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An Introduction to Modular Synthesis Using VCV Rack

by 12 November 2020

ACTIVITY

An Introduction to Modular Synthesis Using VCV Rack

DATE

12.12.2020

Partner

Lighthouse

Location

online via zoom

Artist(s)

K Man (The Phantom)

Links

Website

Lighthouse presents on December 12 from 10.30am – 1.30 pm an online workshop via Zoom for Black music producers that will introduce modular synthesis using free software VCV Rack. Lead by K Man (The Phantom).

In this online workshop, K Man will demonstrate the fundamental principles of modular using VCV Rack, with a focus on using the software to create new sounds and patterns that can then be sampled, or used as a starting point for tracks within a DAW.

The workshop will focus on practical exploration over discussion of theory and demonstrate how use of the software (and by extension, modular synthesiser hardware) can be incorporated into your existing musical practice.

Modular synthesisers are expensive, so there is a high barrier to entry. VCV Rack is a free modular synthesiser emulator, with which users can experiment with modular synthesis without the cost associated with hardware. Modular synthesis can throw up unexpected and exciting results, and the workflow is radically different to that in a DAW such as Ableton.

You will get the most out of this workshop if you are familiar and comfortable with how music software works (whether that’s Ableton, Logic, Cubase etc), but do not need prior experience with modular synths.

All participants must download VCV Rack and create an account before the workshop: https://vcvrack.com/. When you book your ticket, you’ll be provided with some reading materials to look over in advance of the session.

*Note: This is an opportunity for Black artists and musicians. Following discussions with our Black peers and collaborators together with our reading and research, we define ‘Black’ as being of African or Caribbean descent in this instance.

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