MATRIXSYNTH: Exploring Modular Synths - Easy Patch Introduction Videos

Friday, July 01, 2016

Exploring Modular Synths - Easy Patch Introduction Videos

Published on Jul 1, 2016 Modular Landing


Exploring Modular Synths Episode 0 - Beginner's Mind - Introduction and First Patch

"This video is for beginners interested in exploring modular synthesis. It explains what a modular synth is, different types of modules, and how to create a first patch. I try to go step by step and use Pressure Points and Brains as a sequencer to run the Dixie ii+ oscillator, Peaks for envelopes, and the Echophon delay."

Exploring Modular Synths - Easy Patch Introduction Video 1
"This video series is an introduction to modular synthesizers, with each video exploring a few modules and showing how to create an easy patch. This first video features the Make Noise Rene, the Intellijel Dixie ii+, the Xaoc Batumi and the Harvestman Polivoks filter. This is on an introductory level so we're just scratching the surface of these wonderful modules!"

Exploring Modular Synths - Easy Patch Introduction Video 2
"The second video in a series exploring modular synthesis a few modules at a time by showing easy patches step-by-step. This patch explores using Make Noise Maths to control a Make Noise Rene sequencer, going to a Wiard Anti-oscillator, further modulated by a Make Noise Pressure Points, and finally into the Mutable Instruments Clouds for some granular effects."

Exploring Modular Synths - Easy Patch Introduction 3 - Batumi and Clouds
"A patch exploring just two modules -- the Xaoc Batumi and Mutable Instruments Clouds. The Batumi is used both as a sound source and to modulate itself and Clouds. Only these two modules are used (the Azimuth is just trimming the output to the monitors to control levels and could be removed from the patch)."

Exploring Modular Synths - Introduction to Patching No. 4
"This is a quick run through of a more complex patch on the modular synthesizer."

Exploring Modular Synths - Patch 5 - Getting Your Synth to Play Along using the 4ms SMR
"This video explores using the 4ms Spectral Multiband Resonator as an evelope/trigger generator based on incoming signal, to turn your modular synth into an accompanyist that can play along with any kind of music. In this case music is played from a Radio Music module. The end result was kind of like a drunk tuba player and a drunk jazz drummer playing along with the music -- more tweaking could no doubt create a better effect!"

Exploring Modular Synths - 6 - Fuller patch with three sequencers and Pressure Points for Chords
"First I explain the patch, which is using Pressure Points for chords, and three sequencers (two Mother 32's and the Rene), plus Dixie ii+, Wiard Anti-oscillators and Braids for sound sources, and Peaks for a bass drum. Then I play the patch a bit."

Exploring Modular Synths 7
"This video explores a patch centered around the 4ms Spectral Multiband Resonator. Explanation is given and then the patch is played."

Exploring Modular Synths 8 - Using the Echophon as an Oscillator
"Almost anything in your modular synth, it seems, can be used as an oscillator or sound source. In this very simple video, the Echophon is used as an oscillator by capturing some inputted audio with the freeze button. It is sped up to audio rate, and then CV comes in via the pitch input to play that frozen audio."

Modular Expedition 22 - Improvised Modular Synthesizer Music
"Live performance on a modular synthesizer. An explanation of the patch is given in the video 'Exploring Modular Synths 9'."

Exploring Modular Synths 9 - Explanation of Patch and Performance of Modular Expeditions 22
"This video explains a somewhat involved patch used in the piece "Modular Expeditions 22" which is available as a separate video without explanation and with better audio quality. If you haven't seen that, you can go watch that first. In this video, after the explanation of the patch, the piece is played through as a shorter version than the other video. This piece is built around a sequence in the Rene that goes out to the Dixie, the Intellijel Shapeshifter, and Braids. Drums from the Ladik Twin Drums module and hi-hats from noise from a Mother 32 accompany. The piece begins and ends with pads from Pressure Points into two Wiard Anti-oscillators and into a 4ms Spectral Multiband Resonator complement the piece, played into Clouds. Echophon is used for some DJ-like wiggling effects at times."

Modular Expedition 23 - Random Orchestral Movements in the Dark
"Live performance on a modular synthesizer. The explanation for this patch can be found in the video 'Exploring Modular Synths 10.' The patch is meant to resemble an experimental sympohony orchestra and is built around a Korg SQ-1 sequencer, Intellijel Shapeshifter and Mutable Instruments Clouds. Thanks for watching!"

Exploring Modular Synths 10 - Clouds and Shapeshifter for Random Orchestral Movements in the Dark
"This patch uses the Korg SQ-1 sequencer, the Intellijel Shapeshifter and Clouds to create the effect of a symphony orchestra playing an experimental piece of music. The Batumi and Dixie ii+ are used for low-frequency oscillation for modulation. A fuller performance of the patch is available as 'Modular Expedition 23.'"

Exploring Modular Synths 11 - Self-patching a Dixie oscillator
"This video tutorial for beginners starts with an exploration of what happens when you start to patch an oscillator back into itself, using the Dixie ii+ as an example. The self-patched Dixie is then sequenced with a Make Noise Rene and Pressure Points going into an Echophon and Mutable Instruments Clouds. Thanks for watching!"

Exploring Modular Synths 12 - Strymon Big Sky
"This video explores a basic patch with the Shapeshifter sequenced by the Rene to show off the Strymon Big Sky and what it can add to a modular synth"

Exploring Modular Synths 13
"A video showing a patch of a groovy synth bass line featuring the Strymon Big Sky reverb pedal."

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