Learn Synthesis with VCV Rack Series 04

Learn Synthesis with VCV Rack Series 04 Title Screen

The Learning Continues with VCV Rack

In this fourth series of Learn Synthesis with VCV Rack, we begin by covering some of the more advanced synthesis concepts that have not been covered thus far in the overall series. These topics are not exclusive to Eurorack, but are a big part of Eurorack functionality and can also be utilized in other forms of synthesis. For the second half of the series, we continue to look at some of the libraries of modules in the wider community library of VCV Rack. There are a lot of inventive modules out there and many of them take some time in order to understand all of their features. Such episodes will give people more insight of what modules are out there without having to go through and try them all out, which would be nearly impossible with how many there are.

Episode 01 – How to Use Sample & Hold with Quantize

In this fourth series of Learn Synthesis with VCV Rack, we will be starting off with those approaches to synthesis and synthesis concepts that have not been covered thus far in the series. In this episode, we look at how sample and hold works. We will use the VCV sample & Hold module with the VCV Quantize module to store pitch data that can then be triggered out with a sequencer. One can use the module either in random mode or in a CV storage mode that can store pitch data. We look at how one can use different portions of the module to trigger out multiple portions of the sequencer and layer them together. We will also use the sample & hold to offset pitch from the MIDI keyboard to function like an arpeggiator. After watching this episode, you will know how to use sample and hold modules in general.

Episode 02 – Using Oscillator Sync to Produce Complex Wave Shapes

One approach to producing complex wave shapes in synthesis that often gets overlooked is sync. Sync is a process by which one uses one osillaor to reset the phase of another oscillator. The first oscillator that resets the phase drives the fundamental frequency due to this resetting of the second oscillator. The frequency and the wave shape produced by the second oscillator can then be used to craft he timbre of the overall sound. We look at this process in this video and try out a number of parameters. We also utilize a little frequency modulation on the oscillator receiving the sync resets to increase the exploration of distortion techniques. The resulting sounds are more alive and vary in timbre throughout the range of the notes being played. Some extra tips on improving the sound and refining the distortion are provided.