Review: Pittsburgh Modular Microvolt 3900

June 2018 was special because I got to review an entire synth instead of just a module. The Pittsburgh Modular Microvolt 3900 provides a fun bridge between east coast and west coast approaches. Domo kun approves.

My full review can be found here: https://ask.audio/articles/review-pittsburgh-modular-microvolt-3900

Review: Erica Synths Graphic VCO

In May 2018, I delved into the Graphic VCO from Erica Synths. This fun and handsome little guy offers a variety of tweakable timbres.

You can read my full review here:  https://ask.audio/articles/review-erica-synths-graphic-vco

Review: Intellijel Morgasmatron

My March 2018 review for Ask.Audio featured the Intellijel Morgasmatron filter. This module has become an important part of my system, and you can find out why in my article here: https://ask.audio/articles/review-intellijel-morgasmatron

Best of 2017: Eurorack Synth Modules

The eurorack world continued to expand in 2017 with a large number of new modules, as well as improvements on old modules unleashed into awaiting racks and eager hands. Distilling these new additions to the landscape into a top ten list seemed like an exercise that was doomed to fail. Instead I decided to list a few module highlights in a few categories. So here are some of the modules that caught my eye, or created enough buzz for me to take notice.

Check out my list here.

Making Generative Music With Eurorack Synths

Eurorack users often find that their patches can take on a life of their own, and this is actually one of the goals in the creation of generative patches. Generative patches, or generative music, is the concept of connecting your modules in such a way that they basically play themselves with little or no interaction from the user, yet the music evolves and changes without repeating itself. This is sometimes also referred to as Procedurally Generated Music, and it is something that modular synthesizers and computer programs are uniquely qualified to do. In fact, the term was originally coined (not surprisingly) by Brian Eno while working with software. He used this term to describe “any music that is ever-different and changing, created by a system”. The approaches to generative music can be almost as varied as the results, but there are a few ingredients and techniques that are essential. Continue reading “Making Generative Music With Eurorack Synths”