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Post by iC » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:17 am

Anybody got any resources for this? Basics of the circuit theories and such? I messed around with an Octave Cat and buchla's back in my college days, looking to walk in again with an educated mind...
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Post by kslight » Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:27 am

The manual for the Nord Modular G2 is pretty in depth, and even if you don't have one you can download a software version of the editor that works without the hardware, albeit limited in capabilities. That's as far as I've taken my modular knowledge...though I actually own a Nord Modular G2 (no money for a real modular setup!). Forums like Electro Music might be a bit more helpful if you need more details, but that's certainly enough to get your head spinning.

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Post by boid » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:43 am

lots of different designs for diy purposes
i believe he had extensive sections with theory (not sure though, haven't been there in 5 years) even explained most of the circuit designs...so if you want to go into the electronics of it...

http://www.musicfromouterspace.com/

btw imo reading and understanding theory is a good move, but don't loose the "what happens if i plug this in here and that on the other side of the other thing" attitude
lot's of unexpected things can happen, that don't seem to make sense and you can't explain by theory (unless you go deep into circuit design)

which is a fun part of modulars!

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Post by Gregg Juke » Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:44 pm

This looks pretty cool, and I downloaded a couple of pdf samples and it seems pretty indepth. I will definitely eventually get around to getting the complete package at some point:

www.synthesizer-cookbook.com

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Post by The Scum » Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:52 pm

Back in the day, Allen Strange's Electronic Music: Systems, Techniques, and Controls was THE book. Good luck finding an affordable copy.

There was also a 3-volume set published by Roland in the 100/700 modular days.

When I bought a Nord micro modular, it came with a 3rd party book in the box, that covered a lot of the fundamentals. Intro to synthesis, in addition to a supplemted users manual.
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Post by Scodiddly » Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:58 pm

Chris Randall scanned in some old Roland books that are *very* educational.

http://www.analogindustries.com/blog/en ... 0231316390

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Post by Gregg Juke » Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:52 pm

That is awesome. He is excellent. You are exellent. Thanks!

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Post by Gregg Juke » Mon Jan 14, 2013 6:12 am

Also very cool. Don't know how I missed that; thanks.

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Post by iC » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:56 am

Wow! Thank you everybody. I've got a full day of flying on Saturday and I no longer have to choose reading material.... Gonna be the most educational commute I've ever had!
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Post by irie-bill » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:15 pm

The Sound-on-Sound web site has a wonderful multi-part synthesis primer - recommeded.
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Post by Jarvis » Tue Jan 15, 2013 6:29 am

Gordon Reid's excellent series:
http://www.teaser.fr/~amajorel/synsec/
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Post by bleen » Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:48 am

The Muffwiggler forum is one of the most comprehensive modular places on the net:

http://www.muffwiggler.com/forum

It's not really a place for beginners, but they are really kind and helpful to newbs, so don't be put off. Just be courteous (duh!) and don't be afraid to ask questions.

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Post by David of New Brighton » Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:29 pm

I'm a member of muffwiggler. It's a pretty extensive site and gets pretty advance, don't let that deter you! I think Doepfer's site is also a good staring point. They're the biggest module maker and they have extensive instructions on all of their modules. Pretty much learning the info on that site, in conjunction with YouTube & maybe a little reading in muffwiggler is good. I learned how to use modulars from owning a Nord G1. They're a good starting point from my experience too.

Also, we can keep this topic alive for myself & any other modular geeks to answer questions & what not.

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Post by L?Andratt » Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:26 am

Hello everybody! Nice to be here...

For in-depth description of m.s. also check out this site by Rob Hordijk
http://rhordijk.home.xs4all.nl/G2Pages/
Although it focuses on the G2, it is also valuable for analog synthesis and even
for new circuit design ideas (at least for me personally).

Cheers!

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