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Modular Basics and Newbie How-To
Old 12th April 2019
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Modular Basics and Newbie How-To

Per suggestion by @ mutilatedlip If you cool cats can think of anything else that needs to be added to this post, please let me know and I'll get it up here.

Modular system planner: Modular Grid - Plan your modular synthesizer rack on ModularGrid
Forum dedicated to modular: Muff Wiggler - MUFFWIGGLER
Doepfer's website (has a lot of example patches): detour to www.doepfer.de
Synthesizers.com's Site (dealer for Dot Com modules and has a lot of example patches: Synthesizers.com - Analog Modular Synthesizers for Electronic Music by Synthesizers.com
Guide to choosing a system: SOS Guide to Choosing a Modular Synth (This page is nine years old, but mostly still relevant for deciding which format to start with.) - The SOS Guide To Choosing A Modular Synth |

Reputable Dealers:
Perfect Circuit Audio
Detroit Modular
CONTROL Modular
Analogue Haven
Noisebug
Control Voltage
Switched On Austin
Meme Antenna
Juno records

And for DIY...
Thonk - based in UK
Modular Addict
Synth Cube

And my favorite warning:

RED STRIPE DOES NOT ALWAYS GO DOWN. Even if your modules and buses are keyed, pay attention to the markings on the module. Also, sometimes the power cables that you are given are assembled backward.

And remember, you can never have too many VCA's!
Old 12th April 2019
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@ Reptil can we has a sticky?

Old 17th April 2019
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Sure :-)
It's not complete (retailers outside N-America, DIY) but I'll try add some things in the next few days in this post, so you can add it.
New users also please also see here: Mod Picks
Old 19th April 2019
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I'm repeating myself but just for newbies:

When planning on Modular Grid, keep your eye open to make sure there isn't an odd HP somewhere. It can translate to major headache when finishing your case.

So my friend says...
Old 19th April 2019
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...oh and keep clear of the Electronic Music Forum. It is anger-inducing.

This is a place of healthy positive debate and some of the guys round these parts have been so incredibly helpful at times I'd have probably given up on modular.
Old 22nd April 2019
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This guy Tuesday Night Machines made a great set of tutorial videos:



Full playlist here: YouTube
Old 27th April 2019
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Reputable Dealers...
One to add in Europe:

ScheidersLaden

https://www.schneidersladen.de/en/
Old 29th April 2019
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Lesser-expensive Power Supply option for your case (thanks to @ Derp and others for the tips):

* $85 -- uZeus without WallWart
* $20 -- universal Power Supply from Amazon
* $36 -- two "Silta" Flying-Bus Cables from Frap Tools
Old 29th April 2019
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Cheapest, decent cases I've found for Tip Top kits ... even with shipping to the states.

https://www.thomann.de/gb/thon_19_koffer_6_he.htm (I have this one)
https://www.thomann.de/gb/thon_19_koffer_12he.htm
https://www.thomann.de/gb/thon_19_koffer_12_he_live.htm

For a US distributor with something similar (I have this one).

https://www.audiopile.net/MXC-008

And for a nice stand for those cases ...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Old 15th May 2019
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Some beginning advice in this video for people interested in starting up a 5U modular Also content on the new Noise Engineering 5U modules.

Old 6th June 2019
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Quote:
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...oh and keep clear of the Electronic Music Forum. It is anger-inducing.

This is a place of healthy positive debate and some of the guys round these parts have been so incredibly helpful at times I'd have probably given up on modular.
It seems much calmer in this section.
Old 4 weeks ago
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one more to add in Asia and US Dealers:

Modularfreq
https://www.modularfreq.com
I would appreaciate hearing your thoughts. It would be a pleasure and honor if we be able to serve you in the future .


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Old 2 weeks ago
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RED STRIPE DOES NOT ALWAYS GO DOWN. Even if your modules and buses are keyed, pay attention to the markings on the module. Also, sometimes the power cables that you are given are assembled backward.

And remember, you can never have too many VCA's!
don't tell me it depends on the purity of Saw waveform of said oscillator.

As I said a crank up the resonance than Release to halfway and Attack on max then I adjust the Decay....or was that before the Attack came down?

Old 2 weeks ago
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Don't forget Vintage King!

https://vintageking.com/instruments/...modular-synths
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