UC Santa Barbara
Modular Understanding: A Taxonomy and Toolkit for Designing Modularity in Audio Software and Hardware
- Author(s): Hetrick, Michael Lynn Saverio
- Advisor(s): Roads, Curtis
- et al.
Modular synthesis is a continually evolving practice. Currently, an eective
taxonomy for analyzing modular synthesizer design does not exist, which is
a signicant barrier for pedagogy and documentation. In this dissertation,
I will dene new taxonomies for modular control, patching strategies, and
panel design. I will also analyze how these taxonomies can be used to in-
uence the design of musical applications outside of hardware, such as my
company Unltered Audio's software products. Finally, I will present Euro
Reakt, my collection of over 140 module designs for the Reaktor Blocks format
and walk through the design process of each.