Modular: Where to Start?


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Modular: Where to Start?

Modular synths are everywhere now – no longer just the preserve of retro psychedelics, antique gear collectors or IDM extremists, they're a part of the language of electronic music in almost all sectors. But for all that they've become a familiar sight, they can be daunting and baffling to someone who's never used one before. Which is why we've got the brilliant Brazilian producer/DJ Amanda Chang to give us and you a run-through of the fundamental principles of modular.

Chang was already well known on the global club circuit before she got bitten by the modular bug – but rather than just get a few bits of kit and integrate it superficially into her existing work, she decided to immerse herself fully. Thus she spent three seasons Studio- Laboratory La Siesta del Fauno in Buenos Aires, Argentina, under the guidance of synthesist Ernesto Romeo, before starting to create the hybrid modular / DJ sets that she is now renowned for. Joining her for this workshop is DJ, producer and graphic designer Tulpa Dusha. They will be sharing the benefit of this education in our workshop, moving from the fundamentals of what synthesis actually is and how the basic elements interact, through to details of the many oscillators, filters, noise generators modulators and so on. This will culminate in a collaborative improvisation with the workshop lecturers.

Registration for this workshop is only possible with an ADE Sound Lab wristband.

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ADE's Conference program features multiple conference tracks and offers the ultimate business and inspiration platform in the field of electronic music, attracting music- and related industry professionals, start-ups, aspiring producers and musicians, students, VJs, visual artists and stage designers.

The main conference venue is the DeLaMar Theatre in Amsterdam. The other venues are within walking distance from the theatre. You can find all conference venues here.

All you have to do is to make sure you purchased a ticket for the conference. Both the ADE Pass and ADE Conference Pass will gain you access to the full conference program including all tracks and ADE by Day program. If you do not like to attend the full conference, we also offer single sub-conference tickets (available soon).

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