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Expanding Your Modular Synth with Guitar Effects Pedals



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In this video I walk through the basics of using guitar effects pedals with modular or semi-modular synthesizers. I’ll go over why effects pedals can be a great addition to your Eurorack setup, how to optimize signal levels between your synth and pedals (and other technical considerations), which kinds of effects work best with modulars, and how expression pedals, control voltage, and modulation work when interfacing between FX pedals and synthesizers.

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--EFFECTS PEDALS--
WMD Protostar: https://link.perfectcircuit.com/t/v1/S0BERUlFSUBFSEZMREZATEpITA?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.perfectcircuit.com%2Fwmd-protostar.html
Electro-Harmonix Ring Thing: https://link.perfectcircuit.com/t/v1/S0BERUlFSUBFSEZMREZATEpITA?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.perfectcircuit.com%2Felectro-harmonix-ring-thing.html
Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Boy: https://link.perfectcircuit.com/t/v1/S0BERUlFSUBFSEZMREZATEpITA?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.perfectcircuit.com%2Felectro-harmonix-deluxe-memory-boy.html
Red Panda Tensor: https://link.perfectcircuit.com/t/v1/S0BERUlFSUBFSEZMREZATEpITA?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.perfectcircuit.com%2Fred-panda-tensor-time-warping-effects-pedal.html

--CABLES--
Floating Ring Cable: https://link.perfectcircuit.com/t/v1/S0BERUlFSUBFSEZMREZATEpITA?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.perfectcircuit.com%2Fexpert-sleepers-fr-200-1-4-trs-to-3-5mm-ts-cable.html
Right Angle Low Profile Guitar Patch Cables: https://link.perfectcircuit.com/t/v1/S0BERUlFSUBFSEZMREZATEpITA?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.perfectcircuit.com%2Fhosa-irg-600-5.html

--PEDAL INTERFACE MODULES--
ALM S.B.G: https://link.perfectcircuit.com/t/v1/S0BERUlFSUBFSEZMREZATEpITA?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.perfectcircuit.com%2Falm-busy-circuits-sbg.html
Malekko SND/RTN: https://link.perfectcircuit.com/t/v1/S0BERUlFSUBFSEZMREZATEpITA?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.perfectcircuit.com%2Fmalekko-snd-rtn.html
Xaoc Devices SEWASTOPOL II: https://link.perfectcircuit.com/t/v1/S0BERUlFSUBFSEZMREZATEpITA?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.perfectcircuit.com%2Fxaoc-sewastopol-ii-black-panel.html
Doepfer A-138d Crossfader / Effect Insert Module: https://link.perfectcircuit.com/t/v1/S0BERUlFSUBFSEZMREZATEpITA?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.perfectcircuit.com%2Fdoepfer-a-138d.html
ADDAC200PI Pedal Integrator: https://link.perfectcircuit.com/t/v1/S0BERUlFSUBFSEZMREZATEpITA?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.perfectcircuit.com%2Faddac-200pi.html

Video Timestamps:

00:00 Introduction + Overview
02:23 Why Pedals?
05:24 Optimizing Signal Levels
10:47 Will I Damage Anything?
11:53 Effects Pedals Overview
12:52 Time-Based Effects (Delay, Reverb, Granular, etc.)
14:29 Pitch-Based Effects (Pitch/Freq Shifters, Ring Mod, etc.)
18:12 Spectral Effects (Filters, Wahs, etc.)
19:11 Amplitude-Based Effects (Distortion, Fuzz, etc.)
25:08 Expression Pedals + Inputs
34:45 Recap + Summary

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