Sound designer and synthesist Ian Boddy experiments with iPad control of a Serge modular synthesizer.
The combination of open-ended multi-touch controllers with modular synthesizers is just beginning to take off, but I think it promises to revolutionize the world of modular synths. Only a small part of what you pay for in a modular synth is for the electronics. The bulk of the cost goes for knobs, switches, jacks, panels, design costs, overhead & shipping.
By rethinking modular synths with wireless touchscreen control in mind, you could have a relatively inexpensive modular synth that uses knobs as needed for tactile control, but is logically patched via a wireless touchscreen controller. Functions that are done effectively in software, like sequencing, could move to the touchscreen controller. This could combine the hands-on benefits of modular synthesis with things like patch recall.
What do you think of the combination of multi-touch tablets with modular synths?
Serge modular controlled from an iPAD running TouchOSC.
Wholetone scale with 4 x sliders controlling FM pitch / FM amount / filter cutoff / envelope scaling.
And we’re pretty sure it only looks like chocolate pudding on the iPad screen.