Newb looking for 'Patching for dummies' kind of thing

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Post by Pelsea » Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:26 pm

I guess I can add this to the list:

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This is a compilation of class handouts I wrote over forty years of teaching synthesis at the University of Iowa and the University of California, Santa Cruz. It has been rewritten for a general audience and 21st century systems. The book breaks down into three sections:
Stuff electronic musicians need to know— mostly definitions of technical terms.
What’s in a synthesizer—descriptions of the modules and what they do.
What to do with your synthesizer—step by step patching from basic beep to music of the Krell.
112 pages, available from Lulu.com. Quickest way to find it is search on “modular synthesizer”
Books and tutorials on modular synthesis at http://peterelsea.com
Patch responsibly.
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Eurorack - White Noise Issue

Post by Schylla17 » Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:32 am

Hi, i'm quite new in this world, so this will be a noob question for sure and i'm sorry for that.

Anyways, i have recently bought a make noise 0 coast and a Mutable Instruments Ripples.

The fact is that when i patch in the waveform from the 0 coast to the Ripples and my headphones to its output, i hear a quite loud white noise in background. I was wondering where does it come from and how can i reduce it.

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Post by pichenettes » Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:18 am

and my headphones to its output
Just don't do that.

You can only plug headphones in... headphone outputs.

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Post by mahler007 » Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:34 am

Thanks for all this info!

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Post by hotstepper » Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:26 pm

Thanks for all the info!!

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Post by GreenPiece » Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:25 pm

Good info, thanks.

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Post by hippasus » Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:07 am

This is a compilation of class handouts I wrote over forty years of teaching synthesis at the University of Iowa and the University of California, Santa Cruz. It has been rewritten for a general audience and 21st century systems. The book breaks down into three sections:
Stuff electronic musicians need to know— mostly definitions of technical terms.
Great to have you in this forum Pelsea.
Is there a way to get a downloadable version of this document from Lulu.com?
I will love to have one but a request from the otherside of the Atlantic doesn't sound like a great option. Or any European distributor? Or did I miss the download link in lulu.com?
Thanks

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Post by mister_wavey » Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:46 am

hippasus wrote: Great to have you in this forum Pelsea.
Is there a way to get a downloadable version of this document from Lulu.com?
I will love to have one but a request from the otherside of the Atlantic doesn't sound like a great option. Or any European distributor? Or did I miss the download link in lulu.com?
Thanks
lulu print locally in many countries. I ordered this book from the UK and received it in a couple handful of days. it is a great read.

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Post by hippasus » Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:52 am

Ordered. Thank you.

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Post by moosey2juicy » Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:00 pm

Great info here!

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Post by Alex69 » Tue May 07, 2019 3:26 pm

This was a great thread, thank you.

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Post by Tun » Mon May 13, 2019 3:34 am

Although a lot of dead links this is a fantastic resource, thank you!

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Post by eurekaa » Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:42 am

Thanks for the list!!

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Post by Vendy Suite » Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:39 am

Great list!

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Post by smithie » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:22 pm

Awesome! Thanks!

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Post by indigogogo » Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:25 pm

This is a wonderful resource Peter! Thank you for linking your book!

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Post by Branconnier » Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:19 pm

Thanks for the tips
Babaluma wrote:i made a post on the WOMB forum about a year ago, listing all the online docs i could find relating to synthesis, should be something here helpful:

http://thewombforums.com/showthread.php?t=12273
i can probably answer anything you have specific questions about. there's quite a lot of info on my modular synth in this thread on the womb:

http://thewombforums.com/showthread.php?t=473

also, there are loads of great web sources available for free. for starters try the sound on sound magazine "synth secrets" series, available here:

http://www.soundonsound.com/search?url= ... ummary=Yes

or the clavia nord lead manual here (relates to all synths though):

http://www.cim.mcgill.ca/~clark/nordmod ... k_toc.html

also, you can find copies of the serge gold book:

http://www.carbon111.com/sergebook.zip

and the arp 2600 manual online for free:

http://www.guitarfool.com/ARP2600.html

sam ecoff also has some great free tutorials here:

http://www.samecoff.com/works.html#Tex

the buchla music easel manual is also a great read:

http://www.wavemakers-synth.com/buchla/PaMtEO.zip

if you're really hard core you'll hunt down a copy of allen strange's "electronic music: systems, techniques, controls" which is by far the best text i have ever come across dealing with modular synthesis. if you can't find an old hard copy you can download a .pdf from the publishers for about $15 here:

https://ebooks.primisonline.com/cgi/sho ... 0390684635

another great reference which you'll probably only find second hand is the the roland "the synthesizer" boxed set of four books.

digisound modular synthesis manual here:

http://www.digisound80.co.uk/digisound/ ... thesis.pdf

thing is, all these manuals are also great courses on subtractive synthesis itself.

another great online resource here:

http://www.xs4all.nl/~rhordijk/Proto/Index.htm

and if none of these answer your questions, then ask over on www.muffwiggler.com where you'll get a hundred different answers to your question. ;)

and whilst all these texts will give you a firm basis in the theory, nothing beats twisting those knobs and hearing what they do!

and even if your synth is modern and digital (or a hardware sampler), all the old subtractive stuff is usually still the basis for the synth engine, so it's all still relevant.

hope that helped!

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Post by Derkdigg1er » Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:11 pm

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Re: Newb looking for 'Patching for dummies' kind of thing

Post by listentoaheartbeat » Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:26 am

I have not seen these posted here before, extremely useful:

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Re: Newb looking for 'Patching for dummies' kind of thing

Post by vqlk » Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:43 am

not sure i've learnt anything that can be written down, besides the manuals of different modules, and how you do need to be aware of signal strength... just me :despair: ?
i'm out, go circle someone else's corpse.

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Re: Newb looking for 'Patching for dummies' kind of thing

Post by listentoaheartbeat » Sat Jul 11, 2020 11:35 am

I think learning experiences are highly personal. I always relate my practice to the conceptual level, it’s how I structure and remember things. So reading and writing about what I do is key to my process. But I have met many people who work more intuitively and don’t really need a framework like this to develop their practice.

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Re: Newb looking for 'Patching for dummies' kind of thing

Post by mixxalot » Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:56 pm

It just came out but I highly recommend the new Patch & Tweak book. It is not cheap but the coolest modular book with so much eye candy and clear explanations. One of the authors, Chris Meyer runs the website Learning Modular. I am using that with VCV Rack before buying gear. Chris also has some good explanations and tips as well:

https://learningmodular.com/category/articles/

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Post by ATW » Sun Aug 09, 2020 2:12 am

mixxalot wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:56 pm
It just came out but I highly recommend the new Patch & Tweak book. It is not cheap but the coolest modular book with so much eye candy and clear explanations. One of the authors, Chris Meyer runs the website Learning Modular. I am using that with VCV Rack before buying gear. Chris also has some good explanations and tips as well:

https://learningmodular.com/category/articles/
Great book. And also worth checking out Omri Cohen’s 50 vcv rack patches as a related reference point, includes some fundamental patches like ‘east coast’ and ‘west coast’ style patches:
http://patchandtweak.com/patches/

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Post by mixxalot » Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:22 am

Thanks for the link to the sample patches and tips with VCV Rack! I love that tool. Helps me learn for FREE. Nothing better than that. From the Patch & Tweak book and using VCVRack, I am falling in love with crazy LFOs, sequencers and wave shaper wave folder oscillators. I don't have those with my Elektrons, Moog and other synths so probably will go that route to add flavor to my setup in the future. More west coast fun approach. Buchla and Serge are cool but way way too expensive.

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Post by MuadMusic » Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:53 am

Can't wait to dive into this book. Just ordered it!

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