Introducing Serge Modular

February 28, 2008 · Posted in Electronic Music 

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Serge-flavored modular synthesis provides the musician/programmer with an absolutely blank canvas and a huge rainbow palette of colors as opposed to the limited hues of a hardwired synth or even many other modulars. A lot of people seem to use the Serge solely for ambient and experimental music but, can definately be used in the traditional manner as well.

The Serge, like most modulars, is monophonic unless you have enough panels/oscillators to build multiple voicings. The Serge system has only one “native” keyboard – the TKB which is a combination sequencer and capacitance touchplate controller. Maybe I’ll add one in the future but, for now, I’m using a simple MIDI controller keyboard connected to a Kenton Pro-Solo MIDI/CV converter giving me Pitch-CV, Gate and Trigger outs. There are many unusual modules (and many “usual” ones as well) in the Serge system that can create a myriad of effects. So many in fact that they are hard to cover in a simple introduction like this one.

MP3 files from the 1983 Serge Musician’s Tape
Now – The 2nd Millennium” – a new CD put together by Serge Owners!
Now available at CD BABY!
Serge Users and Recordings
Features of the Serge Modular Music System” (1981 Brochure)
Review in “Keyboard” magazine, by Dominic Milano, July 1981
150 dpi module and panel graphics

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