4 days ago
Recently I've been interested in modular synthesizers so I made a little research on what they are and how they work, so I leave what I found below, and also this beautiful video by annnannie of the Clair de lune by Debussy in one of this modular synths.
The structure of the modular synthesizer is different to the now traditional keyboard synthesizer. A keyboard synthesizer comprises of oscillators, filters, envelopes and an amplifier that are all hard-wired together in a signal chain. When playing the keyboard synth, you shape the sound by altering the knobs and switches but the signal chain always remains fixed in the one path.
A modular synthesizer does not require a keyboard to be played. The basic modular synthesizer is comprised of the same blocks as a traditional keyboard synthesizer but each function is self-contained in its own “module” (hence, modular synthesizer). No module is hard-wired – each one has an input and output and the signal chain can take an infinite amount of paths. The connection of module-to-module via cables is referred to as a "patch" and the bigger the modular system, the more combinations of sounds are available to you.
Video by annnannie