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The new book about modular synths, their makers, and masters. Patching secrets, performance tips, history, modules, and techniques.
The new book about modular synths, their makers, and masters. Patching secrets, performance tips, history, modules, and techniques.
The new book about modular synths, their makers, and masters. Patching secrets, performance tips, history, modules, and techniques.
1,687 backers pledged DKK 815,743 to help bring this project to life.

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PATCH & TWEAK - Exploring Modular Synthesis

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My name is Kim Bjørn – welcome to the PATCH & TWEAK Kickstarter campaign! Following our book PUSH TURN MOVE about electronic music instruments - we are now creating a book about modular synthesizers and how to use them. Check more on our website.

PATCH & TWEAK provides an opportunity for new and experienced users to become true masters of their modular systems by exploring, explaining, and demystifying a range of topics relevant to anyone interested in modular synths or just synthesis itself.

A cornerstone of PATCH & TWEAK is a bouquet of inspirational interviews with significant creators and major artists. Learn about their systems, philosophies, patching secrets, performance tips, and passion for modular synthesis. 

Besides a comprehensive introduction to synthesis and its history, the book covers systematic sections on concepts, purpose and creative possibilities of specific modules. Enjoy colorful diagrams, presentations of both popular and rare modules, semi-modular and software, as well as techniques for patching and how to get started. 

PATCH & TWEAK has a foreword by Suzanne Ciani, is written by Kim Bjørn and Chris Meyer, and edited by Paul Nagle. So what exactly is PATCH & TWEAK? Watch the video, take the tour below, and please support the book by selecting a reward if you like the idea.

NB: The rewards got updated during the campaign. Please check the table below to get all specific information about each reward.

Kim Bjørn, Copenhagen, May 2018

About the book

Meet the makers, and artists 

Apart from systematic sections and general subjects PATCH & TWEAK features interviews with the passionate makers of modules and systems, and the artists who use them, and influence them. We have already started interviewing - and when more artists are confirmed, we will keep you updated!

Interviews with modular artists
Caterina Barbieri, Ian Boddy, Russell E. L. Butler, Richard Devine, Hataken, Bana Haffar , Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL , Andrew Huang , Lady Starlight , NODE , Robert Rich , Robin Rimbaud / Scanner , Hans Zimmer , and many more - check our website to stay tuned.

Interviews with creators and brands in the modular world
Modular creators and brands, which are particularly evident to the scene, are featured in specific interviews, including Verbos Electronics, Frap Tools, Mutable Instruments, WMD, Make Noise Music, Intellijel, Endorphin.es, 4ms Company, Noise Engineering, Rossum Electro-Music, Erica Synths, and Music Thing Modular. Others including Doepfer, Buchla, Serge, Moog, Synthesizers.com and many more will also be featured.

Rewards

*Prices are approximate. They depend on the currency conversion at the time of your pledge.

Overall chapters and structure 

  • Foreword by electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani 
  • Introduction to Modular Synthesis (Harmonics, Voltage Control, etc.)
  • Formats and history (timeline and stories on the beginnings, 5U, Moog, Serge, Eurorack, Buchla, etc.)
  • Starting Points (software, semi-modular, systems, etc.)
  • Interfacing With Modular (audio in/out, MIDI, computer integration, etc.)
  • Sound Sources (VCOs, Percussion Synthesis, Sampling, etc.)
  • Sound Modifiers (VCFs, Waveshapers, VCAs & LPGs, Mixers & Attenuators, Effects)
  • Envelopes & Modulators (Envelope Generators, LFOs, Random Sources, CV Recorders)
  • Essential Utilities (Voltage Processors, Signal Routing, Multifunction Modules)
  • Notes, Clock, and Triggers (Clock Generation, Sequencers, Rythm Pattern Generators, Logic Modules, Touch Controllers)
  • Index, Glossary, Resources

More about the rewards

 Free sounds from Sounds.com for your modular

We have teamed up with Sounds.com who provides a one month Pro subscription to the Kickstarter Special edition ($10 value) and a three month Pro subscription to the Sound, Slipcase, Explorer, and Signature editions of PATCH & TWEAK - $30 value! There is a world of sounds out there to be explored - and feed right into your modular system. Sounds.com - The daily source for loops and samples, powered by Native Instruments.

Exclusive slipcase and dustjacket protecting you book

On popular request, we've added a Polysoft matte see-through Slipcase and full-color dustjacket/poster (with two-sided print) to the Slipcase, Explorer, and Signature editions.

Discounted or FREE LearningModular.com online courses

Starting from the PATCH & TWEAK Kickstarter Special Edition backers get discounts on courses from LearningModular.com. With the Explorer Edition you get the course "Learning Modular Synthesis: The Comprehensive Starter Course" from Chris Meyer for FREE ($35 value). With the Signature Edition backers get the "Learning Modular Synthesis: Eurorack Expansion" course from Chris Meyer for FREE. ($55 value!)

What's that about the 4HP Blank panels?

Well, if you have a Eurorack system, there might be an empty spot until you get your next module - we got you covered with a sweet and cool-looking PATCH & TWEAK panel covering 4hp of space. 

Examples from the book

Facts 

Approx. 368 pages in full color. Hardcover. Dimensions: 24.5 x 24.5 cm (9.6 x 9.6 inches). Printed in Denmark on 130g acid-free quality paper.

Check more on our website.

Timeline

Team

PATCH & TWEAK is written by Kim Bjørn and Chris Meyer. The book is edited by Paul Nagle, reviewer at Sound on Sound Magazine, and the whole project is kept together and on track by Brand Manager Lars Juhl.

Risks and challenges

As an author and designer, I have written and designed more than a handful of books before, so I know the process and what to do. All files involved in production are backed up regularly to two different hardware locations and one cloud service.

More than a third of the book is already done, written and designed.

The experienced editor Paul Nagle, reviewer from Sound on Sound Magazine (UK), will do editing during June and July while I do photo-editing and corrections.

The printing will be done in a reputable printing facility in Denmark, which is specialised in book printing. They have printed some of my books before, and that's why I chose them: They are easy to communicate with and delivers outstanding quality. I have already had an extensive communication with them and booked the printing to be done from 6th of August.

The fulfillment is done by professional companies, who handle our usual shipping. They will be responsible for sending most of the books out.

For the record: The book is completely commercial-free, content is selected by relevance to the overall purpose of the book. We are in close contact with the artists, makers, and designers contributing to this book and they trust us in our aim to deliver the best.

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