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Post by gowans » Fri Mar 11, 2011 9:59 pm

id love to dive into this, to just do some nice sequencing of weird rhythms n that but i literally have no clue what so ever about any of it. it looks really interesting, and wouldnt mind a small system, but i just cant get my head around it at all. the whole CV thing is confusing. i understand its a control voltage but i dont know how it works thats what confuses me. im thinking id just need a few vco's vca vcf etc. basically a synth get up then some sequencing module?

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Post by oblioblioblio » Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:52 am

that's sensible dude. start with sound modules with midi-cv converter, and then see what else you can do.

honestly, you've got nothing to worry about. CV is childs play. I don't even think about it. It's just a way of sending information/messages between dfferent modules. All audio is voltage. And CV is the same but slower... like an LFO is just a very slow audio oscillator.

It takes some practice... it requires new skills that you mght not have learnt with other machines. But it's natural and you don't need to be a rocket scientist. Anyone who is prepapred to learn something new can do it.

It's hard to find the information... there's not a manua,l but the information is out there.

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Post by gowans » Sat Mar 12, 2011 1:43 am

thanks mate, im gonna check through this thread from front to back. i just need a basic system really, im more interested in the sequencing side of things, thats also confusing me, im used to seeing things laid out in a step sequencer format for me so i can visualise. i dont really make much 4/4 music now, ive been getting into a lot of 2step, half time stuff recently so im much more into percussion than big chords and pads, so if i can have a very small system that could handle some really fucked up rhythms from some percussion modules and some other basic sound modules that would be great for me.


if anyone can recommend a good setup for that or point me to a thread on the internet to help me with this id consider doing it straight away, as theres literally a mountain of modules out there and i dont know where to look, theres just too much info. im really confused as to what modules to get :(

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Post by goomba » Sat Mar 12, 2011 7:29 am

Nice one steevio! :D
oblioblioblio wrote:i guess i just feel annoyed that I wasted 1000 posts trying to explain something that could have taken a 2 minute video to show! :)

But whatever, I guess the end result is the most important thing. Modular is brilliant! (unless you're someone who doesn't like modular)
I listened bro! :)
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Post by steevio » Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:17 pm

@gowans

i might be able to help you with the sequencing thing, my modular is heavy on the sequencing side, but i agree with oblio that maybe to get the hang of it, its easier to start with software sequencing.

then you can get a feel for it with things that are fairly easy to understand like VCOs, VCFs etc.

but if you want help with sequencing, i'm sure i can.

if you tell me how much you've got to spend, it will make it easier to asses your options.

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Post by ::BLM:: » Sat Mar 12, 2011 2:34 pm

I like the look of the mfb oscs. You could esserntially build their synths from the individual parts as they pretty much offer them all.

Whats the loop function on most of the EG's I keep seeing? How does that work?

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Post by oblioblioblio » Sat Mar 12, 2011 2:46 pm

i'm not talking about modular on here any more.

yep i've thrown my rattle out the pram.

muffwiggler.com has answers to every question you can think of. yes, some of the guys there make music with bleeps and bloops.

looping envelope. the envelope circuit feeds a 'go' message (a trigger) into it's own input when it reaches the end of the envelope. if that doesn't make sense... it turns the EG into an LFO.

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Post by steevio » Sat Mar 12, 2011 7:09 pm

@oblio

do you fancy running a modular workshop at Freerotation ?

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