About My Modular | Tech Talk / by BendingBus

Designed by veteran engineer Paul Schreiber in 1998, the MOTM Analog Modular Synthesizer System is utilitarian, not fancy-looking, and maybe the best synth in the world. Built for pro-studio use, reliable tank-like construction, and just all-around fantastic sounding. These 35 modules are housed in a case by Lamond Design which uses standard studio 19” rack rails mounted horizontally. Powered by a Hinton Instruments busbar system.

The setup uses three MOTM-650 MIDI-CV converters. These three units stacked vertically on the left receive note/gate data from the keyboard and sequencer—which is then voiced and modulated by the synth’s oscillators and filters—and outputted by the three dual-VCAs stacked vertically on the right. The system outputs 6 voices (tracks) to the multi-track recorder. Patching uses Grimm TPR cable for the audio lines (good sound), and Mogami 3080 for the modulation lines (good flexibility).

Musically the system uses pure intonation by the MOTM-650’s ability to adjust the incoming equal temperament MIDI data and output micro-tuned control voltage to the ultra stable MOTM-300 oscillators.

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MOTM Analog Modular Synthesizer, 35-module system

Control Units

  • Maschine Studio [sequencer]

    Komplete Kontrol S49 [keyboard]

  • 650 Four-Channel MIDI-CV Converter, x3

  • 850 CV Pedal Interface

Oscillators, Noise & LFOs

  • 300 Ultra VCO, x4

  • 310 Micro VCO, x2

  • 352 Cloud Terrarium

  • 101 Noise Generator / Sample & Hold

  • 320 LFO

  • 390 Micro Dual LFO


  • 440 Discrete LP Filter, x2

  • 480 CS-80 HP/LP Resonant Filter, x2

  • 485 GX-1 Filter

  • 490 Moog-style Ladder Filter

  • 410 Triple Resonant Filter

Envelopes & VCAs

  • 800 ADSR Envelope Generator, x8

  • 190 Dual VCA, x4


  • 830 Dual-Mode Mixer

  • Cascaded Multiple