November 5, 2012

You Can Never Have Too Much Modular Synthesizer

Analog synthesizer lovers and audiophiles alike share some of the same characteristics.  First, each of them somehow has a room dedicated to only their craft.  You walk in (or tiptoe) and discover yourself minimized by your surroundings; having to look up at seemingly outdated pieces of equipment that were probably around before you were even born.  If you’re in an audiophile’s room you’ll probably then be subjected to a soap-boxed speech about how to average person knows nothing about good sound, and how mp3’s have destroyed the way we listen to music.  If you’re in the analog synth-lover’s room you may be spared the speech, but that’s because you’re now trapped in a spider web of cables running from one modular synth to the next.

For many of us, the thought of patching cables from one instrument to the next is a pain in the side.  Having a software modular synthesizer like the Arturia Moog Modular V2.6 is a small blessing, because it allows you to play with a traditional modular setup, sans the wires.  For some, however, the cable madness is a must, and no respectable synthesizer cave is complete without the tangled mess and bewilderment is instills upon its visitors.