Connections with universities, students, scientists and composers

The patches in my books on modular synthesis are concepts. Each patch covers a vision or idea which may be a source of inspiration for composers, scientists, students and educational institutes.
Some examples of how my books have inspired others:  
- Bil Smith, composer: "Roland Kuit, composer, is an iconic pioneer and a Key Innovation Leader in the field of Modular Synthesis. This man is a rare visionary who not only creates inventive soundscapes, but is able to craft evocative aural experiences with every step of his creative output."
- Berweck, S The PhD thesis from Berweck, S. (2013a), Titled: It worked yesterday - On (re-)performing electroacoustic music (PhD). University of Huddersfield, August 2012. 
- Federico Solazzo: composer/arranger: "The opportunity to improve my sound designer skills by studying Sonology with Masters like Kees Tazelaar and Joel Ryan (San Francisco) at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, Den Haag and by meeting the modular synthesis guru Roland Kuit and his book Laboratory of Patching."
- Enrico Cosimi, Teacher Electronic Music at the University of Rome Tor Vergata/Lecturer at Music Conservatory "Santa Cecilia", Rome: "Roland Kuit, who is trained at the Institute of Sonology of Utrecht, is one of the most brilliant, original, innovative programmers currently active on the international scene. With a serious research on the Clavia Nord Modular G2, has created "SoundLab II," a distillation of wisdom with which to guide the synthetic musician in the most complex programming procedures applicable to most of the machines hardware and software currently available on the market."
- Lloyd Barrett,
lecturer Griffith University: "The Laboratory of Patching is the best source of virtual modular patching knowledge there is."


Roland Kuit Illustrated Compendium of Modular Synthesis

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Laboratory of Patching
Illustrated Compendium of Modular Synthesis
2nd edition
Roland Kuit

Interactive Html/PDF e-book
The Clavia NMG2 Demo soft synthesizer

The Big Modular Knowledge Lab with over 1800 meticulously assembled patches. 
Equal parts tutorial, demonstration and resource in modular synthesis, sound design and composition.

Modular synthesis is one of the most important ways to create sound, with potential applications that include real-time interaction, installations, electroacoustic pieces, generative music, glitch, techno, etc.
Laboratory of Patching is the essential reference to this powerful and flexible architectures, offering students and professionals a collection of tutorials and projects.
Laboratory of Patching is the long-awaited guide to the design, architecture, and use of the modular synthesis.
In Part One, the first chapters offer an introduction to the basics, including a friendly tutorial for absolute beginners, providing the reader with skills that can serve as a foundation for further learning. Later chapters cover more advanced topics and particular topics in electronic music.
Part Two provides practical applications and philosophical insights and "under the hood" developer's-eye views of modular synthesis and how to expand this.
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Laboratory of Patching. Illustrated Compendium of Modular Synthesis. Donemus Publishing House of Contemporary Classical Music. 2014, catalogue number - 13662
Roland Kuit Architectures for Philosophers

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SoundLab II
Architectures for Philosophers
3rd edition
Roland Kuit

Interactive Html/PDF e-book

The Clavia NMG2 Demo soft synthesizer included

Building autonomous synthesizers and FX architectures will give one freedom to express thoughts in  patch structures. 
The use of this freedom of sound and composition, I explained in the interactive eBook SoundLab I ©.

New tools to individualism. 
While making these patches I became aware of the fact that there are so many fields, like e.g. astronomy, mathematics, DNA research, IT development and neurotransmitters, with comparable functionality. 
It is in the way these fields are organized that we can recognize patterns. 
What amazes me is the connectivity and parallels, in so many fields finding its way into 
modular sound design now, by cabling these findings into patch architectures. 
It was a challenge and especially fun to bring and connect these fields together. 
A two years daily research captured in meticulously assembled patches.
Certainly it will be a challenge for everybody's creativity in finding new ways in modular sound design.  
This eBook is not for lower level users.
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SoundLab II. Architectures for Philosophers. Donemus Publishing House of Contemporary Classical Music. 2014, catalogue number - 13665

Roland Kuit The Electronic Studio

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SoundLab I
The Electronic Studio
3rd edition
Roland Kuit

Interactive Html/PDF e-book
The Clavia NMG2 Demo soft synthesizer included
  • Learn through examples that illuminate today’s best modular styles and program design techniques.
  • Understand the “rationale behind the rules”: why modular synthesis works as it does.
  • Use the extensive cross-references to help you connect related concepts and insights.
  • Benefit from up-to-date learning aids that emphasize key points, help you to avoid pitfalls, promote good practices,
  •  and reinforce what you’ve learned.

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SoundLab I. The Electronic Studio. Donemus Publishing House of Contemporary Classical Music. 2014, catalogue number - 13664 

Roland Kuit On Off

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To be ON, to be OFF, that's the SWITCH
Roland Kuit

Elegant and complex applications for pattern and sound design
in modular and binary synthesis.

Interactive Html/PDF e-Book.
The Clavia NMG2 Demo soft synthesizer included.

From a two-switch interfaced instrument to creating high-end sequencers.
Pattern design, logic 8-bits words chopping to logic waveshaping.
Audio processing and more..


To be ON - to be OFF, that's the SWITCH. Donemus Publishing House of Contemporary Classical Music. 2014, catalogue number - 13666

Modular Strategies - Roland Kuit

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Modular strategies in shaping reflections and space
Roland Kuit

oncepts of space (re-)defined and shifted for modular synthesis

Reflections are positional essentials in creating space. How space can be thought of as an indispensable element of music, and with the kinds of approaches that emerge when space is
dealt with from the start producing a sound work.

Interactive Html/PDF e-Book.
The Clavia NMG2 Demo soft synthesizer included.

Stereo, pseudo stereo, ambiophonics, phase inversion, sample delay, feedback, delay networks, hybrid forms, reverberation, granular reverberation and delays, delay taps, switchable spaces, shifting frequencies, resonators, building pre-set resonators, delay matrices, building resonator matrixes, Doppler fx, swirls, physical modelling, pseudo Karplus-Strong, phase-lock loop and Karplus-Strong, creating tubes......


Modular strategies in shaping reflections and space. Donemus Publishing House of Contemporary Classical Music.2014, Catalogue number - 13663

These interactive e-book are designed to use with your internet browser (screen width 1243). Start with installing the
NMG2 Demo software, located in the file Clavia software for PC/Mac (Leopard user have to install VMWare, or Parallels and a Windows version
). For OSX Lion: Step 1 Download and install WineBottler. Step 2 – Install. Once installed WineBottler, go where you saved G2 Demo installer, unzip it and double click“ SetupModularG2Demo_V140.exe”. A window will pop up asking what to do with that file. Select “Convert to simple OSX application” and click OK. In the next window, scroll down Winetricks list and check “winxp” option, then click INSTALL. On “Save As” dialog window, name your application as “Nord Modular G2 Demo”, select “Applications” as target folder and click SAVE. Now WineBottler will start to install the software and a new window will pop up with the old beloved windows installer. Go on with installation and, when a window with a directory tree will show just close it and complete G2 Demo installation following screen instructions. Now WineBottler will ask you which file should be started. Select “Modular G2 Demo v1.40.exe” from the list and click OK. Now you will find your packed software under “Applications” in your Finder. Unfortunately, seems that this software won’t work as packed wine application so you will need to do a further step. Go in your “Applications” folder and delete the app you just created (Nord Modular G2 Demo), then go to: /your_user/Library/Application Support/Wine/prefixes. Here you will find a folder named “Nord Modular G2 Demo” with all installed files under: drive_c/Clavia/Modular G2 Demo v1.40. From there just drag the executable file to your “Applications” folder holding CMD+OPTION to create a link and rename it as “Nord Modular G2 Demo”. Open the NMG2Demo and click the dropdown menu Setup. Select the appropriate soundcard and put the sample rate at 96000.
Mac users have to install the browser Opera.

NOTE: Patch architectures can be used for any modular system with the same modules.

 With the NMG2 Demo software you can study everywhere!

Photography: Karin Schomaker             


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