This page is dedicated to one of my obsessions started in 2012 (related to music creating), which is modular synths.
photo by Kimi95
What is a modular synth? It is an electronic instrument, which has specialised modules connected with patch cables. At the same year in 1963 Robert “Bob” Moog (1934-2005) on the East Coast and Don Buchla (1937-) on the West Coast of USA designed the first voltage controlled modulars: Moog Modular 1, 2, 3 and Buchla Series 100. A basic modular contains VCO (voltage controlled oscillator, generates a continous tuned sound), VCF (voltage controlled filter, cuts all frequencies above or below a point) and VCA (voltage controlled amplifier, amplifies signal). A standard patch is VCO->VCF->VCA.
photo by Nina Richards
Currently I’m planning buying my first ever beginner system this year. Can’t wait to have a 3U rack with some modules to start!
I’m patching a new big Eurorack in 2013.
Common modular synth formats
- Eurorack: smallest format and usually cheaper modules, 3U height, 1/8″ jack cables. Some brands with the widest module selection are:
photo by gmacklin
- Fractional Rack: small format, but very few brands compared to Euro, 3U height, 1/8″ jack cables. Module manufacturer list:
photo by glacial23
- 5U: biggest format, a bit expensive than Euro, 1/4″ jack cables. Notable brands:
- Buchla: the most expensive format, banana cables. photo by Michael Tiemann
- Serge: at the moment only vintage parts, bit lighter financially than Buchla, 4U height, banana cables. photo by Mikael Altemark
- Online modular synth planning – Modular grid
- First forum for all things modular – Muffwiggler
- Eurorack database for modules – Eurorack DB