From Beginner to Advanced
Learn how to take full advantage of one of the most versatile electronic instruments, from the basics of modular synthesizers moving up to large modulars and the advanced skills Colin uses in his sets.
Explore your creative potential
Get exclusive access to his new modular setup and discover everything you can do with modular synthesizers: adding envelopes, bringing in LFOs and noise, stacking VCAs, creating drum sounds from scratch, or embracing spontaneity in your live performances.
Emulate his setup with software
Download the free virtual modular synthesis environment VCV Rack, emulate his analog setup, pick up his tricks and techniques, and follow every step he takes to replicate his patch.
Download his template, follow every step and get inspired by the limitless creative potential of modular synthesis
VCV Rack template
Download Colin Benders’ VCV Rack template and start jamming with his patches. With the VCV Rack, a software Eurorack modular you can use for free, you’ll be able to emulate his analog setup, pick up every trick and technique he explains in the Masterclass, and get the flow going.
VCV Rack is one of the best alternatives to buying physical modules immediately to learn modular synthesis. It’s an emulation of modular synthesizers that works like in real-life, where patches are made by adding modules and connecting them with patch cords. It’s available completely free for Windows, macOs and Linux.
Colin Benders is a high-wired artistic spirit, a mind drilled to compose as swiftly as he creates. Over the past seven years, Benders honed an instrument that can fully harness this unique gift for conducting an abundance of sonic elements: the modular synth. From polyphonic, harmony-based pieces to resounding techno sprawls, Benders lives to make music for the here and now, and in turn, unshackle himself from the type of rigid recording-and-live performance cycle many musicians find themselves stuck in.
Even before touching his first modular synth module, Benders managed to push the possibilities of live music to its utmost limits. His Kyteman Orchestra received myriad accolades, as a velocity of ideas manifested through live performance in unprecedented ways. Over the past few years, Benders has been invited to perform at established festivals and clubs, including Awakenings, Dekmantel, Le Guess Who?, Amsterdam Dance Event and Berghain.
Career & Experience
01 – My First Contact with Music
02 – Becoming Colin Benders
Introduction to Modular Synthesis
03 – Basic Concepts
04 – Patching a Voice
05 – Modular Synthesis using VCV Rack
06 – Exploring patches with VCV Rack
Drums & Percussion
07 – Introduction to Modular Drum Machines
08 – Complex Drum Sounds and Rhythms
Modular Building Blocks
09 – Mixers and Multiples
10 – Aux Sends
11 – Sidechain Compression
12 – Making Arpeggios & Melodies without a Sequencer
13 – Making your own Drum Sounds
14 – Making a Snare from Scratch
15 – Making a Hi-hat from Scratch
16 – Sequential Switches
17 – Sequencing Effects
18 – Designing Dynamic Lead Voices
Creating your first Jam Setup
19 – Starting your First Jam setup
20 – Basic Setup
21 – Advanced setup
22 – Playing and Jamming
Setting up my Patch
23 – Setting up my Personal Jam Patch
24 – Using Personalized Modules
25 – Patching in more Voices and Bringing in Drums
26 – Patching in Effects
27 – Live Jam Session
28 – Jamming Theory
29 – How to Build Tension (Techno Jam Session)
30 – Explaining the Jam
Bringing Modulars to your DAW
31 – MIDI to CV
32 – Multitrack recording
33 – Conclusion