Can we talk about modular synths?



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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby greyscales » Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:06 am

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Confuzzled wrote:I really want to get into modular synths but I'm guessing that you can't just buy one. That you need to get a few as well as a case. What would the basic startup for a modular setup be? Where does one start by way of units?

I always recommend starting with something like the Mother 32. You get everything you need to start in one package and can then add a case and random modules to supplement it whenever you like after


Yah. I started with a Make Noise 0-Coast. Probably any semi-modular is good to start so you can get a feel for w.t.f. is going on with patching and etc.

0-Coast, Mother 32, and DFAM are great entry points to modular. I heartily recommend watching a lot of demos on all of them so you can see what kind of approach interests you most. They've all got their advantages and downsides.

It's definitely possible to jump all in on modular and skip the semi-modular path but it takes a lot more money to get going on something you aren't 100% committed to yet.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby behndy » Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:55 am

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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby doommeow » Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:43 am

greyscales wrote:
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MrNovember wrote:
Confuzzled wrote:I really want to get into modular synths but I'm guessing that you can't just buy one. That you need to get a few as well as a case. What would the basic startup for a modular setup be? Where does one start by way of units?

I always recommend starting with something like the Mother 32. You get everything you need to start in one package and can then add a case and random modules to supplement it whenever you like after


Yah. I started with a Make Noise 0-Coast. Probably any semi-modular is good to start so you can get a feel for w.t.f. is going on with patching and etc.

0-Coast, Mother 32, and DFAM are great entry points to modular. I heartily recommend watching a lot of demos on all of them so you can see what kind of approach interests you most. They've all got their advantages and downsides.

It's definitely possible to jump all in on modular and skip the semi-modular path but it takes a lot more money to get going on something you aren't 100% committed to yet.


I think Neutron is probably the best starting point, especially for the complete noob. More patch points, and access to pretty much every part of the circuit, and definitely the cheapest for someone just dipping their toes in. The 0-coast does show you all the normalled connections on the front panel, which is a plus starting out, but still isn’t as intuitive and immediate as the Neutron imo.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Ghost Hip » Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:01 pm

Made another Matriarch + Euro patch video. :hobbes:

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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby MrNovember » Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:34 pm

Sounds great man! I need to sit down with my Matriarch again. It's been a few weeks since I've had time to play. Planning on rearranging my studio this weekend hopefully
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Faldoe » Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:11 pm

that's fucked up. Like a vocoder from another dimension.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby behndy » Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:48 am

put in about 12 minutes with the Squib and i like it. just ran a Metron beat into her, cycling through the included kits, damn fine stuff. going to read the manual tomorrow then dive in more.

also, as much as i like right angle Tendrils for a lot of things, they take up too much room on cramped. architecture synths.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Ghost Hip » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:53 am

behndy wrote:also, as much as i like right angle Tendrils for a lot of things, they take up too much room on cramped. architecture synths.


Yeah Tendrils are funky. I really like my short tendrils for those close proximity/semi-permanent connections, but once I start getting a lot of connections going they're kind of a pain in the ass. They're perfect for the Matriarch though since it is not such a crowded space and they stay out of the way.

Curious if there are similar cables to tendrils but not right angled because I really like the thickness/flexibility of them but wish the longer ones were straight jacks.

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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby MrNovember » Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:36 pm

I would really like to grab a bunch of Tendrils for my setup, but I can't justify spending on a bunch of cables when I already have so many cables.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby yeatsvisitslincoln » Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:26 pm

The Luigi’s Modular PAR cables are probably a little more rigid, but have two lengths of tips to alleviate plugging a bunch of cables in next to each other. I’ve been using them for a month or so and it’s been worrying pretty well.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby behndy » Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:14 pm

yah. mainly love to use Tendrals for from Metron to Squib, buuuuuut that is a Hooker With No Lube Times messy mess.

i've been doggedly trying to use Tends for everything, but mixing them up with straights (i use Black Market Modulars) is way better.

Tendies are awesooooooome bridging stackables.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Muse FTW » Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:37 pm

ZPO + Stereo Dipole is a fucking lethal combo.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby behndy » Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:07 pm

i dunno what all is doing what to what here. but i DIG it.



liiiiiking those black panels too. i'm listening.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby behndy » Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:25 pm

"The output won't be Euro VCO levels of 10vpp but it is certainly enough to use inside the modular. The design focused on the most common uses of send/return and end of chain duties"

that... makes me way less excited.
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Re: Can we talk about modular synths?

Postby Ghost Hip » Thu Nov 21, 2019 12:24 pm

behndy wrote:"The output won't be Euro VCO levels of 10vpp but it is certainly enough to use inside the modular. The design focused on the most common uses of send/return and end of chain duties"

that... makes me way less excited.


Oof. Little worrisome but willing to check out some video demos when they are up to see how people work with that potential volume difference.
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