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Modular synthesis intro, part 14: Multiples
2018 May 30th

Modular synthesis intro, part 14: Multiples

This is Part 14 of a series that started with Part 1. The basic operation of patching a modular synthesizer consists of connecting an output to an input.  Perhaps you have a MIDI interface with a V/oct pitch control voltage output, and you…

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Continue With The Operation, II
2018 May 24th

Continue With The Operation, II

So, here we are. As you've probably noticed, this storefront has changed significantly. The thing is that Shopify, which I used to run my corporate Web presence since starting the business, changed its admin interface in such a way that it would…

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

Modular synthesis intro, part 13: Envelope generators

This is Part 13 of a series that started with Part 1. 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 har…

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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…

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

Modular Synthesis Intro, part 12: Sequencing

This is Part 12 of a series that started with Part 1. 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 appea…

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Alternate harmony with additive synthesis
2018 Apr 22nd

Alternate harmony with additive synthesis

Much of musical harmony comes down to combining notes that share harmonics. Sounds produced by (some...) physical objects typically have consistent waveforms, where each wave is the same shape as the last. That is also typical of modular-synth osci…

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Modular synthesis intro, part 11:  Digital oscillators
2018 Apr 17th

Modular synthesis intro, part 11: Digital oscillators

This is Part 11 of a series that started with Part 1. Trying to divide modules into "analog" and "digital" may be a losing game, and it's certainly a recipe for flame wars on Web forums, because strictly speaking, "analog" and "digital" are proper…

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Frequency, latency, and uncertainty
2018 Apr 8th

Frequency, latency, and uncertainty

Some wigglers want "fast" envelopes that will turn a signal on and off without any delay and without any perceptible clicking sound. Some wigglers want spectral effects, like frequency shift or vocoding, without any latency between the input and out…

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Transistor Mixer press release
2018 Apr 3rd

Transistor Mixer press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New mixer from North Coast uses only six transistors TORONTO, Ontario - April 3, 2018 - North Coast Synthesis Ltd., Toronto-based manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, today released its Transistor Mixer, a f…

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Modular synthesis intro, part 10: Analog oscillators
2018 Apr 1st

Modular synthesis intro, part 10: Analog oscillators

This is Part 10 of a series that started with Part 1. Once you have an electrical signal that represents a sound, you can process it into music with such modules as filters and VCAs. But where does that sound come from in the first place? Quite…

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News, reviews, and demos
2018 Mar 26th

News, reviews, and demos

We're coming up to the end of the first quarter of 2018, and I'm happy to note that based on the current projection, it looks like the company will actually have a profit this quarter - probably about $10. (Edit: Well, not quite. The quarter ended…

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