Modular Workshops by Secret Artists in Residence

Secret Artists in Residence during the week: Colin Benders, Sarah Neutkens, Alberta Balsam, Steve Rachmad aka STERAC, Mathew Jonson, Pitto, Sie Medway-Smith, Lady Starlight, Nadia Struiwigh, Ramses3000, Ben Penn, Nikos ten Hoedt, Andert Tysma, Sjamsoedin, Anouschka

After premiering at Best Kept Secret last year and a sophomore edition at ADE22, Secret Artists in Residence settles down on the top floor of ADE Pro this year. A one-off music studio will be built at Felix Meritis to host unusual collaborations, produce records and jam out with an eclectic roster of artists & the concept’s host and curator Pitto himself. Discover a world of inspiration, creativity and collaboration as we embark on a transformative journey of artistic vision, pushing boundaries, and expanding your horizons.

Modular Synthesis Workshop

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to witness these talented artists in action during the following scheduled time slots. Get up close and personal with their artistic process and gain a deeper appreciation for their craft.

During engaging one hour workshops we will delve into the exciting realm of modular synthesis with a special focus on the Elektor Modular System. Learn the fundamentals, discover sound design techniques, and grasp the potential of modular synths, especially the Elektor Modular System, to elevate your music production. We'll explore strategies to deepen your understanding of modular synthesis, including concepts of CV (Control Voltage) and gate signals, and expand your creative horizons. Scroll all the way down for more information regarding the content of the workshop.

RSVP Information

On this day, you will have the opportunity to register for the Modular Synthesis Workshop taking place later in the day. There will be a registration form available for you to provide your personal information, which can be accessed at the reception in the Felix Meritis (not at the desks outside on the Keizersgracht). Once you have signed up, please join us at the specified timeslots for the workshop.

The policy is 'first come, first served,' so be sure to register early for the best chance at securing your spot.


Friday 16:30 - 18:00

Studio Recording Sessions and Amptec Trinnov NOVA Demo sessions

In addition, make sure to watch out for the Demo Sessions by Amptec, showcasing NOVA room correction and acoustic optimization technology by Trinnov Audio, as well as Studio Recording Sessions by the professionals themselves.

Workshop Agenda

1. Introduction to Modular Synthesis and the Elektor Modular System

- Overview of modular synthesis and its significance in contemporary music.
- Brief history and evolution of modular synthesizers, with a special focus on the Elektor Modular System.

2. Understanding Modular Components
2.1 Oscillators:

- Explanation of oscillators and their role in generating sound waves.
- Different waveforms and their sonic characteristics.

2.2 Filters:

- Introduction to filters and their role in shaping the sound spectrum.
- Types of filters and their effects on the audio signal.

2.3 Envelopes:

- Definition and application of envelopes in sound shaping.
- Understanding ADSR (Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release) envelopes.

2.4 VCA (Voltage-Controlled Amplifier):

- Explanation of VCAs and their role in controlling the amplitude or volume of a sound.
- How VCAs are crucial in the synthesis process.

2.5 LFO (Low-Frequency Oscillator):
- Definition and purpose of LFOs in modular synthesis.
- Various waveforms and how they influence modulation.

2.6 Sample-and-Hold:

- Explanation of Sample-and-Hold and its role in generating stepped or quantized random voltages.
- Applications in creating random and evolving sounds.

3. Sound Generation and Sculpting

- Demonstrations on generating sounds with oscillators and manipulating them using filters, VCAs, LFOs, Sample-and-Hold, and envelopes.

4. Signal Routing and Patching

- Understanding signal paths and patching in modular synthesis.
- Best practices for efficient signal routing and cable management.

5. Control Voltage (CV) and Gate Signals

- Explanation of CV and gate signals as fundamental tools for modular synthesis.
- How CV and gate signals control parameters and trigger events in the modular system.

6. Creating Drum, Bass, and Lead Sounds

- Demonstrations on using modular synthesis, especially the Elektor Modular System, to create drum sounds, bass sounds, and lead sounds.
- Tips and techniques for achieving different timbres and characteristics.

7. Creative Sound Design and Closing Remarks
- Recap of the workshop and guidance for further exploration.


- Basic knowledge of music production and electronic music fundamentals.
- An open mind and a passion for exploring new sonic possibilities.

Felix Meritis

Conference FAQ


Join us at the Felix Meritis for the full ADE Pro programme. The conference is set to be extended by an additional day, taking place from ADE Wednesday to Saturday. Just down the road the prestigious Andaz Amsterdam by Hyatt Hotels is transformed to a buzzing network & business hub from Wednesday to Friday.


ADE Lab returns with a four-day programme from ADE Wednesday to Saturday at the Brakke grond and many more venues around the Amsterdam Nes area.

We do not sell ADE Conference only or Day Passes. The only way to get access to the ADE Pro Conference is the ADE Pro Pass.

Tickets for the specialist sessions and ADE Lab can be found on the ticket page.

Our conferences are accessible for all ages in general. Do note that when alcoholic beverages are served, access can be denied.

Happy to see your interest in enhancing and contributing to our Conference program! To submit your conference ideas or panel suggestions, kindly complete this online application form provided.

Our Conference team will review all proposals. If your idea stands out and piques our interest, we'll reach out to you. Keep in mind that we receive numerous submissions, so using this application form doesn't guarantee selection. We appreciate your understanding.

Please visit one of our info & ticket centers to receive your personal ADE Pro badge & wristband:

PRO Registration Desk at Felix Meritis
Tue 17 October: 16:00 to 20:00
Wed 18 October: 09:00 to 20:00
Thu 19 October: 09:30 to 20:00
Fri 20 October: 08:30 to 20:00
Sat 21 October: 10:00 to 20:00

PRO Registration Desk at I Amsterdam Store - Central Station
Tue 17 October: 14:00 to 19:00
Wed 18 October: 09:30 to 19:00
Thu 19 October: 09:30 to 19:00
Fri 20 October: 09:30 to 18:00
Sat 21 October 09:30 to 18:00
Sun 22 October 12:00 to 17:00

PRO Evening Registration Desk at Het Groene Paleis
Wed 18 October: 18:00 to 22:00
Thu 19 October: 18:00 to 21:00
Fri 20 October: 18:00 to 21:00

Please be aware that your E-ticket is strictly personal and non-transferable. Identification with your ID/passport is mandatory which means your items cannot be picked up by someone else.

Also, don’t forget to complete your details before ADE to make sure we have all your details for your personal badge.