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50 Modular Techniques to Try
Reddit User LugubriousLettuce posts:
Mostly culled from Modwiggler, particularly the "Today My Small Discovery Was..."
Thanks to the original posters.
Everyone knows you can send a fixed-frequency oscillator through a sample and hold or quantizer to form sequencer-less melodies for an audio-rate oscillator. But try building feedback into the system by taking the quantizer output and routing it to the 1 volt/oct input of the first oscillator in the chain. See tip #49 for an extended description of this technique.
Gather two resonant bandpass filters, and send a sawtooth wave to both. Increase the resonance on each only one harmonic is heard. Now tune the filters to your heart’s content, exploring the dyads made possible by the harmonic series. The chord formed by the 7th and 9th harmonic is my favorite.
Use three or more very short delays to emulate formants of acoustic instruments.
Send V/oct pitch signal from your sequencer, keyboard etc. through spring reverb and then into oscillator. The reverb tails of your melody sequence will be translated into atonal smears of portamento.
Put anything that shifts phase (most filters do) or frequency into an audio feedback loop to prevent sudden explosions and promote slower buildup.
For the other 45 techniques, hop on over to Reddit: