Modular
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Buchla and Moog started it all with their modular synthesizers in the 1960s. Doepfer made it affordable in the 1990s by introducing the Eurorack standard. Today, the Modular plug-in from Softube makes the modular synthesizer truly accessible to everyone.

Created in close collaboration with Doepfer, Softube Modular gives you both the sound, flexibility and expandability of a true analog modular synthesizer. But Softube Modular is more than just another virtual synthesizer plug-in—it's an entirely new modular synth standard.

Softube Modular is a revolutionary virtual modular synthesizer. I finally have a way to patch and experiment on the go with my laptop. So far its been incredibly fun, and I am looking forward to all the new modules they will add!

Richard Devine, Electronic artist and music producer (Warp, Schematic)

Infinitely Expandable
As a Modular owner, the basic system gives you a great toolkit to start out with. It includes six modeled Doepfer modules and over 20 utility modules. But there is much more to discover. Additional modules from quality Eurorack vendors—starting with a range of units from cutting-edge manufacturer Intellijel—are available for separate purchase. More modules will continuously be made available. Owners of Softube's drum synth Heartbeat can add its instrument and EQ modules to Modular and combine them with any other modules. Softube's award-winning engineering team have modeled each analog module, component by component, and the resulting plug-ins are sonically indistinguishable from their hardware counterparts.

The new 4ms Spectral Multiband Resonator has a beautiful, versatile, sometimes additive sound. Love it most when its six bands self resonate and the frequencies travel around circular scale settings. Truly original and wonderful, with so much left to explore.

Ed Handley and Andy Turner (Plaid), Electronic artists

Welcome Experts—And Beginners
Experienced Eurorack synth users will be right at home from the start. Modular's workflow is very close to the use of physical Eurorack modular synths. Add modules, connect them using virtual patch cords, adjust their knobs and switches to your heart's desire. Get MIDI connectivity with the MIDI To CV/Gate Converter and add any of the included step sequencers—unless you prefer using your DAW's built-in sequencer, of course.

To beginners, a modular synthesizer can be daunting at first. But Modular offers a wide range of expertly designed presets, immediately available to be put to use in your music. When you are ready to learn more about patching a Eurorack synth, the manual offers step by step patching tutorials that go hand in hand with the included tutorial presets.

A synthesists dream come true, a high quality virtual Eurorack experience!

Christoffer Berg, Programmer, mixer and producer for Depeche Mode, The Knife and Fever Ray.

Both experts and beginners will enjoy the included Performance modules. These give the user a limited set of knobs and buttons that can be freely assigned to control any parameter on any module in the current patch—making creative tweaking on the fly super easy and accessible for inspired studio production and live performances.

In Short

  • Modular is a cross-platform modular synthesizer plug-in standard, which features authorized emulations of modules from well known hardware Eurorack brands
  • True dynamic circuit-emulation—looks, functions and sounds like its hardware counterparts
  • Basic system contains six Doepfer modules (A-110-1 VCO, A-108 VCF, A-132-3 Dual VCA, A-140 ADSR, A-118 Noise/Random, A-147 VCLFO)
  • Basic system contains the unique ROLI Seaboard RISE module which interface Modular with the ROLI Seaboard RISE keyboard controller
  • Modular also contains over 20 Utility modules (such as MIDI to CV/gate, mixers, slew, sample & hold, switches, multiples, delay, offset, sequencers, clock dividers, logic and signal tools, as well as a Polyphonic MIDI to CV/gate module).
  • Additional authorized emulations from Intellijel is available as add-ons (uFold II, Korgasmatron II, Rubicon). Many more modules from other quality hardware Eurorack vendors to be released
  • Simple design of your own interaction layout with the Performance modules in classic synthesizer style
  • Softube Heartbeat drum channels and EQ can be used as separate modules for owners of Heartbeat
  • More than 200 quality presets included covering a huge range of styles and sounds
  • Can be used both as effect and instrument for your DAW and integrates beautifully with your hardware Eurorack modular
  • High internal sample rate within system enables true feedback

Softube Modular sound examples

An assortment of sounds available from the Softube Modular

Softube Modular sound examplesAn assortment of sounds available from the Softube Modular
Softube Modular product video
Get Started With Softube Modular
Softube Modular session with Andreas Tilliander
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Click to show Richard Devine

Softube Modular is a revolutionary virtual modular synthesizer. I finally have a way to patch and experiment on the go with my laptop. So far its been incredibly fun, and I am looking forward to all the new modules they will add!

Richard Devine, Electronic artist and music producer (Warp, Schematic)

Click to show Ed Handley and Andy Turner (Plaid)

The new 4ms Spectral Multiband Resonator has a beautiful, versatile, sometimes additive sound. Love it most when its six bands self resonate and the frequencies travel around circular scale settings. Truly original and wonderful, with so much left to explore.

Ed Handley and Andy Turner (Plaid), Electronic artists

Click to show Christoffer Berg (photo: Fredrik Wik)

A synthesists dream come true, a high quality virtual Eurorack experience!

Christoffer Berg, Programmer, mixer and producer for Depeche Mode, The Knife and Fever Ray.

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Excellent value, lots of fun, and sonically powerful—a must-buy.

Bruce Aisher, Writer for Future Music

Click to show Ed Handley and Andy Turner (Plaid)

We have been getting to know Softube Modular for nearly a year now, we’re really impressed by its functionality but most of all by its sound. Its ‘analogueness’ became irrelevant when we started playing, the oscillators and filter modules have deep and detailed sound, reassuring foundations for modular building.

Ed Handley and Andy Turner (Plaid), Electronic artists

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If you have used a Eurorack system, specifically one that has these Doepfer or Intellijel modules, you will instantly recognize the sound.

Rishabh Rajan, Writer for Ask.Audio

Click to show Pontus Hagberg a k a Firechild

The Doepfer A-110 VCO emulation for Modular is the most authentic sounding virtual analog oscillator I have heard. And the internal overdrive of the Doepfer A-108 VCF8 filter is amazingly emulated.

Pontus Hagberg a k a Firechild, Producer and songwriter.

Click to show Ed Handley and Andy Turner (Plaid)

The lovely FM possibilities of Intellijel Rubicon are right up our street and its more pleasure than a DX100 to program.

Ed Handley and Andy Turner (Plaid), Electronic artists

Click to show Kabuki

When I first heard about Modular, my initial thought was: What is the difference compared to other virtual modular synth platforms? After creating a few patches the discerning factor was clear to me: Modular sounds amazingly raw and full. You can almost hear the current flow!

Jan Hennig a k a Kabuki, music producer and sound designer (New Forms, V Recordings)

Click to show John Tejada

Over the years many have tried this concept, but this is finally the game changer I've been waiting for. With real world models familiar to me and patching that works the same way I'm used to, I feel I can have fun and be creative on the go without sacrificing any sound quality.

John Tejada, Electronic music artist, music producer, DJ and record label owner

Click to show Rik Simpson

Modular is an incredibly exciting concept, it sounds wonderful, and will continue to grow and become more evolved as time passes.

Rik Simpson, Record producer, sound engineer and musician known for his work with Coldplay

Click to show Steve Parker

The sound is immense and the sonic possibilities are endless. And at that price it's even more desirable.

Steve Parker, DJ and music producer (Cocoon, Ovum, Planet Rythm)

Click to show John D Norten doing his thing.

The Softube Modular Synthesizer offers a great introduction to modular synthesis for any synth fan. If you've been intrigued by the concept of hardware modular but turned off by the price, time, and dedication, then this is the perfect bridge. The presets sound great, are easily tweakable, expandable, and if you're interested in spending the time you can experiment with different modules and patches.

John Norten, Prince, Lady Gaga, Macy Gray.

Click to show Marco Passarani

I've always been one who love to seat in between analog and digital world, so is my studio. But lately softwares like Hearbeat and Modular literally unbalanced my production methods. While Heartbeat fills perfectly the texture of my beats with its rich sound, Modular is giving me the chance to produce organic synthetic electric crazyness which is something I always missed when I was operating away from my studio machines.

Marco Passarani, Artist, producer, label owner (Finalfrontier).

Click to show Fredrik Mjelle

Really neat to be able to use a modular in your DAW, both as an instrument and as an effect plugin—to run your audio through it. This thing sounds totally awesome and it has a very hands on feeling using it. You can also never ever run out of VCAs with this modular.

Fredrik Mjelle a k a Beem, Electronic artist and music producer

Click to show Blaise Ita a k a Synthmorph

Softube Modular is a different beast compared to the rest of software modulars. It focuses on precise modeling of existing physical modular synthesizer modules and they behave exactly the same as the real thing.

Blaise Ita a k a Synthmorph, Synthmorph Organic MIDI & Preset Design

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Softube has managed to get a truly analog sound—the sound of Modular's oscillators and filters is amazing. And beyond that you can do everything you can imagine in Eurorack with feedback loops, modulation and audio-rate modulation as well.

Mike, IDesignSound.com, Music technology online magazine.

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If you want to explore the world of analog modular patching synthesis, Softube Modular is definitely something you should consider.

Jon K. Carroll, Soundbytes Online Magazine.

Click to show Steve Levine

With the Modular you will find endless inspiration from both its simple on logical interface and its superb sonic quality.

Steve Levine, Producer/engineer for Culture Club, The Beach Boys, The Clash and Natalie McCool

Click to show James Wiltshire, F9 Audio and Freemasons

Most importantly, the sound! It sounds just like a modular synth and that must have been incredibly hard to do.

James Wiltshire, James is F9 Audio and half of the Grammy nominated duo Freemasons.

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I'm really, really impressed with Modular and cannot believe it—finally a modular plug-in that comes this close to reality.

Marco Klietz, A k a Marco Exarmee of END, German DJ and producer team.

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In direct one-to-one comparisons with my own Doepfer hardware modules I could practically find no real difference in the sound.

Daniel Janshoff, Amazona.de, German music tech magazine/communicty.

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One thing is certain: the Modular sounds alive!

Alexander Eberz, Writer for Bonedo.de

Click to show Audio Mixer
Audio Mixer

Mixer module with an exponential response, making it suitable for mixing audio-signals. This mixer uses a dB scale for its knobs, with a maximum gain of 12 dB.

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Beat Sequencer

Classic x0x style sequencer for programming percussive sounds (for example with the Heartbeat modules, purchased separately). The sequencer can be looped or not. The Link Out function can be used to link together several sequencers. Swing sets the delay time of every other pulse input.

Click to show CV Mixer
CV Mixer

A no-nonsense CV mixer with an linear response, making it suitable for mixing CV signals. This mixer scales the signal up to 4 times.

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DAW sync

This module is an efficient way of getting clock pulses in sync with your DAW. Connect the 16 notes output to click in on your sequencer module and the reset pulse out to reset in for the most common application of this module.

Click to show Delay
Delay

This module delays an incoming signal from 1ms up to 1000 ms (one second).

Click to show Divider
Divider

This module outputs a clock pulse for each X pulses it receive. Use for instance the /3 output to trigger an output pulse for each third incoming pulse.

Click to show Doepfer A-108
Doepfer A-108 VCF8

Voltage Controlled Filter based on the well known transistor-ladder filter (Moog ladder) but with a unique external feedback path.

Click to show Doepfer A-110.
Doepfer A-110 VCO

An voltage controlled oscillator is a tone generator, the most basic building block of a synthesizer. The Doepfer A-110 can generate four different waveforms, each with its distinctive own overtone spectrum.

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Doepfer A-118 Noise

Module A-118 is a noise and random voltage generator. It produces three types of signal: white noise, colored noise, and random voltage. White and colored noise can be used as audio sources, and the random voltage is a useful source of voltage control, especially for its low frequency content.

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Doepfer A-132-3 DVCA

The A-132-3 (Dual Linear/Exponential Voltage Controlled Amplifier)is composed of two identical Voltage Controlled Amplifiers where each has a manual gain control and a Control Voltage input with attenuator. The character of the Control Voltage response can be set to either linear or exponential.

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Doepfer A-140 ADSR

An ADSR (Attack Decay Sustain Release) envelope generator is a gate-triggered time-controlled series of events outputting timed changes in voltage output. The different phases represents that of an acoustic sound described in terms Attack and Decay time, Sustain level and Release time.

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Doepfer A-147 VCLFO

The Doepfer A-147 VCLFO ( (Voltage Controlled Low Frequency Oscillator) is a oscillator especially adapted to be used as a modulation source running at slow rate. It can be used to create trills, vibrato, tremolo or control of slowly evolving soundscapes.

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Dual Pan

Two channel, CV controllable panning module that can be used to place a mono signal in a stereo mix, or to use as an A/B switch. The panning curve uses a constant power pan law with a +3dB boost at the edges.

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Dual X-Fade

Two channel, CV controllable crossfade module that can be used to mix two mono signals with a CV controllable balance input. The crossfade curve response is linear with a -6 dB dip in the center.

Click to show Envelope Follower
Envelope Follower

This module can be used to generate control voltages from audio sources, but also as a simple ASR envelope.

Click to show Logic Tool
Logic Tool

This module is used to perform simple logic operations on signals on the two inputs, which also have separate inverters. Logic functions are AND, NAND, OR, XOR and NOR.

Click to show MIDI to CV
MIDI to CV

Your workhorse MIDI to CV converter! This module converts MIDI notes on the to mono-phonic CV and Gate outputs. There is also a trigger out for resetting oscillators with each keystroke if that's to your liking. Outputs for the most common performance MIDI controllers such as pitch-bend, mod wheel, volume and aftertouch are also provided.

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MIDI to Trigger

A four channel MIDI to trigger module, primarily made to trigger percussive sounds off specific MIDI notes. It emits short trigger pulses when a MIDI note is received on the set MIDI channel.

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Multiple

This module multiples incoming signal to four similar outputs.

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Offset

The offset module can be used both as a static CV source, but of course also to offset the input CV.

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Penta Sequenza

Classic step sequencer with 5 steps featuring CV Out and Gate Out. Multiple gates after each other extends the gate output over several steps. A separate trig channel is provided as well as chromatically quantized CV scaling. Sequences can be looped or not, and the Link Out function can be used to link together several sequencers.

Click to show CV Mixer
Polarizing Mixer

A mixer module with a gain -1 to +1.

Click to show Quad Offset
Quad Offset

More or less the same as offset, but with four channels contained within the same module to save space. Can be used both as a static CV source, but of course also to offset the input CV.

Click to show Quadraphonic MIDI to CV
Quadraphonic MIDI to CV

This is a four channel MIDI note to CV and Gate converter for creating four voice polyphonic patches in Modular.

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ROLI Seaboard RISE

Use the innovative ROLI Seaboard RISE keyboard controller to interface with Modular and get access to five dimensions of touch. The ROLI Seaboard RISE module is an interface module featuring no less than 38 CV outputs under control from your ROLI Seaboard RISE keyboard controller for use with Modular.

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Sample and Hold

The Sample and Hold module listens to an incoming signal and samples the control voltage at a time set by the incoming trig pulse at the trigger input.

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Sequencer 16 Step

Classic step sequencer with 16 steps featuring CV Out and Gate Out. Multiple gates after each other extends the gate output over several steps. A separate trig channel is provided as well as chromatically quantized CV scaling. Sequences can be looped or not, and the Link Out function can be used to link together several sequencers.

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Sequencer 8 Step

Classic step sequencer with 8 steps featuring CV Out and Gate Out. Multiple gates after each other extends the gate output over several steps. A separate trig channel is provided as well as chromatically quantized CV scaling. Sequences can be looped or not, and the Link Out function can be used to link together several sequencers.

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Signal Tool

This module acts as a toolbox for continuous CV signals and does not differentiate between logic high and low like the logic tool. Its functions includes negative value, absolute value, minimum and maximum value, A+B, A-B, A>B and clip.

Click to show Sine Oscillator
Sine Oscillator

This is a simple and mathematically correct sine oscillator with perfect tracking. It was originally created for testing purposes in the early stages of the development of Softube Modular.

Click to show Slew Limiter
Slew Limiter

A slew limiter is a device that smoothes an incoming signal, limiting the maximum rate of change of the output voltage per unit of time. Also often called lag generator. It creates a glide or portamento when applied to a note CV signal.

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Switch 1 to 4

This CV controllable switch can be used to direct a CV source or audio signal to any of four different destinations.

Click to show Switch 4 to 1
Switch 4 to 1

CV controllable switch that can be used to select a CV or audio source out of four different inputs and send it to a set destination.

Click to show Modular Tip of the Week 31
Tip #31: Click in the empty rack to add more modules

Modular Tip of the Week 31: Double click in the void of an empty Modular rack to open up the module selector.

Click to show Modular Tip of the Week 30
Tip #30: Ring-modulation effects

Modular Tip of the Week 30: Create cool ring-modulated voices by processing your voice against a since oscillator with signal tool in Modular FX.

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Tip #29: Pitch-bend ranges

Modular Tip of the Week 29: Match Pitchbend ranges by measuring and visually matching pitchbend against a known DC offset.

Click to show Modular Tip of the Week 28
Tip #28: Bouncing Ball effect

Modular Tip of the Week 28: Create a 'bouncing ball' effect by using two LFOs controlling each other.

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Tip #27: Ratcheting sequencers

Modular Tip of the Week 27: Create a 'ratcheting sequencer' patch by using the 4 to 1 switch to change clock to envelope trigs in the midst of your sequence.

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Tip #26: Create dub-echos

Modular Tip of the Week 26: Use the delay module in combination with a low pass filter feedback to create dub echo effects.

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Tip #25: Ping your filters into oscillation

Modular Tip of the Week 25: Using filters on the brink of self oscillation, you can 'ping' them into brief oscillation by exciting them with a brief pulse.

Click to show Modular Tip of the Week 22
Tip #22: Combine reset signals

Modular Tip of the Week 22: Use a logic module to combine different reset signals for one sequencer reset input.

Click to show Modular Tip of the Week 21
Tip #21: Add psuedo-stereo to your sound

Modular Tip of the Week 21: Add a delay module set to a very short delay time to your output, in order to create wider sounds.

Click to show Modular Tip of the Week 24
Tip #24: Simple wave-shaping

Modular Tip of the Week 24: Mixing waveforms and fading between them with the Dual X-Fade module is a simple way to create waveshaping.

Click to show Modular Tip of the Week 23
Tip #23: Create sub-oscillators

Modular Tip of the Week 23: Use divider modules to build phase accurate sub-oscillators.

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Tip #20: Interface with you hardware Modular

Modular Tip of the Week 20: Use the inputs and Aux outputs in Modular to interface with your hardware system through a DC-coupled audio interface.

Click to show Modular Tip of the Week 19
Tip #19: Create trigs from audio

Modular tip of the week 19: Use the compare function in the Signal Tool to create level dependent trigs from audio.

Click to show Modular Tip of the Week 18
Tip #18: Add multiple modules at once

Modular tip of the week 18: Shift-clicking when choosing modules lets you add multiple modules at once without exiting Add mode.

Click to show Modular Tip of the Week 17
Tip #17: Create a mock filter sweep

Modular tip of the week 17: Controlling a distorting VCA on a sine output from the A-110 can create the illusion of a low-pass filter sweep.

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Tip #16: Control multiple parameters from one knob

Modular tip of the week 16: Link an Offset module to a Performance knob in order to control several CV parameters at once.

Click to show Modular Tip of the Week 15
Tip #15: Create digital noise

Modular tip of the week 15: Use two Sine-oscillators and a Sample & Hold module to create gritty digital noise.

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Tip #14: Use Sample and Hold with sequncers

Modular tip of the week 14: Use the Sample & Hold module to sample pitches from the sequencer only when a note is triggered.

Click to show Modular Tip of the Week 13
Tip #13: Add velocity sensitivity

Modular tip of the week 13: Add velocity sensitivity to your Modular patches by attenuating the ADSR output through a VCA.

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Tip #12: Create digitals artifact effects

Modular tip of the week 12: use Modular's signal and logic modules to add gritty cool digital distortion to your sounds.

Click to show Modular Tip of the Week 11
Tip #11: Beatdetection

Modular tip of the week 11: use a combination of filter, signal tool, offset and envelope follower to create your own beat detection patch.

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Tip #10: Morph with X-fade

Modular tip of the week 10: Use Dual X-Fade modules to morph between different waveforms.

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Tip #9: Inverting signals

Modular tip of the week 9: Invert signals by using the Polarizing Mixer and set the input to -1.

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Tip #8: Build your own guitar pedals

Modular tip of the week 8: Use Modular FX to create your own guitar pedal type effects such as an auto-wah.

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Tip #7: The sequencer as an oscillator

Modular tip of the week 7: Use the Modular sequencer as an oscillator through audio-rate clocking.

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Tip #6: Add mod-wheel controlled vibrato

Modular tip of the week 6: Add a mod wheel controlled vibrato to your VCO by patching an LFO through a VCA, which is controlled from the mod wheel.

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Tip #5: Add distorsion to your patches

Modular tip of the week 5: Modular tip of the week: Get a nice distortion by driving the A-108 VCF or A-132-3 DVCA hard.

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Tip #4: Manually triggered sequences

Modular tip of the week 4: Use the trig out of the MIDI-to-CV module to make the Modular sequencers evolve one step each input note.

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Tip #3: Add portamento

Modular tip of the week 3: Use the slew limiter in Modular to create portamentos. You achieve this by inserting it between the note output of your MIDI-to-CV module and your oscillator.

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Tip #2: Create new waveforms with a switch

Modular tip of the week 2: Use the 4-to-1 Switch to create new waveforms from your oscillator. You can use the pulse output of the oscillator to rapidly switch between input 1 and 4 to which you have other waveforms connected.

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Tip #1: Create ASR envelopes

Modular tip of the week 1: Use the envelope follower to create a simple ASR envelope. Send a gate to the envelope follower's input and use its output to control for example a VCA.