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Modular Synthesis for a newb.

Post by abotikon » Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:45 am

Hello people, I was wondering where a good place to start would be for someone who is interested in getting into modular synths but has absolutely no experience with them and a limited budget. The world of modular synthesis seems very fascinating to me but also very intimidating. What are some good references / synths to start with?

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Post by ford442 » Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:11 am

there are lots of software synths that you can learn with.. not all free, but a lot less expensive than many modular beasts...

i have AudioRealism Semi Modular for example which has lots of routings ... i think i'll mess with it right now as soon as my analogs warm up... :)

propellerhead's Reason also has some patch capabilities and is quite an interesting product if you haven;t checked it out already...
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Post by Mush » Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:13 am

A Nord Micro Modular will be a good thing to make you realize what you want in a modular setup. It is cheap and you can sell it when you've learned the way of modular synthesis and decided your basic setup of modules. Another idea might be to download the G2 Demo-software if you're on a Windows-machine or a PowerPC-mac.

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Post by ColorForm2113 » Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:25 am

ive been messing around with the free demo of Arturia Moog Modular V. its pretty fun except for the static hiss that comes in every few seconds (this is only on the demo to prevent using it in live or studio enviroment). i have learned alot about modular synths, and new ideas for my micromoog and 'foogers as well.

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Post by synapsecollapse » Mon Jun 09, 2008 9:51 am

+1 for the nord micro modular.

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Post by crystalmsc » Mon Jun 09, 2008 10:28 am

Mush wrote:A Nord Micro Modular
+1, the G1 and the rich educational material on the net will be a great entrance.
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Post by GeneralBigbag » Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:21 pm

crystalmsc wrote:
Mush wrote:A Nord Micro Modular
+1, the G1 and the rich educational material on the net will be a great entrance.
+1 again - there's huge amounts of stuff online from people who really, really know what they're doing.
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Post by thosquanta » Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:22 pm

and, unlike, day, akai, nord knows how to write a users manual.

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Post by Yoozer » Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:14 pm

Seconding (thirding, fourthing, whatevering) the Nord Micromodular. Awesome machine.
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Post by carbon111 » Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:32 pm

The Nord Micromodular was my first modular. Perfect intoduction to the modular universe!

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Post by garranimal » Mon Jun 09, 2008 11:41 pm

ford442 wrote:there are lots of software synths that you can learn with.. not all free, but a lot less expensive than many modular beasts...
I'm using TimewARP 2600 (guitar center was getting rid of it for $60). The Arturia version would be another good way to go. Been meaning to try the Moog Modular V but haven't gotten around to it.

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Re: Modular Synthesis for a newb.

Post by guitarsandsynths » Tue Jun 10, 2008 8:17 am

abotikon wrote:Hello people, I was wondering where a good place to start would be for someone who is interested in getting into modular synths but has absolutely no experience with them and a limited budget. The world of modular synthesis seems very fascinating to me but also very intimidating. What are some good references / synths to start with?
It's not that hard to learn, and I would not waist time with crappy digital s**t. Check this out:
http://www.synthesizers.com
Real modular for a really affordable price.
Check out the entry system plan. They also have a discussion forum that is really good.
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Post by neandrewthal » Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:26 am

guitarsandsynths wrote: I would not waist time with crappy digital s**t.

Aw come on, there's no arm in it for those who can't foot the bill of a bone-afied anal-log :roll:
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Re: Modular Synthesis for a newb.

Post by Yoozer » Tue Jun 10, 2008 10:56 am

guitarsandsynths wrote:and I would not waist time with crappy digital s**t.
That "digital s**t" which you most likely haven't even tried does not matter one bit if what you want is to learn.
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Re: Modular Synthesis for a newb.

Post by Jack Spider » Tue Jun 10, 2008 11:40 am

guitarsandsynths wrote:It's not that hard to learn, and I would not waist time with crappy digital s**t.
We can do without comments like this, thanks. Although it might be 'crappy digital s**t' to you, it clearly isn't to people who I know for a fact have created some fantastic music using it.

Some very good advice has been handed out here with regards to learning, which is what Abotikon asked.
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