Introduction To Modular Synthesis using VCV Rack, A Free Modular Synthesizer

In this video video, Jimmy Cuadra (Perceptes) offers an introduction to modular synthesis, using the free software modular synthesizer VCV Rack.

The video covers the basics of synthesis, modular synthesis, and a software program, VCV Rack, that lets you explore modular synthesis for free on your computer.

Topics covered:

00:00 Introduction

00:54 What is synthesis?

03:46 What is modular synthesis?

05:54 What is Eurorack?

06:26 What is VCV Rack?

09:08 VCV Rack’s interface

11:12 Types of modules

14:07 Subtractive synthesis

15:37 Harmonics and timbre

16:54 Oscillators (VCOs)

27:27 Amplifiers (VCAs)

29:40 Envelopes

31:43 Gates, triggers, and CV

37:36 Clocks

39:28 Amplifier envelopes

44:59 Filters (VCFs)

50:39 Filter envelopes

54:47 Low frequency oscillators (LFOs)

01:02:21 Sample & hold

01:07:57 Volt per octave

01:10:13 Clock multiplication and division

01:13:07 Quantization

01:17:45 Attenuation

01:21:53 Sequencers

01:27:23 Mixing

01:29:00 Probability

01:31:47 Effects

01:38:33 Conclusion



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