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Modular synthesis intro, part 13: Envelope generators
2018 May 15th

Modular synthesis intro, part 13: Envelope generators

When we think about what makes one instrument sound different from another, we often think about the spectrum of the sound - harmonic like a violin, inharmonic like a bell, bright with many harmonics like a tack piano, smooth with few harmonics like a rock organ, and so on. But there's another important factor involved in how instruments sound, and it's a deceptively simple one: the amplitude… [Read more]

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Behind the scenes
2018 May 6th

Behind the scenes

A few days ago I suddenly found myself unable to log in to the admin section of this Web site. That's understandably a problem when I'm running a business through the site. Upon investigation, it turns out that my e-commerce provider had made some kind of internal change which rendered the site no longer compatible with my preferred browser, and the best they could offer me was to say I should s… [Read more]

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Modular Synthesis Intro, part 12: Sequencing
2018 Apr 30th

Modular Synthesis Intro, part 12: Sequencing

Many beginners say they're interested in making "drones" with their modular synths - musical textures that eschew conventional musical notions like rhythm and melody. I think part of the appeal is the (not entirely correct) perception that drones are easy and don't require musical ability. It's also a fact of life that if you have very few modules it's a lot easier to make drones than anything e… [Read more]