Here is an example of how a monophonic modular synthesizer can be used polyphonically. Nothing groundbreaking of course and not really polyphonic, but as I am quite unhappy about most polyphonic synthesizers I gave it a try with the COTK MODEL 15. It was not as easy to achieve as I thought, however the result was much better than expected.
The patched sound I used consisted of two oscillators. However, volume of the second was only set to a bit less than 5, whereas Oscillator #1’s volume was close to 10. The filter was controlled and opened by the ADSR after some seconds. So I needed at least a certain length per sample. As the M15 went directly into sampler there was no need for stereo files which opened another door which I will cover later. The length per sample was about 14-15s and no, looping was not an option. These days are fortunately over.
My good old AKAI MPC4000 did the sampling job whereas the DAW was used as metronome. The sample recording process was triggered by the threshold of the signal and the metronome helped me to get a feeling for the length of the developing sound. I decided to play each note 5 bars long and then release the note for another. Not the most precise method, but a pragmatic approach.
Once all samples were recorded the real work started as I forgot how to create a keygroup. This is due to the way how I usually use the MPC. Once I got them all done I tried to copy something I always liked about Oberheim synthesizers, I spread the keygroups over the stereo field. But enough said, not it is time to let you listen to the sound: