Modular synthesizers and their patch cable-based interfaces connect electronic musicians with the roots of electronic music. Before development of the first hard-wired synthesizers (or, much more portable synthesizers that involved prewired internal components and tone-triggering interfaces) and keyboards of the 1960s and 1970s, artists experimenting with sound generators built racks and walls of modules that would interact with one another to produce new sounds. Our collection is inspired by the evolution of the modular format and features modular and semi-modular synths, as well as compatible controllers.
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Many of the very first electronic musicians of the 20th century found their greatest inspiration while operating modular synths, as they filled entire rooms and offered new ways to design, trigger, sequence, and interact with sound. Even after "mini" and more portable synthesizers and keyboards gradually became the standard electronic instrument of the 1970s and 1980s, some artists nevertheless continued experimenting with modules. Examples of the sometimes massive machines they built with complex patches that sometimes only they could understand inspired other artists who succeeded them in the decades to come, and synth designers, artists, and audiences alike welcomed the opportunity to immerse themselves in the uniquely modular synth-based sonic environments that followed. Now, in the 2020s, modular synthesis is more popular than ever, even as keyboards and other types of synthesizers also continue to expand the world of electronic music.
Our carefully curated collection of modular synthesizers, effects, and utilities presents you with a gradually growing series of module inventors and their best creations. While creators like Émilie Gillet––who with her company Mutable Instruments has designed and built some of the most loved modules ever seen or heard in electronic music––as well as Erica Synths and Bastl Instruments show Eurorack options that fit a range of applications, others like SOMA Laboratory encourage artists to try other forms of interfacing and modular connectivity through their modular drum machines and effects modules. In the realm of pure modular effects, Strymon's own designs bring modular synthesists new options previously only seen in desktop and pedal formats.
Modular synthesis offers artists unlimited ways to craft their sounds, along with a foundation upon which they can build the synthesizer of their dreams. Options are almost just as endless, so as we add to our Modular Collection at The Midium®, we will continue seeking out those brands, inventors, and modules that stand out the most.
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