Synthesizers and Samplers
This is the latest installment of my eurorack modular synth build process. Its been about 10 months of buying and learning new modules and understanding the new permutations that come with each purchase. I am still a little cloudy on the Maths module but otherwise feel like I have a solid handle on most everything else. I had started a new track and let it languish a little as other commitments were getting in the way, but the purchase of a used Fender Jazz Bass was enough to get me back in the studio playing with some sounds, and the modular patch I was working with started sounding interesting, so I rolled a little video.
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- Robert Rich On Live Modular Synthesizer Performance (synthtopia.com)
Well its January 2010 so you know what that means? Its NAMM time again, so the flood of new product offerings and announcements is underway. Looks like Doepfer has several new products, some of which look quite promising. Remember of course, that none of these are shipping, and the designs of some of these modules are still in flux, and could end up being very different, if and when they do get released.
Voltage Controlled DIY Effects A-187-1
Of late, I have been bitten by the modular synthesis bug. For those of you who don’t know what that exactly means, let me quickly explain. Most synthesizers whether analog, digital, or virtual are comprised of sound generation components called Oscillators (aka a VCO), Filters (VCF), & Amplifiers (VCA), and modulation sources like Envelope Generators (EG), & Low Frequency Oscillators (LFO). In addition to this there are Noise Generators, Sample & Hold Circuits (S&H), wave shapers and many other possible accessories too numerous to mention. The “VC” in many of those designations stands for “voltage controlled” which actually only applies to analog synthesis, so in a digital, it might be called a DCO, and in virtual synthesis since it is really just software modeling going on, they may choose VCO or DCO as the metaphor for what the oscillator is doing since it is literally neither. What gives any given synth its distinctively characteristic sound, is how many of these items, of what type, in what configuration you have.
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