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  • How to start making ambient
    VCV Rack Software: https://vcvrack.com/
  • Where do I start as a 100% total beginner? (i.e. no knowledge/experience whatsoever)
    reddit.com/r/synthdiy | 2021-09-15
    For the synth part, you should definitely check vcv rack (https://vcvrack.com/).
  • Bespoke Synth 1.0 – open-source software modular synthesizer
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-09-14
    While I have used modern DAWs in recent years, the music making tool I've used the most was Jeskola Buzz[1], it's a weird mix of music tracker[1] and modular setup[2] (but not modular in the same way a modular synth works, you connect "machines" such as sequencer->generator->effect->[more effects]->mixer).

    This was when I was a "poor" student and I couldn't spend money on music.

    Later I could afford real modular/semi-modular synths and I enjoy them a lot but I still appreciate being able to connect cables on a screen where you can save the state and rapidly recall it, rather than having to free up a table, setup all the modular synths, connect them together etc. - So I think I'm going to enjoy Bespoke Synth a lot.

    Another alternative that I have enjoyed is VCV Rack[3] and its little brother for iPad/iPhone miRack[4].

    PS I loved the "Feature Matrix" on the Bespoke home page ahah :-D

    [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeskola_Buzz

    [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_tracker

    [3] https://vcvrack.com/

    [4] https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mirack/id1468259834

  • I want to make a digital synthesizer in software. What are my options? Where do I start, knowing nothing?
    vcvrack.com - become a developer
  • DigiScape - Forest: An interactive installation made with Unity3D <3
    reddit.com/r/Unity3D | 2021-09-11
  • Having a really hard time deciding where to start...
    For synthesis see vcvrack.com. Consider a controller keyboard maybe that is weighted. You can get a MS20 VST that is polyphonic.
  • What‘s your take on modular music?
    If you really want to try modular, but don't want to spend the money: https://vcvrack.com/.
  • Forest psytrance current favorite patch
    reddit.com/r/psytrance | 2021-08-15
    You could start with VCV Rack and these tutorials or these (those are more about eurorack basics, and not about how to make forest, though).
  • How to make beats like idioteque
    reddit.com/r/Music | 2021-08-11
    Also if you want a taste of modular without buying the hardware then use this - https://vcvrack.com/ , it's a free emulation of the various euroracks. Or there is https://www.softube.com/modular but is something you pay for.
  • My first complete track on circuit tracks as a total beginner
    Wow ok so modular is super expensive but yeah a neutron would help you to learn synthesis and patching but it only has one voice I believe. The freak does not have a sequencer exactly it has sequence mode I believe but I think it’s more arp related. W the freak u learn some synthesis and wave table synthesis. The typhon does have a sequencer tho! I got the desktop asm hydrasynth because it is awesome sounds great and it is very complex but straightforward synthesis. I got it to save money down the road because it can do anything and it has 6 voices! For the price the freak is great but go see if you like the presets. Listen to no talking demos on YouTube. Check out this video NTO uses a freak in it. https://youtu.be/SvV_YvC4iEw Oh if you want to get into the money pit that is modular I suggest you try VCV rack. It’s free and it’s virtual modular! https://vcvrack.com/
  • True modular or single-board for beginner?
    reddit.com/r/synthdiy | 2021-08-09
    I also saw the advice on starting with VCV rack and that's great. But it seems most people agree on what modules are nice in a starter pack so I don't think VCV Rack will help me understand the experience of building, troubleshooting and final looks.
  • Nina Simone - I Put A Spell On you [finger drumming flip]
    reddit.com/r/maschine | 2021-08-04
  • This is a really dumb question. How do you get the synth to play itself?
    If you’re a hands on learner maybe try https://vcvrack.com to work with the modules of a synth and how they link together
  • VCV UI background texture?
    reddit.com/r/vcvrack | 2021-07-17


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