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The most important things I've learned in my first year of modular

Post by Bitter Synth » Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:54 am

My journey into modular has been an awesome experience and I'm loving every minute spent in front of my rig. It has been a year during which I've learned a lot of new things. Here are a few of them.

1. You definitely need Make Noise Maths in order to be true.
1.1 Unless you want to be really true, then you don't have Maths, but for a different reason.
1.2 So either way you're not true. This is like lifting weights. Do you really lift? No you don't.

2. Your modular case always tunrs out to be 1 HP too small.
2.1 So you buy another case. That one is also 1 HP too small.
2.2 You then realise that with a smaller size comes great muscial innovation.
2.3 So you ditch the big ones and get a smaller one.
2.4 You then realise that the smaller case is 1 HP too small.

3. If you don't have a Mordax Data you're not really doing modular, are you?
3.1 So you get a Mordax Data and mainly use it to look a funny colorful lines.
3.2 This causes you to run out of room in your case by exactly 1 HP.

4. You should not buy a single module without knowing exactly what you want your modular to do.
4.1 It is impossible to know what you want your synth to do without buying a bunch of modules

5. You can never have too many VCAs.
5.1 This one is actually true.
5.2 So you buy more VCAs.
5.3 See 2.0 above.

6. Patching Rings into Clouds sounds great.
6.1 But patching Rings into Clouds is a mortal sin
6.2 This is a bit like some religions don't allow bacon.
6.3 I mean, it's bacon.

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Re: The most important things I've learned in my first year of modular

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:yay: AMEN brother! :spin:

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Re: The most important things I've learned in my first year of modular

Post by ggillon » Thu Feb 04, 2021 6:44 am

The most important thing I've learned in my second year of modular is:

-If what your are doing makes you happy and you are having fun doing it, you are doing it right. Everything else is meaningless. Especially the opinion of others. Don't fall for the trap of validation.

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Post by EATyourGUITAR » Thu Feb 04, 2021 11:52 am

the biggest lesson learned is that this stuff is expensive but it only makes the fart sound :bang:
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Re: The most important things I've learned in my first year of modular

Post by Bitter Synth » Thu Feb 04, 2021 12:55 pm

ggillon wrote:
Thu Feb 04, 2021 6:44 am
Don't fall for the trap of validation.
Validation? Is that a module? Where can I get it? :)

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Post by pugix » Thu Feb 04, 2021 1:21 pm

But my cases always seem to have 1hp left over. This is why I have a single 1hp blank. And it's from Make Noise!
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Re: The most important things I've learned in my first year of modular

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ggillon wrote:
Thu Feb 04, 2021 6:44 am
The most important thing I've learned in my second year of modular is:

-If what your are doing makes you happy and you are having fun doing it, you are doing it right. Everything else is meaningless. Especially the opinion of others. Don't fall for the trap of validation.
I’m just about one year into modular myself, yet 20+ in music production, and it took modular for me to learn this very important eternal truth.

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Re: The most important things I've learned in my first year of modular

Post by Bitter Synth » Thu Feb 04, 2021 4:09 pm

EATyourGUITAR wrote:
Thu Feb 04, 2021 11:52 am
the biggest lesson learned is that this stuff is expensive but it only makes the fart sound :bang:
But those are expensive and exclusive farts.

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pugix wrote:
Thu Feb 04, 2021 1:21 pm
But my cases always seem to have 1hp left over. This is why I have a single 1hp blank. And it's from Make Noise!
And they're black, so they sound better.
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Re: The most important things I've learned in my first year of modular

Post by studio460 » Fri Feb 05, 2021 2:59 am

pugix wrote:
Thu Feb 04, 2021 1:21 pm
But my cases always seem to have 1hp left over. This is why I have a single 1hp blank. And it's from Make Noise!
That's why Erica Synths' Pico line exists! It's the "2hp" of 3hp! I kept getting an annoying 1hp-gap in my odd-sized Waldorf kb37 (107hp). An Erica Synths' RND solved all my problems!
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Re: The most important things I've learned in my first year of modular

Post by ljwall83 » Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:27 am

studio460 wrote:
Fri Feb 05, 2021 2:59 am
That's why Erica Synths' Pico line exists! It's the "2hp" of 3hp! I kept getting an annoying 1hp-gap in my odd-sized Waldorf kb37 (107hp). An Erica Synths' RND solved all my problems!
I finally realise why, however I arrange my modules, I have a damn 1hp gap.

I assumed it was some bad tolerances. Didnt even consider that anyone would be crazy enough to make odd number hp.

But now I realise I have one singular Erica Synths Pico module... :doh: :doh: :doh:

(Perhaps this is the most important thing I have learned in one year with a modular.)
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Re: The most important things I've learned in my first year of modular

Post by Hovmod » Fri Feb 05, 2021 5:19 am

You always need to buy two picos. I bought one, but at the time I had a Megaslope, which is 19hp. NINETEEN! Sold the Megaslope, now have a 1hp hole.

Great post.
I couldn’t find anything about how you never have enough stackables.

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Re: The most important things I've learned in my first year of modular

Post by Arneb » Sat Feb 06, 2021 5:43 pm

I found that not buying odd-HP modules won't save you either... bought an “104HP“ boutique case which turned out to be exactly 105HP.

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ggillon wrote:
Thu Feb 04, 2021 6:44 am
The most important thing I've learned in my second year of modular is:

-If what your are doing makes you happy and you are having fun doing it, you are doing it right. Everything else is meaningless. Especially the opinion of others. Don't fall for the trap of validation.
These are wise words.

I'm 6 months into my first rack and ready to expand. It's hard to find advice on how to grow a rack. To be honest I just like sitting and experimenting with modules and learning how they work. It's so much fun to take a bongo sound and then turn it into something interesting with supporting sounds. Every night I spend a few hours just messing with patches. It's relaxing for me. There's a lot going on right now and bring able to sit and focus and have fun at a hobby like modular is really something I cherish. But it's hard to get advice on how to grow a rack. Module shaming is a real thing! I just want to enjoy something - I don't want to have to worry about what people think of my module choices. I'll put rings into clouds all day if its fun.

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Re: The most important things I've learned in my first year of modular

Post by Sugarwolf » Mon Feb 08, 2021 8:38 am

I have learned to not buy odd hp modules no matter how awesome they seem. I actually sold all mine a couple of years ago and it's been much easier to rearrange without them.

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Re: The most important things I've learned in my first year of modular

Post by stepvhen » Mon Feb 08, 2021 8:51 am

I spent a year without any VCAs (used a LPG and filter cutoffs), and just htis week finally broke down and got one of them Doepfer Octal boys.

I also managed to go a year without filling a 6U case. Just bought a bunch of stuff for the desktop instead. Totally the more cost effective choice. Definitely. What do you mean I don't need 3 FM synths? How did you get in my house?

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Re: The most important things I've learned in my first year of modular

Post by ggillon » Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:05 am

Sugarwolf wrote:
Mon Feb 08, 2021 8:38 am
I have learned to not buy odd hp modules no matter how awesome they seem. I actually sold all mine a couple of years ago and it's been much easier to rearrange without them.
I stop caring about odd hp modules when I realized there are so many awesome Erica Synths Pico modules (3hp). There's always one that will pair nicely with your new odd-hp module. Even something basic like an attenuator or a mult

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Re: The most important things I've learned in my first year of modular

Post by Hovmod » Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:33 am

Arneb wrote:
Sat Feb 06, 2021 5:43 pm
I found that not buying odd-HP modules won't save you either... bought an “104HP“ boutique case which turned out to be exactly 105HP.
Yup, I have one of those. It even has a Moog logo, which used to fill me with a tingling sense of quality and general awesomeness.
I guess the quality guys are on other projects. :despair:

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Re: The most important things I've learned in my first year of modular

Post by Sugarwolf » Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:40 am

ggillon wrote:
Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:05 am
Sugarwolf wrote:
Mon Feb 08, 2021 8:38 am
I have learned to not buy odd hp modules no matter how awesome they seem. I actually sold all mine a couple of years ago and it's been much easier to rearrange without them.
I am much happier with my even sized 4hp Doepher replacements for 3hp Erica ones I replaced. I'd rather have it 1 hp bigger and not have to deal with odd sizes. To each their own...

I stop caring about odd hp modules when I realized there are so many awesome Erica Synths Pico modules (3hp). There's always one that will pair nicely with your new odd-hp module. Even something basic like an attenuator or a mult

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Re: The most important things I've learned in my first year of modular

Post by Derkdigg1er » Wed Feb 10, 2021 1:21 pm

I agree the more modules I got the less creative I got and my patches got worse.

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Re: The most important things I've learned in 50 years of modular.

Post by Pelsea » Mon Feb 15, 2021 3:58 pm

My first year of modular was 1972, but some things never change. Over 50 years, I've discovered these truths:
1. Patch cords come in two lengths:
1.1 Too short.
1.2 Too long.

2. Patch cords don't last forever.
2.1 They last longer if removed using the handle.
2.2 Don't put bad cords back in the rack.

3. A single 8 step sequencer is boring.
3.1 Two sequencers of different lengths are brilliant.

4. A Moog system behaves strangely when operated at half power.
4.1 Don't ask me how I know this.

5. There is nothing to be gained by pounding on misbehaving equipment.
5.1 Except the ire of the studio tech.
5.2 Or a new piece of gear to replace whatever you just trashed.

6. Always be prepared to record what you are doing.
6.1 Most of what you record will be a waste of tape (or whatever we use this week).
6.2 The best bits won't get recorded.

7. The success of sample and hold depends on the source:
7.1 Noise is interesting for about five minutes.
7.2 Periodic waveforms are interesting for maybe ten minutes.
7.3 Noise + feedback from the S&H work well.

8. The most difficult musical element to make interesting is rhythm.
8.1 You are on your own on this one.

9. If you don't do everything in your power to clean up your signal, you are wasting your time.
9.1 On the other hand, we are talking about 70s era technology, so you don't need to go overboard.

10. The usefulness of a module has no correlation to its cost.
10.1 No module can make up for lack of musical ability.
10.2 A real master can produce gold with nothing but an oscillator and amplifier.
Books and tutorials on modular synthesis at http://peterelsea.com
Patch responsibly.
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Re: The most important things I've learned in 50 years of modular.

Post by Hovmod » Tue Feb 16, 2021 7:53 am

Pelsea wrote:
Mon Feb 15, 2021 3:58 pm

4. A Moog system behaves strangely when operated at half power.
4.1 Don't ask me how I know this.

10.2 A real master can produce gold with nothing but an oscillator and amplifier.
Great post.

4 is valid for Doepfer based systems as well. See 4.1.

10.2 was brilliantly demonstrated by Jack White in the intro of It Might get Loud.

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