Patchable 0020


It has been over a year since our first Patcahable 0001 – 3 Module Challenge. There have been so many fantastic submissions showing a huge range of expression and creativity from our community. Maybe you saw a Patchable that interested you, but did not have the time to join in.  Maybe you saw one but did not have a module needed or a solid grasp on the technique required. Maybe you learned something from a past Patchable and want to do a new version. Regardless of circumstance, now is your chance to go back and Repatch.

For the month of November, we want to revisit our past challenges by asking you to select a Patchable from the past. Peruse the wide variety of challenges from sound design, synthesis techniques, music theory and module deep dives. Feel free to listen to previous submissions for inspiration or just for fun. All previous Patchable challenges are listed at the bottom of this page for convenience.


Select and execute a Patchable from the past. 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-0020 in the track title and the number of the patchable you chose. A completed track title would look like this: Spiral Vortex PATCHABLE-0020-0009
  3. Upload your track to soundcloud by end of day, November 30th.
  4. Include a link to your track and patch notes in the comments below.


Saturday, Nov 28th is the next Patchable Performers live show.  If you would like to play that show please do not post your patchable until after the event.  Instead contact @saddleuptherobots or @vcloki on Discord to apply for a time slot.


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6 thoughts on “Patchable 0020”

  1. I will be running the gauntlet and doing as many of these as I can until November 30th. This is for Patchable 0001, doing the 3 module challenge, using Make Noise Maths, Erbeverb as an “oscillator”, and an Intellijel Quadrax. All funcations are set to various styles of LFOs. The primary rhythms are coming from the different speeds between the two channels of Maths, one assigned to input, and one assigned predelay. Quadrax is controlling size, decay time, tilt, and depth parameters. This patch is very “off the grid.” Enjoy!

  2. This is just a snippet of an idea for patchable 0020. The repatch I picked was #002 Underwater Evolution.

    I took a bunch of sounds from the deep ocean that a scientist recorded (tube worms, air vents, fish, etc) edited them into a morphagene reel and used a MakeNoise 0-Ctrl to sequence it and control the tape speed, gene size and slide. I fed the output into the mimeophone. 

    the melodic voice is DPO -> QPAS sequenced by Rene. with more time I would like to make the morphogene sequence more rhythmic vs atmospheric and to develop the melodic part more.

  3. Shadow Drums prepared for the New York Modular Society Patchable Challenge for November 2020.

    This patch evolved from pitter patter of rain to thunderboomers to fireworks and settled on Re:Drum Machine, all with the same three modules. It is a sketch I used to develop the idea of using an LFO-wavefolder combination to derive rhythm. Not something that would support a twenty minute live performance by itself, but a useful tool nonetheless.

    The three modules used to create a drum machine without any drum modules (or sequencers!) are connected as follows:
    1. AI Synthesis Ai003 Looping ADSR output feeds Synthrotek FOLD wave folder waveform input.
    2. FOLD waveform output is multed to audio input and delay CV input of Frequency Central Stasis Leak time-based effects unit.
    3. Stasis Leak is set to Reverb mode. Its output is recorded directly in stereo.
    Three modules, none of them drums, are doing kick, snare and tuned percussion, gnarled up real good. And I built them all from DIY kits.

  4. I would like to thank @saddleuptherobots, and @forestine for help and encouragement in getting involved with NYMC and @dysonant for taking time out of his great busy-ness to sort through the one hundred or so daily spam member registration requests to hunt down mine.

  5. Performed live during Patchable Performers.

    I started out thinking about household noises and was thinking about busy signals and dialtones, so first I made this in the Werkstatt:

    • Frequency all the way down
    • Medium-fast triangle LFO
    • LFO affecting PWM and filter
    • Slow LFO from Pam’s into VCF CV-In
    • Slow LFO from Pam’s into VCA-In

    Some chugging:

    • VCO Out from Werkstatt into CV In of SEM filter. Brown noise from Zlob Entropy into SEM Audio In. LP/HP Out into Tangle Quartet. Slow LFO from Pamela’s New Workout into Mutes and then into VCA.

    Thinking about humming appliances, decided to make an electrical sound:

    • Slow LFO From Pam’s into Fragments CV
    • Fragments into B/P CV
    • Blade into Tangle Quartet. Slow LFO from Pam’s into Mutes and then into VCA.
    • Saw from Primary Oscillator into Grandmother High Pass FIlter. Output into Grandmother Mult, mixed with white noise from Entropy. Mult into Grandmother Noise-In

    Started trying to make a fridge but ended up with a train when I combined this with the next section. I figured, might as well embrace it being a train. That was an everyday sound growing up for me:

    • Inverted EG from Erica VC EG into grandmother Modulation Rate-In. LFO Set to slow-ish sine with some filter cutoff amount.
    • Osc 1 at 32′ triangle wave
    • Osc 2 at 8′ triangle, detuned
    • Sustain out from Erica VC EG into Grandmother Filter Cutoff In
    • Slow LFO from Pam’s into Grandmother VCA AMT IN
    • Slow ramp up of Sample and Hold delay on Grand Canyon throughout patch

    Train whistleish:

    • BP out from SEM Into Monsoon In. Monsoon is in Resonestor mode.
    • Slow low-level wave from Pam’s into Wet/Dry
    • Slow wave from Pam’s into Grandmother attenuverter to invert it, into Monsoon Feedback
    • Unipolar LFO from Clep Diaz into Monsoon Size (this changes the “note” of the train sound)
    • Left Monsoon output into Spring Reverb In of Grandmother, right output into my mixer

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