Learning Modular

is creating deep content to help users of all levels master modular synths
Mastering modular synthesizers can be a challenge: There are over a thousand modules to choose from, and all too few are intuitive to use. I want to help you gain a deeper understanding of the modules you own, and make better purchase decisions when you decide to add to your system. I already have four Learning Modular Synthesis courses online, co-wrote Patch & Tweak – a new book on modular synthesis, have a web site with additional information such as a glossary for beginners, and appear on other social media channels.

This Patreon page is the next level. Here I share module deep-dives, studio and performance techniques, bits of modular history, plus insider information on module design. Beginners through module designers will hopefully find a wealth of information in these posts, as I regularly discuss best practices (and necessary workarounds) when using modular synths. The videos and articles I create are not just simple unboxings or filter sweeps – I first learn how each module works inside, and then carefully explain the important bits to you, including sharing ideas of how to use these modules and techniques in your own music. I also share my thoughts on modular synthesis based on my many years studying, playing, and designing these beasts.

So who the heck am I? I learned synthesis in the late 70s on a modular Steiner-Parker Synthasystem. A PAiA modular was my college dorm companion; shortly after graduating, I landed an engineering job at Sequential Circuits where I created Vector Synthesis, and went on to work for Digidesign, Tom Oberheim, and Roland. During this time I wrote for Music Technology and Keyboard magazines, was Technical Chairman of the MIDI Manufacturers Association, and taught synthesis at UCLA Extension. After a few-decade detour with my wife (& fellow synthesist) creating visuals in Hollywood, I’m back into modular synthesis with both feet, happily sharing what I know with users both new and old. Thank you for helping me share.
Tiers
+1 Volt/Octave Control Voltage
$1 or more per month

Your support is greatly appreciated! In exchange, you will be receiving:

  • excellent karma
  • early or exclusive access to posts on synthesis concepts
  • my monthly email newsletter from LearningModular.com

You will be billed upon joining, and then the 1st of the month thereafter.  

+5 Volt Gate & Trigger
$5 or more per month

In addition to the +1v/Oct benefits above, in exchange for your ongoing support you will also receive:

  • access to the extended version of my Eurorack Expansion online course
  • exclusive posts with additional information for all of my new module videos
  • other random perks, such as first crack at any modules I’m selling
+12 Volt Power
$12 or more per month
In addition to the +1v/Oct and +5v Gate benefits above, you will receive access to all of my modular synthesis courses on LearningModular.com for as long as you remain a supporter at this level.
+/–12 Volt, 24 Amp Mega-Power
$24 or more per month

In addition to everything above, with this level of support I’ll give you direct, personal advice on what modules to consider next for your own system, based on what you have now, your plans, and the modules I know. You’ll also receive a signed copy of the Alias Zone/Lucid Dreams CD I produced and performed on, AFIM’s winner of the Best Independent Electronic / Ambient release back in 2003.

Mastering modular synthesizers can be a challenge: There are over a thousand modules to choose from, and all too few are intuitive to use. I want to help you gain a deeper understanding of the modules you own, and make better purchase decisions when you decide to add to your system. I already have four Learning Modular Synthesis courses online, co-wrote Patch & Tweak – a new book on modular synthesis, have a web site with additional information such as a glossary for beginners, and appear on other social media channels.

This Patreon page is the next level. Here I share module deep-dives, studio and performance techniques, bits of modular history, plus insider information on module design. Beginners through module designers will hopefully find a wealth of information in these posts, as I regularly discuss best practices (and necessary workarounds) when using modular synths. The videos and articles I create are not just simple unboxings or filter sweeps – I first learn how each module works inside, and then carefully explain the important bits to you, including sharing ideas of how to use these modules and techniques in your own music. I also share my thoughts on modular synthesis based on my many years studying, playing, and designing these beasts.

So who the heck am I? I learned synthesis in the late 70s on a modular Steiner-Parker Synthasystem. A PAiA modular was my college dorm companion; shortly after graduating, I landed an engineering job at Sequential Circuits where I created Vector Synthesis, and went on to work for Digidesign, Tom Oberheim, and Roland. During this time I wrote for Music Technology and Keyboard magazines, was Technical Chairman of the MIDI Manufacturers Association, and taught synthesis at UCLA Extension. After a few-decade detour with my wife (& fellow synthesist) creating visuals in Hollywood, I’m back into modular synthesis with both feet, happily sharing what I know with users both new and old. Thank you for helping me share.

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105
Images
2
Links
6
Polls
14
Updates
123
Videos
Tiers
+1 Volt/Octave Control Voltage
$1 or more per month

Your support is greatly appreciated! In exchange, you will be receiving:

  • excellent karma
  • early or exclusive access to posts on synthesis concepts
  • my monthly email newsletter from LearningModular.com

You will be billed upon joining, and then the 1st of the month thereafter.  

+5 Volt Gate & Trigger
$5 or more per month

In addition to the +1v/Oct benefits above, in exchange for your ongoing support you will also receive:

  • access to the extended version of my Eurorack Expansion online course
  • exclusive posts with additional information for all of my new module videos
  • other random perks, such as first crack at any modules I’m selling
+12 Volt Power
$12 or more per month
In addition to the +1v/Oct and +5v Gate benefits above, you will receive access to all of my modular synthesis courses on LearningModular.com for as long as you remain a supporter at this level.
+/–12 Volt, 24 Amp Mega-Power
$24 or more per month

In addition to everything above, with this level of support I’ll give you direct, personal advice on what modules to consider next for your own system, based on what you have now, your plans, and the modules I know. You’ll also receive a signed copy of the Alias Zone/Lucid Dreams CD I produced and performed on, AFIM’s winner of the Best Independent Electronic / Ambient release back in 2003.