Voltage Modular Nucleus is currently free – How to get started…
Let’s investigate Voltage Modular Nucleus – the modular synth plugin that is currently free while the world is on lockdown.
Voltage Modular Nucleus is a watered-down version of the modular synth plugin.
It’s currently free while the world is on lockdown, so let’s look at the basics and how to create some sounds using some of the modules that come in the free package.
There are a couple of limitations with the Nucleus version, however using a combination of some of the basic modules – you can get some great results.
Firstly let’s look at creating randomization, while the software doesn’t have any modules dedicated to this – you can easily create random modulations using a combination of white noise and a sample and hold module.
White noise is essentially just random voltages at a very high frequency – so using the sample and hold to grab a sample of voltage and send it until the next trigger input is received – is creating stepped random modulations.
The output can go through a glide module to obviously add glide between the steps, and you can use a clock signal to make sure that your random modulations are synced to the tempo.
The cool thing about Voltage Modular is that it comes with all the DAW syncing tools already loaded and ready-to-patch.
Load it onto a MIDI/Instrument channel and send it MIDI notes and route that information as you want. You can use gates to trigger a sequencer or sample and hold clock, like above.
The stock oscillators and filters also sound decent, there is a Spring Reverb module and a bunch of other basic stuff like attenuators and VCAs. All-in-all, it’s a pretty capable system for learning the ropes of modular synthesis or making some decent sounds.
Check out today’s tutorial videos for some insights and patch ideas with Voltage Modular Nucleus: