Why did you end up getting into modular?

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Why did you end up getting into modular?

It looked & sounded cool
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8%
The DAW was getting boring
23
6%
Looking for ways of exploring analog synthesis
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25%
Inspired by others bands/people using them
15
4%
All of the above
103
29%
A different reason not listed
95
27%
 
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Post by scottmoon » Wed May 14, 2014 11:06 am

I can't pound on my drums anymore due to health reasons. I was tired of the sounds from soft synths and samples. Plus my bud Chris was having such a good time with his Buchla.
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Post by bkbirge » Wed May 14, 2014 2:16 pm

For da honeyz of course.
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Post by tilman » Wed May 14, 2014 2:53 pm

spent a day at schneiders...

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Post by dsu » Tue May 20, 2014 8:57 pm

Exposure as a child in the late 60's. Contact in early 70's. It was only modular in those days.

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Post by Satyrs » Thu May 22, 2014 5:17 am

I was finding myself frustrated with the limitations of regular synths and was looking for more 'unique' sounds and being frustrated with locked down signal paths.

Also I am terrible at saving money :guinness: The idea that I can take $100-$200 out of my paycheck and buy one module at a time as opposed to saving for a while for a heavily featured mono-synth was very appealing.

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Post by alternating.bit » Thu May 22, 2014 5:48 am

HILARIOUS!!!!!!! :tu:
Here's my updated version:

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Post by mousegarden » Thu May 22, 2014 6:12 am

Something terrible happened, and I needed a distraction, simple as that. I didn't think that it would be useful to me musically in any way whatsoever. But it has been more interesting than I thought it would be, so I'll continue. That's it in a nutshell.

MouseGarden.

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Post by olesandström » Thu May 22, 2014 3:30 pm

simply got bored with normal synths and i liked the idea of having a growing synth that you can adapt to your needs. or just add something crazy and experiment with that.

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Post by suboptimal » Thu May 22, 2014 4:15 pm

I like playing with noises in an unstructured environment. :nana:

It appeals to my obsessive/compulsive consumption habits. :ripbanana:

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Post by deltaphoenix » Thu May 22, 2014 9:21 pm

ImageThis is why …I saw an amazing performance by this guy!Image

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Post by Drakhe » Fri May 23, 2014 6:16 am

I've always been occupied with music, tried my hand at guitar, Blues Harp and keyboard, but I never truely got the hang of it. Enter Modular. I believe I figured it out. I'm a programmer at heart (and training) and the modular environment is very close to that. Components need to be linked, there are all kinds of logic going on and there's troubleshooting required quite often (my most favorite part in programming: bug hunting).

Another important aspect of modulars: there's all kinds of levels of acomplishment: a patch, drone or soundscape is fun just as much as full blown multi-track compositions. With other instruments I always felt there was a need to get to a finished product = song. In Modulars a patch can be the end product. And just as in programming where you build a library of sub routines and functions, in modular you build a library of patches and patching techniques.

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Post by radiokoala » Fri May 23, 2014 6:52 am

deltaphoenix wrote:ImageThis is why …I saw an amazing performance by this guy!Image
:lol:

Joke of the month lol.
Witness 60 minutes of audio-visual industrial psy-techno
jam-offering (and press like so this wipes away minecraft
videos clean from the trends and we get to see
some proper rave action there, FINALLY):

Image

/ My electro-rap debut!! (video)
/ Analog & modular videos
:smoke:

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Post by alternating.bit » Fri May 23, 2014 7:15 am

radiokoala wrote:
deltaphoenix wrote:ImageThis is why …I saw an amazing performance by this guy!Image
:lol:

Joke of the month lol.
Joke is lost on me as I have no idea who that is.

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Post by Drakhe » Fri May 23, 2014 7:56 am

alternating.bit wrote:
radiokoala wrote:
deltaphoenix wrote:ImageThis is why …I saw an amazing performance by this guy!Image
:lol:

Joke of the month lol.
Joke is lost on me as I have no idea who that is.
Billy Corgan (of Smashing Pumpkins fame) who recently has been performing 8 and 9 hour long modular improv's

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Post by alternating.bit » Fri May 23, 2014 8:02 am

omg - I'm a huge Smashing Pumkins fan actually lol... I guess I'm much more familiar with the music than the faces behind it. Thanks for that.

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Post by rktic » Tue May 27, 2014 4:06 pm

After 25 years of music production inside the computer i at last figured out that certain sampling frequency constraints inside the DAW will never be overcome.

And i sincerely wanted properly modulated FM sounds. So...

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Post by bkbirge » Tue May 27, 2014 4:22 pm

rktic wrote:After 25 years of music production inside the computer i at last figured out that certain sampling frequency constraints inside the DAW will never be overcome.

And i sincerely wanted properly modulated FM sounds. So...
You must've been an alpha tester for digidesign, lol.

Modular & Dork Rock:
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Racks:
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https://www.modulargrid.net/e/racks/view/89177
https://www.modulargrid.net/e/racks/view/379579


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Post by rktic » Wed May 28, 2014 10:45 am

Hahaha, not really.

If you grew up with the lovely SID & Paula sound, respectively trackers, making music is often more about restrictions and ideas than the sound. But after having so much fun with our (AudioRealisms) Semi Modular plugin i luckily once figured out how deep this Pandora box goes. :goo:

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Post by kimu » Fri May 30, 2014 12:54 am

I get on the modular as natural evolution from workstation and then va and then analog synth.
I felt that va doest not sound as good as I like so moved to real analog but felt kind of limitation and so finally switched on modular
http://rsto.bandcamp.com/album/constellation my last album in free streaming and download (post-rock / synths / piano)

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Post by alternating.bit » Fri May 30, 2014 4:51 am

rktic wrote:Hahaha, not really.

If you grew up with the lovely SID & Paula sound, respectively trackers...
Ever use Impulse Tracker? I used that for a few years. Archaic, but powerful.

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Post by carlosnyb » Sat May 31, 2014 10:31 pm

alternating.bit wrote:Ever use Impulse Tracker? I used that for a few years. Archaic, but powerful.
Trackers are fun! I've used Renoise a bit.

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Post by kvitekp » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:57 am

Heard Jurgen Haible Living VCO once and that was enough to get me started with the modular.
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Post by Ty » Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:29 pm

"Nice! Can the video synth modules interact with the sound modules? I assume you can send CV from an audio module to a video module? Very cool. I saw a quick demo of some video modules from NAMM last year, but didn't think they looked very good. Do you have any video modules you really like? I'd love to see some actual good ones. The ones I saw seemed to basically just add some color and some of the ordinary noise you can create with a poor VHS-tape"

Yes, sharing CV is one way to get them to dance together. LZX also makes a Audio Frequency Decoder which turns specific frequencies into CV.

The only stand alone eurorack video module I know of is Dave Jones MVIP. I like it. It has CV inputs for 5 different image adjustments. With LZX, there are a couple core modules you need in order to get started. (new core module announced for this summer - then only one core module will be necessary!) It takes a few Video Waveform Generators and other modules to do shape creation, etc.

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Post by Gez » Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:04 pm

Was building my own kit mostly circuit bent rather than new build and needed a new learning curve to go at. Also ive reached a point where a lot of music doesn't excite me anymore. I want to hear more interesting soundscapes.

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Post by PraxisCat » Sun Dec 13, 2015 2:03 pm

Satyrs wrote:I was finding myself frustrated with the limitations of regular synths and was looking for more 'unique' sounds and being frustrated with locked down signal paths.
This. It's also why I got into things like MAX, Reaktor, etc.
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