Modular Synthesizers with Andrew Scheps

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Dive into the world of Modular Synthesis with Andrew Scheps

Modular Synthesizers are not only a sight to behold but fascinating instruments capable of producing unique sounds that people have never heard before. Now that you’ve mastered oscillators and filters (covered in Synth 101) and modulation and envelopes (covered in Synth 102), it’s time to dive deeper as Andrew Scheps explains the world of Modular Synthesis.

In this tutorial Andrew demonstrates how to:

  • Build a simple synthesizer
  • Use control voltages and audio to shape patches
  • Use an oscillator as a clock
  • Build a theremin
  • Create a droning patch

After you finish the video, we recommend checking out the free, open source Modular software synthesizer, VCVRack and applying what you have learned!

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Andrew Scheps

Andrew Scheps is a music producer, mixing engineer and record label owner based in the United Kingdom. He has received Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album for his work on Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium, Album Of The Year for Adele's 21, and also Best Reggae Album for Ziggy Marley's Fly Rasta.

Andrew started as a musician, but found that what he enjoyed most was working behind the scenes. This led him to study recording at the University of Miami. After graduating, he spent some time working for Synclavier, and then on the road with Stevie Wonder (as a keyboard tech) and Michael Jackson (mixing live sound). But he found his home in the studio, and he honed his craft working for producers such as Rob Cavallo, Don Was and Rick Rubin.

Andrew collaborated with Waves in order to create his own line of plug-ins which include the Scheps 73 EQ and the Scheps Parallel Particles.

Andrew is one of the best known mixing engineers in the world, well-known for his Rear Bus mixing techniques that he developed working on his 64 input Neve 8068 console and his love for distortion of any kind. If you are watching pureMix videos you will see that he managed to carry his analog sound signature over to a fully portable digital rig. These days, Andrew mixes completely In The Box as it allows him much greater flexibility and the ability to work on several project simultaneously.



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Mr Rambolini
2022 Oct 28
Another great learning experience and a chance to add another string to my bow - and all delivered by the erudite Andrew Scheps. I could listen to him talk about this stuff for hours... For anyone in doubt, it's worth downloading the free synth mentioned and giving it a try. It takes a while to get your head around it if, like me, you're a novice, but it's worth it!
2018 Jul 07
An interesting exploration into another facet of Andrew Scheps as a sound designer. It’s interesting to hear what sonically stimulates such a brilliant mind and developed ears. This video also provides a glimpse into a more creative and perhaps vulnerable Scheps. A contrast to the rational confident authority we know and love. Et voila! ;)