I fell in love with the sound and possibilities of electronic music at a young age. I took synthesis lessons as a teen in the 1970s, learning on a modular Steiner-Parker Synthasystem. A kit-based PAiA modular was my dorm room companion in college. Soon after I graduated, I got a job at Sequential Circuits, where I contributed to several instruments and created Vector Synthesis. I went on to work for Digidesign, Marion Systems (Tom Oberheim), and was the chief engineer at Roland R&D US.
I’ve always enjoyed sharing what I’ve learned. I taught synthesis at UCLA Extension, was the technical editor for Music Technology and Recording magazines, and wrote a column for Keyboard magazine. I continue today, co-writing Patch & Tweak – the new book on modular synthesis – with Kim Bjørn, and writing module reviews for Synth & Software. I also regularly play modular music live under the name Alias Zone, plus jam with others.
I also have a lot of experience creating online training. Before I started Learning Modular, I recorded nearly 50 online courses on creating graphics for television and film for lynda.com (now LinkedIn Learning). I've brought this experience of how to teach a difficult, technical subject in a patient, step-by-step manner to my modular synthesis courses.
Got my money's worth on the Mother-32
Hey, love your teaching style Chris. I know I could dig up similar information from YouTube / Mother-32 manual, but you've made it more visual & auditory to really help me grasp and review the basics. Plan on taking more of your courses - you're great at explaining this stuff. Appreciate the enthusiasm. For me, this is well worth the money. Keep it up :)
Take the plunge into modular with the Mother
Whilst I knew I would go all-in with modular last year when I took this course, I was feeling overwhelmed where to begin. Starting with a semi-modular synth voice appeared like a logical step and following this course dozens of "clicks" happened in my brain and made me grasp the underlying concepts. I do not know if everyone needs to get a Mother-32, but even after my modular system has grown quite a lot I still keep going back to the Mother. She might be limited, sure, but she has a fat, classic sound. One thing though: I did not dare remove dear Mother from her enclosure but instead got the Moog tri-stand and added the DFAM and the Subharmonicon. A quite compact and very flexible system by itself.
Concise and precise information in every single lesson. I have learned a lot.
well done really enjoyed the course thank you mate
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