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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.

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