A collection of frequently asked questions about using modular synths. Update from time to time
I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions.
How do I send modular sound to a mixer or audio interface?
You can send the sound you want to send, such as VCA output, directly to the mixer or audio interface with a cable from the output jack. However, the modular sound is higher than the normal line level, so reduce the VCA sound with an attenuator, or lower the input gain of the mixer or audio interface to prevent distortion.
You can also use a dedicated output module to output with a balanced cable. The input / output moduleArticles
I want to process the sound of other equipment such as a sampler in a modular way. What should I do?
As mentioned above, the audio signal in the modular is higher than the normal line level, so it is usually better to boost the sound of the external equipment. If you do not boost it, it will be smaller than the proper expected input of the module and it will not work well, or the proportion of noise will increase. It is better to use an input module for signal boost. The input / output moduleArticles
I want to sync with my DAW or MIDI hardware
MIDI to CV / Gate converter moduleThere are many that convert MIDI clock to analog clock. Also, a standalone CV / Gate sequencer may have a MIDI clock conversion function, so you may want to consider that.
There is a completely different way to sync with your DAW. Expert SleepersSilent WayAnd AbletonCV ToolsIf you use such a plug-in, you can output the clock directly from the audio interface output (however, depending on the audio interface model, it can be output from the analog output). For digital output, you need a module to convert to the final analog clock (ES-3etc). This is more difficult than converting MIDI, but this method allows the audio interface's latency correction function to work, so the synchronization timing is very accurate, and you need to manually adjust the delay adjustment like MIDI. There is none.
Is there any patching you shouldn't do?
There is nothing in particular, but I don't recommend patching the inputs to each other or the outputs to each other (in most cases nothing happens).
Can I use Multiple or Stackable as a mixer?
can not use. It can mix luckily, but use the mixer module as it happens to happen.
Is it possible to send one 1V / Oct pitch CV to multiple oscillators by branching with Multiple?
Use Buffered type Multiple. When the voltage is branched by passive type Multiple or Stackable which is not supplied with power, the voltage drops slightly. The pitch CV changes by 1 octave if it changes by 1V, so even if the voltage drops a little, the pitch may drop and you may hear it. Use a powered Multiplexed Multiplexer, which can branch exactly the same voltage, so use that.
Sometimes the power shuts down
This may be because the module's working current is approaching the upper limit of the power supply's allowable current. Try removing some modules. Even if it is within the allowable amount according to the specifications, it may temporarily exceed it, so please use a power supply with ample current capacity.