Synth Patches

Synth Patches

In modular synthesizer speak, a patch consists of the necessary wiring or patches from one module to another to produce some sort of output. Some patches go between the audio stage of modules to other audio stages in either the same or different modules The insertion points of the cable are often called “Patch Points.” Other patches connect control voltages between modules. In some cases, you can take a fast pulse control voltage patch and connect it to audio stages to get particular sounds. In reality, patching is almost limitless.

The person who programs a synthesizer is called a “Synthesist” This may or may not be the actual person who plays the synthesizer. If the synthesizer is being controlled with a standard keyboard, the person who plays the synthesizer, would be called a Keyboardist. In the early days, many Keyboardist utilized a Synthesist to program the synthesizer the way the Keyboardist wanted. Now days, usually the Keyboardist is also the Synthesist. In some cases, like my own, there is no keyboard on the synthesizer, so the programming and playing is all done by the Synthesist. I purport myself to be a “Synthesist.” Since I don’t use a keyboard, The synthesizer is controlled by a master clock, clock dividers, a series of sequencers, voltage controlled switches, envelope and function (AR) generators, and lots or wires going every which way.

A lot of people tend to make beeps, bleeps and various swooshes and wahs with their synthesizers. While this is indeed really fun, I tend to try to create a more “musical” sound with my patches. This statement is in no way meant to disparage other musicians who produce electronic music of this sort, of which many have been paid a lot of money for. It is just a statement of what I am focused on now.


NOTE: I want to apologize for the low audio in these first few patches. I simply used the microphone in the iPhone to record the video from the speakers, and thought it would be loud enough until I heard the playback.

Here is one patch I made as a quick patch to play with a 8 step sequence I made on the Intellijel Metropolis 8 step Sequencer (Wish they made a 16 step.) Oscillators are PAiA.

Here is a patch I made right after I received a module from the company 2hp. The module name is pluck and sort of sounds like someone plucking strings. I used a PAiA oscillator and filter to create the more traditional synth sound in the background and a slow ADSR to control the filter to give it the “wow” effect triggered by an eight step SynthroTek Sequencer. It’s a little long, but interesting.