Patchable 0018


September brings the transition from Summer to Fall reminding us of the world outdoors.  We’ve spent the bulk of our time indoors for over six months and let’s face it, we all need the soul soothing nature offers. This months Patchable encourages you to draw inspiration from nature.

Patch the sound of a chirping bird in a nearby tree or wind blowing through leaves and chimes.  Create the sound of waves crashing on the shore or footsteps in wet sand. Go underwater to design the sounds of whalesong and bubbles escaping sea anenome.  Generate the sound of a field of locust or a swarm of bees.  The options are nearly endless but the choice is yours.


You are free to write an entire song or simply create a single sound. Your submission can be structured or unstructured.  You simply must use a modular synth in your submission and nature as inspiration for your patch.



  1. Create an original piece of music. It does not have to be a complete track. Ideas are welcome.
  2. Include the suffix PATCHABLE-0018 in the track title.  A completed track title would look like this: Spiral Vortex PATCHABLE-0018
  3. Upload your track to soundcloud by end of day, September 30th.
  4. Include a link to your track and patch notes in the comments below.

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forestine I thought about making something more musical, but decided to try making one of those storms we get in the Canadian Prairies where the thunder rattles the windows. I had to record this as five tracks, unpatching each time: Muddy boots – Primary Oscillator Timbre Wave into SEM Filter. Release from Erica VC EG into CV 1. I may not have clocked the envelope for this. A mangled triangle wave from Pamela’s New Workout into PWM of Grandmother’s Oscillator 1 set to Pulse Wave. Osc 1 Wave Out finally into CV 2 of SEM. SEM into Tangle Quartet and… Read more »

Ethan James Startzman I created the sounds of wind whistling through caves, with some water dripping, and the sound of the ocean outside in the distance. Patch Notes: Stream 1: Frap Tools Sapèl white noise to Behringer 914 filter to Monsoon (Clouds clone).  Stream 2: Sapèl brown noise to Make Noise Erbeverb. Towards the end, I move the reverb output to the X-Pan for more movement. Stream 3: Random Source Serge NTO to Serge VQVCF to Optomix to Echophon to X-Pan. Gates are controlled via random gate output from Stillson Hammer. Sapèl 1/12th volt output to pitch of NTO. Sapèl fluctuating voltage to Feedback CV… Read more »