Softube´s MODULAR in-depth tutorials


The series of in-depth tutorials about Softube´s MODULAR has started with the first 2 tutorials going online today:
Part 1: Installation, Overview and GUI

Part 2: File Management and Basic Concepts of Modular Synthesis

Timeline and Content of part 1:
00:00 Intro
00:40 iLok and License
01:15 Installation and Plug Ins Control
02:15 The GUI
03:35 Adding Modules
04:10 Moving Modules
04:38 Deleting Modules
04:48 Performance Modules
05:31 The Audio Outputs
06:40 The Modular FX
06:56 Patching
09:14 A Note about Presets
09:39 Some Words ant the End

Timeline and Content of part 2:
00:00 Introduction
00:25 File Management
03:48 Basics about Modular Synths
04:34 CV control voltage
05:12 Audio signals
05:30 Gate
06:05 Trigger
06:30 Audio, Gate, Trigger, CV in Real Life
13:05 Mashing the signals up
18:12 The MIDI to CV Module
20:48 Some Words at the End

Have a great day and agood time!


Part 3 of the in-depth tutorials about Softube´s MODULAR is online now. It´s about the oscillator Doepfer A-110 module.
Please look at the timeline for more details:

00:00 Intro
00:24 Wave Forms
04:08 Range and Tune
05:50 CV 1 and CV 2
06:22 Microtonal Scales
08:35 Square, Pulse and Duty Cycle
09:45 Hard Sync
14:08 Output Levels
16:50 FM, Frequency Modulation
19:50 Some Words at the End

Have a great day and a good time!


Tutorial 4: Doepfer A-132-3 DVCA

Part 4 of my series of tutorials about Softube´s MODULAR is online now. It´s about the amplifier module Doepfer A-132-3 DVCA:

00:00 Introduction
00:30 A Warning
01:30 Module Overview
02:20 Gain and Amplification
03:44 Linear vs. Exponential
04:35 Clipping
06:38 2 DVCAs in Series
08:15 again: Linear vs. Exponential
08:48 Processing CV
12:22 Constructing Strange Scales
14:45 2 DVCAs parallel
16:41 AM (Amplitude Modulation)
18:30 Some Words at the End

Enjoy it!
Have a great day and a good time!


Part 5: Doepfer A-108 VCF6 filter module

Part 5 of my tutorials about Softube´s Modular is online now. I deal with the filter module Doepfer A-108 VCF8.

00:00 Introduction
00:12 Overview
03:40 Basic Terms: Cutoff and roll off
05:00 Basic Terms: Emphasis, Q, Resonance
05:30 Band Pass
06:15 The Filter´s Curves
09:52 CV Cutoff Keyfollow
11:21 Modulating the Cutoff
14:04 Selfresonance
15:30 Comparing Sine Oscillators
17:24 A Singing Filter
18:50 Feedback Inserts
20:54 Feedback Keyfollow
22:04 Some Words at the End
Have a great day and a good time!


Part 6 is online! Doepfer A-140 ADSR module

Part 6 of my series of tutorials about Softube´s Modular is online:
It´s about the Doepfer A140 ADSR module and some uncommon applications.

00:00 Introduction
01:12 4 Stages
02:00 Gate
03:26 Gate and Retrigger
06:22 Outs and Inverse Out
08:30 ADSR Modes
10:30 Time or Speed or Level?
14:20 Maximum Level and Sustain Level
17:30 101 Gate Signals
20:45 ADSR and LFO
21:56 Two ADSRs (parallel)
27:03 Two ADSRs (serial)
28:40 A Whiff of Brass
30:15 Some Words at the End

Have a great day and a good time!


Part 7 is online: Doepfer A-147 VCLFO

Part 7 of my tutorials about Softube´s Modular is online now.
It´s about the Doepfer A-147 VCLFO Module, its functionality, its feedback behaviour and some deeper insides in RESET and CV feedback. Combinations of more than only 1 LFO (parallel and seriell) and some experiments round the contend up to a video, which is a bit longer than expected :)).
Have a great day and a good time!

00:00 Introduction
00:30 Functionality
01:05 Range of Frequencies
01:50 RESET
04:00 Breaking of the Chains
05:02 Modifying the Wave Forms
07:45 The Square Wave´s Resetting Behaviour
10:31 Feedback 1
13:56 The Strange Behaviour of the Saw Wave
15:40 RESETTING Conditions
23:00 And Again: Strange Saw
25:53 Feedback 2: Back to CV
30:21 2 LFOs Working Parallel
37:46 2 LFOs in Seriell
42:32 Some Words at the End


Part 8: Doepfer A_118 Noise, Random Voltage and Electronic B

Softube Modular: The Tutorials, part 8 is online.
This part deals with the Doepfer A-118 Noise and Random Voltage Module.
I´m talking about noise to strings, ocean, waves, wind, percussion and tasty electronic bacon.

00:00 Introduction
00:41 White Noise
01:20 Coloured Noise, Red, Blue
02:42 Random Voltage
03:00 Slew Rate
04:16 Random Voltage and Couloured Noise
05:20 From Noise to Strings, Noise and Delay
10:00 A Whiff of Karplus-Strong
14:00 Noise and Percussion 1: Synthesis
17:22 Ocean, Wind and Waves (but no Sun)
19:34 Noise and Percussion 2: Layering
25:56 Noise as a Modulator
29:35 Noise and Analogue Uncleanliness
30:50 Noise and Granular Synthesis
31:12 Electronic Bacon
32:02 Some Words at the End
33:42 Noise goes Granular

Have a great day and a good time!


Have a nice morning, day, evening, night or whenever you are watching this.

Part 9 of my series about Softube´s Modular is going to deal with the 4 sequencer modules and will be published on Saturday 1 April 2017 on my channel “VSTs in depth” ... rYzVBLOAvw

Please read the timeline for more details about the content.

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After March 31 (2017) there won´t be any lifetime licenses on offer any more. You´ll have to donate to get access to a tutorial or to another video production of mine individually for each video and each time.

But it still will be your decision how much you donate. There won´t be a minimum amount so far. And whether or not there will ever be one depends only on you, same as it depended only on my viewers to “make it all donation ware”.

Producing a tutorial of the given quality takes me between 30 and 40 hours of work:

selecting the matter, writing the script, testing, rewriting, producing the individual clips and footage, recording the voice-over, producing animations and graphs, cut, discussing the video with my family and with friends, critics, changes, publishing.

And as long as the mere number of viewers doesn´t convince the people at the baker´s to give me some bread for free, nor any shop assistant to give my grandchildren some new shoes as a present, my choice is:

Either stop producing my tutorials at all and give more private lessons,
try to make it completely donation ware.

I´ve decided to try the later.

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And videos in the course of our project “The Sound of the Waters of the World” will always be free – for ever and for anybody.

Have a great day and a good time!


Tutorial 9:
The Sequencer Units

Content and Timeline:

0:00:00 Introduction
0:00:28 Why Analogue Sequencing?
0:03:21 The 4 Sequencer Units
0:03:46 Clock and DAW SYNC
0:05:32 Clock and LFO
0:06:20 LENGTH
0:06:52 Automating LENGTH
0:07:30 RESET
0:09:24 LOOP
0:10:23 Linking Sequencers
0:14:51 CV, RANGE and QUANTISE
0:17:20 CV and PITCH (2 Charts)
0:17:56 TRIGGER and GATE
0:19:45 Patching
0:19:55 GATE as a CLOCK
0:20:42 The Sequencer Units and the Piano Roll, Part 1
0:22:05 TRIGGER as a CLOCK
0:22:25 The Sequencer Units and the Piano Roll, Part 2
0:24:19 Sequencer and Envelopes
0:28:58 Transposing Sequences
0:31:26 VCO as a CLOCK, the Clock Divider
0:33:15 Modulating the CLOCK
0:34:18 Pitch and CLOCK
0:34:58 Sequencers in Feedback Loops
0:40:45 Complex Rhythmical Structures (Polyrhythms)
0:46:04 The Beat Sequencer
0:48:50 SWING
0:53:07 The Beat Sequencer as a CLOCK source for Sequencer 8/16
0:55:17 Ratcheting
1:02:30 Ratcheting in Live Situations
1:04:11 The End
1:07:16 The Very End


I´ve started working on Tutorial 10 about Softube´s Modular. This time I´m going to talk about the module Intellijel “Rubicon”. It´s a prety complex beast and the tutorial will probably be the longest one I´ve ever produced (looks like something about two and a half hour, perhaps even up to three hours). I suppose it´s going to be available at the end of July. For those, who have missed the beginning: Tutorials 1 to 9 start here

Have a great day and a good time!


It´s done again! The “Rubicon” tutorial is available (part 10 of my series about Softube´s Modular). With about 95 hours of production time (included some night shifts) it´s got the longest and most comprehensive – so far – tutorial I´ve ever made: nearly 3 hours of explanations, experiments – and some jokes. And it´s not only the most comprehensive tutorial I have ever produces, it is – so far – also the most comprehensive tutorial about “Rubicon” on the Internet (disprove it, if you can :))!
It´s done again! The “Rubicon” tutorial is available (part 10 of my series about Softube´s Modular). With about 95 hours of production time (included some night shifts) it´s got the longest and most comprehensive – so far – tutorial I´ve ever made: nearly 3 hours of explanations, experiments – and some jokes. And it´s not only the most comprehensive tutorial I have ever produces, it is – so far – also the most comprehensive tutorial about “Rubicon” on the Internet (disprove it, if you can :))!

0:00:00 Introduction
0:01:38 The Front Panel: Ovverview and Groups
0:02:15 The Outputs: The Waveforms
0:03:10 The Inputs: Groups of Functionalities
0:04:38 Ranges of Frequencies
0:08:33 The Waveform Switches
0:08:44 Sine, Sigmoid and Double Sigmoid
0:12:30 Pulse, Centered and Edge Aligned, Merging Waves, PW, PWM
0:29:19 Pulse Width Modulation
0:32:17 Softsync (“Flip”)
0:33:48 Terminology
0:34:42 Relations of Frequencies, Master and Slave
0:40:00 Non-Integer Relations
0:41:47 Different Waveforms of the Slave
0:52:55 Different Classes of Spectra
1:16:00 Different Waveforms of the Master
1:18:48 Hardsync
1:20:11 Comparing Hardsync and Softsync
1:24:26 Master-Slave Frequency Relations with Different Kinds of Master-Waves
1:30:14 Rubicon as Master and Rubicon as Slave
1:33:10 The Magic of Zig-Zag
1:35:03 Rubicon-Square versus A-110-Square
1:43:34 SUB: Syncing to Death
1:44:58 Networks of Masters and Slaves
1:46:40 Exponential Frequency Modulation
1:47:05 Just for the Beginners: Some Explanations of Basic Terms
1:48:00 Frequency Modulation
1:49:43 Exponential Frequency Modulation
1:51:42 Linear Frequency Modulation
1:53:07 Through Zero Frequency Modulation
1:58:42 First Exponential Frequency Modulation with Rubicon
2:02:02 Attenuating the Strength of Modulation
2:03:44 Modulating the Modulation
2:07:49 A “Melody of Sounds” with MIDI-Notes as Modulators, Microtonal Scales, Macrotonal Scales
2:10:25 Some Typical Little Patches
2:15:07 Through Zero Frequency Modulation
2:15:25 SYMMETRY
2:20:40 INDEX
2:26:10 And again: SYMMETRY
2:28:17 Detour: The 20% Principle
2:29:40 SYMMETRY and “Negative” Frequencies
2:34:38 “A Singing Modulator” or “Rubicon Gets Rid of Its Voice”
2:46:58 Reflecting Partials and Splitting Partials
2:48:30 Future Prospects
2:51:40 Some Words at the End
The End at 2:52:38


The series is growing and growing: Part 11 of my series of Tutorials about the modules of Softube´s Modular is available now.


It´s all about Intellijel´s multifilter “Korgasmatron II”. 2 hours of explanations, examples, experiments and patches (well, only 1 hour 59 minutes and 32 seconds, to be precise). And like always: instead of a lot of words, here is the

0:00:00 Introduction
0:00:35 The Family Tree of Korgasmatron II
0:01:40 The Overall Architecture and the GUI
0:02:16 Internal Signal Paths (A and B), Part 1
(incl. Seriell Mode and Parallel Mode)
0:08:44 XFADE
0:12:56 Seriell Mode
0:16:15 XFADE Modulations
0:21:35 Cutoff Modulations
0:24:20 Internal Signal Paths (A and B), Part 2
(incl. FM2)
0:29:25 1V/OCT and Tuned Self-Resonance
0:34:03 Internal Signal Paths, Part 3
0:36:35 Audio-In, Gain and Clipping
0:43:07 The 2 Lowpass Filters
0:48:00 Q and Q-drive
0:53:10 Distortion and Self-Resonance
0:54:10 Miss Marple and the Case of the Mysterious Partials
1:03:33 The Bandpass Filter
1:17:04 The Highpass Filter
1:22:13 The Bandreject Filter
1:32:30 Patch 1: “Zizzle-Grizzle”
1:40:27 Patch 2: Surfing the Ocean Waves of Partials
1:47:05 Patch 3: A Kind of Canon
1:52:10 Patch 4: A Selfmade Drum Machine
1:55:45 Some Words at the End
1:59:30 The End

Enjoy your time!


“Softube Modular the Tutorials part 12: the Buchla 259e unit” is available now:


2 hours and 40 minutes (and 54 seconds :) ) full of explanations, demonstrations and experiments. Probably the most comprehensive guide to this twisted, crazy and complex west coast module you will find on the web (so far, 3 March 2018).

Content and Timeline:

0:00:00 Introduction
0:00:40 Buchla and Moog, West and East
0:01:22 Are They Crazy In California?
0:02:10 Basic Structure
0:03:33 The Principal Oscillator
0:03:38 Frequencies and Pitch
0:04:23 FM and CV Modulation, Similarities and Differences
0:14:08 MIDI
0:26:30 Green and Red Wave Shapes
0:28:30 Morphing Wave Shapes
0:29:39 Warping Waves
0:31:00 Modulating Morph and Warp
0:42:08 The Wave Shapes In Detail
1:24:35 The Waves a, b and c or: “How to Drink the Attic”
1:28:20 The Memory Skew Mode
1:50:05 The Modulation Oscillator
1:50:54 Modulation Shapes and Frequencies
1:55:25 The Pitch Track Mode
2:05:00 Modulating the Modulations
2:15:52 The Modulation Types
2:17:27 The Modulation Index
2:19:45 Softsync
2:26:45 Hardsync
2:29:34 MIDI Sync
2:31:23 AC Coupled Outputs and DC Coupled Outputs
2:34:55 Buchla 259e, The Hardware and the Software: Differences
2:37:25 Some Words at the End
2:40:54 The End

Enjoy your day!


Softube´s Modular Tutorial 13 is available!


The video (1 hour and 41 minutes) deals with the module “Clouds” (Mutable Instruments).

And here is the timeline and content:


0:00:00 Introduction

0:01:28 Granular Processing of Sound – The Basics

0:01:28 Grains

0:02:22 Rearranging Grains

0:02:45 Direction And Speed of Play Back

0:03:17 Layers of Grains

0:03:29 Repeating Grains

0:03:36 Stretching

0:03:50 A Sonic Microscope, Part I

0:04:47 The Buffer

0:06:27 Playhead And Buffer

0:06:54 Manipulating Positions

0:08:55 The Individual Functions

0:09:23 The GAIN

0:10:01 The Audio Quality

0:10:41 The BLEND Modes

0:16:16 Some Details About The Buffer

0:28:39 The Size of The Grains

0:45:17 PITCH

0:49:53 DENSITY

1:01:50 The Texture Of The Grains

1:06:36 The Inputs

1:17:04 A Sonic Electron Microscope

1:26:50 Randomness

1:27:09 Rhythm Building With Freeze And Talking Drum Loops

1:31:27 Delay

1:34:52 A Pitch Shifter

1:36:16 An Enriched Drum Loop

1:37:38 Voices

1:38:44 “Clouds”, Modulated by Audio

1:41:00 The End

Enjoy your day!


Tutorial no. 14 about Softube´s Modulůar is available now. It deals with the module BRAIDS (Mutable Instruments). It´s the first of two videos about Braids. The main matter are the functions in set-up mode.


00:00 Introduction
00:31 Front Panel and Basic Modes
01:13 Wave Select Mode and Setup Mode
03:05 General and Basic Functions
05:15 The SutUp Mode
07:45 META
11:50 BITS
13:50 The Meaning of Bit Depth
15:00 The Meaning of Quantization in a ADC/DAC
16:15 RATE
17:03 The Meaning of the Refresh Rate of a DAC
22:45 When do BITS and RATE really Make a Difference?
25:33 TSRC Trigger Source
28:08 Multi Triggers
28:58 TDLY Trigger Delay
30:46 The Internal Envelope and the Internal VCA
33:32 The Internal Envelope and FM
36:15 The Internal Envelope and TIMBRE and COLOR
37:44 RANG Range
41:38 OCTV Octave
42:06 QNTZ Quantization and 45 Different Scales
44:21 ROOT Setting the Root Note of a Scale
45:49 FLAT Detuning
46:51 DRFT Frequency Drift/Instability
47:50 SIGN Grunge and Dirt
49:08 Version
49:20 Some Words at the End
49:34 The Real End

Enjoy your day!


Softube Modular The Tutorials 15 is available now.:


This video of more than 1 and a half hours length deals with the wave shapes 1 – 15 of Mutable Instruments module “BRAIDS”. But it´s far more than a simple demonstration of these wave shapes/sounds. The video gives a lot of background information about the wave shapes (the algorithms), as well as how they work “under the hood”. Enjoy your day!


0:00:00 Introduction
0:00:20 wave 1: CSAW
0:03:35 wave 2: 1n
0:07:31 wave 3: 1Nn
0:09:38 wave 4: Fold
0:11:52 wave 5: 1111
0:12:43 comb waves
0:13:26 Dirac waves
0:16:08 wave 6: SYNC
0:19:14 wave 7: SYN 1
0:20:10 wave 8: tripple saw
0:20:41 wave 9: tripple square
0:21:16 wave 10: tripple triangle
0:21:58 wave 11: triple sine
0:23:20 pitch quantisation
0:24:12 wave 12: RING
0:40:38 wave 13: seven saw
0:42:50 wave 14: comb-saw
0:44:23 delay lines and comb filtering
0:47:23 tuning delays
0:47:52 delay feedback
0:56:52 wave 15: TOY*
0:59:20 wave 16: ZLPF
1:01:12 waves 17 – 19: ZPKF, ZBPF, ZHPF
1:02:50 wave 20: VOSM
1:03:10 FORMANT synthesis, speech synthesis
1:04:08 VOSIM synthesis
1:06:06 wave 21: VOWL
1:08:08 wave 22: VFOF
1:08:25 Formant Wave Function synthesis
1:09:36 wave 23: HARM
1:11:31 wave 24: FM
1:16:42 wave 25: FBFM
1:19:22 wave 26: WTFM
1:22:37 wave:27 PLUK
1:24:10 wave 28: BOWD
1:27:43 wave 29: BLOW
1:28:27 wave 30: FLUTE and comparing BLOW + FLUTE
1:30:20 wave 31: BELL (a notion of additive synthesis)
1:32:17 The end
1:33:20 The real END


Mutable Instruments BRAIDS – Tutorial 16 about Softube´s Modular is public now:


A demonstration and explanation of waves 32 to 45 including a bunch of background information about these waves. See the timeline/content for details.

Timeline / Content:
00:00 Introduction
00:24 Wave 32 “Drum”
02:37 Wave 33 “KICK”
04:13 Bridged T-Filters
05:28 Wave 34 “CYMB”
08:41 Wave 35 “SNAR”
09/47 Wave 36 “WTBL”
11:57 Wave 37 “WMAP”
14:07 Wave 38 “WLIN”
17:26 Wave 39 “WTx4”
18:58 Wave 40 “NOIS”
22:48 State Variable Filter
23:50 Wave 41 “TWNQ”
27:44 Wave 42 “CLKN”
30:31 Wave 43 “CLOU”
30:32 Basics of Granular Sound Processing
32:06 The Parameters of Wave 43
35:37 Wave 44 “PRTC”
37:16 Wave 45 “QPSK”
39:54 Some Words at the End
40:56 The End
Enjoy your day!


Softube Modular tutorial 17 is available now:


It´s all about the 4MS Spectral Multiband Resonator module. It´s public. Everbody can watch it. But only until August 10, 2019. After that deadline only Patrons and/or members of the community will have access to the tutorial.

And here is the content/timeline:

Timeline / Content:
00:00 Introduction
01:08 The Basic Functionality
04:45 Overview of the GUI
06:21 Colour Codes and Scales
09:19 The Spread Function
10:25 Scale Rotation
14:44 Scale CV
21:53 More about Scales
25:27 The Morph Function
27:49 The Filter Bands
33:32 The Range of Nudge
35:44 Slew and Moph
36:40 The Envelope Follower
51:23 Resonance Lock
53:38 Some Words at the End
56:41 The Real End

Enjoy your day!


Softube Modular The Tutorials Part 19 “The Logic Modules” is available now:

And here is its timeline/content (instead of a lot of introducing words):

00:00 Introduction
00:33 The Logic Tool Module
00:33 “1”/”0” or “High”/”Low” or “True”/”False”
01:28 Input Wave Shapes and Output Pulses
05:03 First (Simple! Application
06:08 Second Application (Signal Switching)
07:07 Inverting
07:24 The OR Function
07:58 The AND Function (incl. Random Rhythms)
09/17 The NAND Function
10:35 Adding and Combining Logical Function
11:13 Different Levels of “High” and Sequencing
14:05 The NOR Function
14:49 The XOR Function
15:51 The Logixc Tool Module as a Signal Distributor
16:16 The Logic Tool Module and Persuccion Units
19:28 Switching between Sequences
22:21 Networks of Logic Tool Modules
26:21 The Signal Tool Module
26:46 The NEG Function
27:42 The ABS Function (incl. DC Offset)
32:07 The MAX Function and the MIN Function
34:25 The Signal Tool Module and External Audio
38:04 The A+B Function and the A-B Function
39:48 The CLIP Function
40:51 The “A is bigger than B” Function
41:54 The Divider
42:58 Different Input Wave Shapes
46:00 The Threshold
48:30 Step Divisions
49:38 Divider Networks
50:25 The RESET Function
51:58 External Audio as a Beat Trigger
52:57 Some Words At the End
53:15 The End

Enjoy your time!

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