In the realm of modular synthesizers, there’s a constant quest for innovation and pushing the boundaries of sonic possibilities.
My journey as a eurorack developer began with my fascination for granular synthesis, a fascination that had been brewing for many years. I had spent countless hours exploring this sonic realm with software tools like Max and Pure Data, both for my own music projects under the moniker “Vectral” and for my sound installations. Yet, I couldn’t shake the feeling that the hardware world lacked something that could match the sonic intricacies I was crafting in my software. Simultaneously, I envisioned the immense possibilities that could unfold by harnessing the power of control voltage (CV) in conjunction with a granular engine.
This idea became the catalyst for what we now know as Miso Modular and for the module “Cornflakes”. I wanted to bridge the gap between the immense creative potential of software and the tactile experience of hardware, all within the context of granular synthesis.
My journey from software to hardware began in the early 2010s. I had started exploring modular synthesizers and was experimenting with microcontrollers to create my own simple modules like sequencers and LFOs. This transition marked a pivotal moment in my evolution as a sound designer and synthesist.
My vision for a granular synthesis module that could rival the capabilities of my software tools continued to evolve. During this crucial phase, I teamed up with Mikkel Pihl, a collaborator I had known from our time at the Danish Institute of Electronic Music (DIEM). Mikkel had pursued further studies in engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), and his expertise in microcontroller-based audio made him the perfect partner for turning our vision into reality.
The planning for Miso Modular’s first granular module began around 2018, and in 2020, we officially founded the company. This period of collaboration and development laid the groundwork for the innovative module “Cornflakes” that Miso Modular would bring to the market in the spring of 2021.