Sometimes called “Additional Programming” or “Synthesizer Sound Design”,  these are various sounds create for use within a Composer’s score instead of common “off the shelf” sounds that everyone has access to.

The Monster Modular Synth!!

The individual modules are sourced from all over the world – ranging from established synthesizer companies to one-man operations that design and build each by hand.   The sonic possibilities of the system are endless, such as a building something from a huge trunk of Lego,  and offers a bespoke sonic edge to a composer’s sound.

Various synthesis methods are available on the system:  Subtractive,  Additive,  FM,  Physical Modelling,  Granular,  and if that’s not enough,   real-world instruments can be integrated and manipulated via microphone or previous recordings.