With the introduction of fixed-architecture synths, modular synthesis experienced a decline in the 1980s. Modular synthesisers had been commercially manufactured over ten years before by the legendary Bob Moog and Don Bulcha, who ceased production in 1981 & 1984. However, this made them much more sought after, so eventually, companies like Modcan and Doepfer introduced new modular systems in the 90s, beginning a massive resurgence in modular synthesis. The advent of the internet, plugins and modern DAWs only hastened this resurgence, with modular synthesis becoming much more affordable in the shape of virtual systems – one of which we will be discussing today.
In modular synthesisers, blocks controlling different parameters can be moved around and mounted in endless combinations, depending on how the user wants to patch them. You can arrange Amps & Envelopes, LFOs, Filters, Effects and more to your liking, experimenting with different combinations giving you a truly unique sound. This is a phenomenally powerful method of synthesis and can supply true originality.
In this FFL we look at the Arturia Modular V, an emulation of the Moog Modular – the synth that started it all.
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