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Modular Synthesis Basics

Learn about modular synthesizers with these short videos. We simplify fancy jargon.

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Introduction to Modular Synthesizers Video Tutorial

Introduction to Modular Synthesizers

Five minutes gets you an overview of what a modular synthesizer is and a basic patch example.

Voltage Control Video Tutorial

Voltage Control

Voltage control is the most important concept to understand about modular patchable synthesizers. It's simple and powerful.

Pitch and Gate Video Tutorial

Pitch and Gate

Pitch signals control the pitch of oscillators using the 1-volt-per-octave standard. Gate signals indicate an ON/OFF condition like pressing a key or triggering an envelope.

Envelopes Video Tutorial


Envelopes are signals that make sound change over time. Envelopes control filters (VCF) and amplifiers (VCA) and more.

Modulation Video Tutorial


Modulation just means an aspect of the sound is being changed.

Waveforms and Harmonics Video Tutorial

Waveforms and Harmonics

Sine waves are smooth like flutes and sawtooth waves are brassy. Harmonics are the key.

Amplitude and Polarity Video Tutorial

Amplitude and Polarity

Amplitude of a signal is its volume. Polarity of a signal can be normal or inverted. Reversible attenuators explained too.

Basic Synth Patch Video Tutorial

Basic Synth Patch

A simple patch to get you started. Step by step. One oscillator, a filter and other goodies to make it all work.

Where does the sound come out? Video Tutorial

Where does the sound come out?

Everybody has this question but won't admit it :)

7 Patching Mistakes Video Tutorial

7 Common Patching Mistakes

Everyone learns these one way or another.

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Tutorial Web Pages

Beginner's Tutorial
All about Gates
Form Factors of Modular Synthesizers

  • DK Wrote: This is some good stuff! I have been through most of the tutorials and they are very informative!

Tutorial Videos by Module

Q182-RP20 Ribbon Controller Link

Q182-RP20 Ribbon Controller Overview

Q106 Oscillator Link

Q106 Oscillator Daisy-Chain Jumper

Q107 Filter Link

Q107 Filter and Q107A Filter

Q108 Amplifier Link

Q108 Amplifier Patch Tips

Q117 Sample & Hold Link

Q117 Sample & Hold Tour

Q119 Sequencer Link

Q119 Sequencer Basics Video
Q119 Ratcheting Video
Q119 Stage Timing Video

Q124 Multiple Link

Q124 Multiple Basics Video
Q124 Multiple Connecting Outputs Video

Q128 Switch Link

Q960 Separating Gates from the Q963
Q960 Ratcheting

Q171 Quantizer Link

Q171/Q172 Quantizer Basics Video

Q172 Quantizer Aid Link

Q171/Q172 Quantizer Basics Video

Q173 Gate Math Link

Q173 Gate Math in Action
See the Q173 page for more videos...

Q174 MIDI Interface Link

Q174/Q175 MIDI Interface Basics Video
Q174 Add Input Transposing Video
Q174 Pressure Video

Q175 MIDI Interface Aid Link

Q174/Q175 MIDI Interface Basics Video

Q179 Envelope++ Link

Q179 Envelope++ Tour
Q179 Envelope++ Envelope Curves
Q179 Envelope++ Arpeggiator
Q179 Envelope++ Quantizer
Q179 Envelope++ LFO
Q179 Envelope++ Daisy Chaining
Q179 Envelope++ Bar Counting
Q179 Envelope++ Gate Dividing
Q179 Envelope++ Random Voltages
Q179 Envelope++ Done Output
Q179 Envelope++ Velocity
Q179 Envelope++ Patch Tip

Q960 Sequencer Link

Syncing Sequencers to other gear
Q960 Overview
Q960 24-Steps
Q960 3rd Row Timing
Q960 Audio Oscillator
Q960 Gate Merging
Q960 Arpeggiator
Q960 Gate Length Control
Q960 Gate Cross-Patching
Q960 Dual Sequencers for 48 Steps
Q960 Gates from Row Knobs
Q960 vs Moog 960
Q960 Random Patterns
Q960 Ratcheting
Q960 Ratcheting with one oscillator
Q960 Separating Gates from the Q963

Q961 Interface Link

Q960 Gate Length Control
Q960 Gate Merging

Q962 Switch Link

Q960 24-Steps
Q960 Dual Sequencers for 48 Steps
Q960 Gate Cross-Patching

Q963 Trigger Bus Link

Q960 Separating Gates from the Q963
Q960 Gate Merging

VPlug Link

VPlug Tour

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Technical Tutorials

Aid Modules Explained
Jumpers Explained
The Bat Meter
Installing a Module

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