Mon February 3 - Wed February 5, 2020

Modular Synthesizers Workshop

This hands-on workshop is a practical introduction to modular sound synthesis and electronic sound creation using VCV Rack. Learn to create a 'patch' to produce electronic sound and leave with the tools for limitless sound creation.

Previously the preserve of wealthy and patient music makers tangled up with wires in giant blinking boxes, the joy of creating sounds on a modular synth is now available inside your laptop via the free virtual modular synthesizer VCV Rack. Whether you are an experienced sound creator or curious music fan, modular synthesis with VCV Rack offers virtually limitless audio creation tools and sonic experimentation.

Workshop Outline We'll cover everything you need to patch and compose with modular synths over two days. We'll move from basic technique to hands on applications in your own creative musical context. Day 1
o Brief history of modular synthesis, terms and techniques with A/V materials and short demonstration on physical hardware
o Introduction to VCV Rack virtual modular, module browser, connecting to your laptop's audio output
o Making your first sounds by building a basic VCO VCF VCA patch in VCV Rack
o Expanding the sonic possibilities of a basic patch with Gates, Envelopes, LFO, Sequencers, and other specialized modules
o Understanding building block modules: VCO, VCA, VCF, LFO, Scope, Audio Interface
o Saving and recalling and sharing your patches Day 2
o Further expansion of patching techniques using Noise, Random, Quantizer modules
o Building percussive drum machine patches using multiple voices and modules
o Building generative and ambient patches
o Sharing patches and refining students patches with one on one guidance from the instructor
This hands-on workshop is a practical introduction to modular sound synthesis and electronic sound creation using VCV Rack. Learn to create a 'patch' to produce electronic sound and leave with the tools for limitless sound creation. Previously the preserve of wealthy and patient...
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  • Mon Feb 3 (6pm - 9pm)
  • Wed Feb 5 (6pm - 9pm)
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