2020

MMS

mini modular synthesizers

MMS

Project information

6 month master degree project as part of the Master of Industrial design program at Lund University.

What I learned

  • The opportunities and challenges of working with the COVID-19 pandemic

  • How innovative people work during these circumstances.

  • The challenges behind designing from home

WHAT IS A MODULAR SYNTHESIZER?

Modular synthesizer is an electronic musical instrument that consists of a multitude of different components (modules) that are used and combined to create electronic sounds. The individual modules are connected via cables (patch cables), switches, sliders and patch panels. In this way, a large number of connection options and permutations are possible. It is important to know that the parameters of analog synthesizer modules can be controlled by Control Voltage (CV). The basic point of modular synths is that you decide everything. The modules are the discrete parts that you choose and arrange according to your own tastes: filters, oscillators, mixers, ring modulators, envelopes etc.

2020 / Lund University

MMS is a set of analogue mini modular synthesizers that introduce the technology of modular synthesis from interested beginners to advanced semi / professional users.

A mini synthesizer that can be broken down into its components which are called mini-modules. Each module has a specific function and connects together with magnets or patch cables using the inputs and outputs. MMS can be everything you desire it to be, by choosing the modules and arrange them according to your own taste and style. At the same time, it offers endless combinations and lets the user explore a variety of sounds.

CASES

KNOBS

PATCH

CABLES

CASES

KNOBS

PATCH

CABLES

Needs to be more clear and attractive.

Often too small and close together. Horrible in terms of physical control. Everything too small and close together

Important to introduce interesting new concepts

Sketching

Brief  - "Create set ups that introduce the analogue modular synthesis from interested beginners to advanced / semi professional users"

Sketching

2

My desire and motivation to work around music

1

My interest in learning more about the connection between a product and a user

INTRODUCTION

This project builds upon two keystones

THAT IS THE REASON I CHOOSE TO WORK WITH MODULAR SYNTHESIZERS

problems

with their design

and their availability to newcomers

Needs to be more clear and attractive.

Often too small and close together. Horrible in terms of physical control. Everything too small and close together

Important to introduce interesting new concepts

THE BEST POSITION FOR MY MODULES

RECTANGULAR
LINEAR
HANGING

How to start with modular synthesis?

Categorize the modules for each user

For Beginners

Power

Oscillator

Sequencer

Envelope

Speaker

For medium users

 Power
x2 Oscillator
 Sequencer
Envelope
Filter
Mixer

 Speaker

For advanced / semi-professional users

Power
x3 Oscillator
Midi

Sequencer
Envelope
Filter
Delay
Mixer
CV
Speaker

Transfering the signal flow

From patch cables to magnets

The Modules

Prototyping

Labeling

3D Printing & Testing the knobs

MMS

analogue mini modular

synthesizers

by Georgios Athanassoulis

MMS

analogue mini modular

synthesizers

by Georgios Athanassoulis

FINAL CONCEPT

FOR BEGINNERS

Power / Oscillator / Sequencer / Envelope / Speaker

FOR BEGINNERS

Power / Oscillator / Sequencer / Envelope / Speaker

FOR MEDIUM USERS

PC / Power / 2x Oscillators / Midi / Sequencer / Envelope / Filter / Delay / Mixer / Speaker

FOR MEDIUM USERS

PC / Power / 2x Oscillators / Midi / Sequencer / Envelope / Filter / Delay / Mixer / Speaker

FOR ADVANCED USERS

PC / Midi Keyboard / Power / 2x Oscillators / Midi / Sequencer / Envelope / Filter / Delay / Mixer / Speaker

FOR ADVANCED USERS

PC / Midi Keyboard / Power / 2x Oscillators / Midi / Sequencer / Envelope / Filter / Delay / Mixer / Speaker

FOR SEMI PROFESSIONAL USERS

PC / Midi Keyboard / Modular Synthesizer / Power / 3x Oscillators / Midi / Sequencer / Envelope / Filter / Delay / x2 Mixer / x2 CV / Speaker

FOR SEMI PROFESSIONAL USERS

PC / Midi Keyboard / Modular Synthesizer / Power / 3x Oscillators / Midi / Sequencer / Envelope / Filter / Delay / x2 Mixer / x2 CV / Speaker