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Making Modular Music – Basics of Patching and Sound Design

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This course outlines everything you need to know about modular synthesis and its terminologies. Split across 2 sessions, the topics cover a wealth of expert knowledge on control voltages and signal routing with real-world patch examples throughout.

Modular synthesisers can appear daunting (and sometimes perplexing) to the uninitiated, but they are the essential building blocks for any form of music synthesis. This course unravels these many mysteries into relevant and easy to understand parts.

Learning these synthesis tools can help unlock your own creative music-making potential.

Part one

Part one discusses what modular synthesisers are, Eurorack’s background and the standards it has set. Following a review of typical modules, these are then examined in detail and shown how they could be used within a variety of different patch examples.

Part two

Part two develops the key concepts and ideas from part one, introduces additional modules and shows how to create more complex patches which cover full sound design possibilities.

Course duration: 10 hours over 4 evenings

Dates: 5, 12, 19, 26 March (6pm-8:30pm)


The course will cover the basics of Modular Synthesis and more towards progressively more complex techniques. Areas covered include:

  • What a modular synthesis actually is
  • Examining the core terminologies and standards with Eurorack Modular
  • Popular modules within the industry and how they can be used
  • Real-world patch examples and demonstrations
  • Sound Design possibilities
  • Integration with computers (DAWS) for recording and live performance


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London Modular have been at the forefront of the modular world for 6 years and operate from their physical store in Hackney Wick, London. Their space there is the focal point for professional musicians and hobbyists to socialise and interact on modular (and non-modular) musical equipment. They continue to advise and sell to major artists within the music industry. Regular clients include Thom Yorke, Aphex Twin, Martin Gore (Depeche Mode), Maroon 5, Underworld, James Blake and Surgeon to name just a few.

Teaching and learning

The course is taught by Simon Lynch for ten hours over four evenings.

Entry requirements

No experience or background research needed.

How to apply

Please get in touch with our team member, Dan Janowski, who will direct you to our payment link. The course will cost £240 per person.

How to apply

Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.

Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

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