Moog Model 15 tips for noobs
This is just as much for my own edification as anyone else's. And if anyone wants to contribute tips please do.
I'm a real synthesis newbie, and I've never used any kind of modular synth before, so I thought I would share my discoveries in case they are of any use to others who are also new to this game.
So to begin at the beginning, load the init patch and follow me as my make my first (very basic) custom sounds.
Everything starts with the oscillators. The oscillators create the basic waveforms (ie sounds) which the other modules will then modify.
When you load the init patch the modules are wired up to make a basic sound using one of the two available oscillators.
If you play at the lower end of the keyboard you should hear a nice warm moog-like tone. It is created by the sawtooth wave from the first oscillator. To hear the other types of waves that the oscillator can create double-tap the orange cable in the "sawtooth" slot and move it to the other available slots above and below it, to hear the sine wave, triangle wave, and rectangular wave - each has its own character.
Now you can create a more complex sound by using the second oscillator in conjunction with the first - for example by creating a different sound and mixing it in with the first. But here we are going to do something different: we are going to use the second oscillator to modulate the first.
So double tap on the sine-wave slot in oscillator 2 and connect it to the AC modulate slot in oscillator 1:
Now you should hear a different character to the sound, the wave is not smooth anymore because there is interference coming from the second oscillator, creating a less even sound.
Playing with the dials in the oscillator panels will allow you to shape your base sound.
Part 2 to follow shortly.