Developer Alexandros Drymonitis has launched a crowdfunding project to fund production of 3dPdModular, a new modular synthesizer platform based on Pure Data and the Raspberry Pi computer.
3dPdModular is an open-source modular synthesizer system that runs on a single Raspberry Pi computer (3 or 4), programmed in the Pure Data environment.
It includes standard modular synthesizer features – including oscillators, filters, envelopes, etc. – but also introduces features not found on traditional modular synthesizers, including:
- saving patches to your phone via a mobile app;
- cloning modules;
- cross-fading between patches; and
- generic modules that can be programmed by the user.
These new features are possible because of 3dPdModular’s unique digital approach.
Patch cables look like traditional modular cables, but when you connect an output to an input, information about the actual connection passes to the system, accompanied by metadata concerning various characteristics of the connecting output.
Here’s an example of the system’s integration with mobile devices:
Here’s an example of using PD to create a custom module:
3dPdModular uses ‘banana’ style patch cables, to avoid confusion with standard Eurorack CV/Gate cables and connections.
Interoperability is possible with Euro systems is possible, though, using MIDI, CV and Gate signals, as demonstrated in the following example:
Pricing and Availability
Production of the 3dPdModular system is being funded via a crowdfunding project. The system is available to project backers starting at 650.00 Euro.