One Synth Challenge #149: VeeSeeVSTRack (liqih Wins!)

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KVRer
8 posts since 26 Aug, 2020

Post Sun Jul 25, 2021 12:21 pm

Great! Will post submission soon then!

KVRer
8 posts since 26 Aug, 2020

Post Sun Jul 25, 2021 1:39 pm

My final submission(unless I freak out and decide to add bells and whistles and proper mixing to this bag of glitches)

https://soundcloud.com/miaulement/miau- ... llenge-149

5 instances of VeeSeeVST in Bitwig (kick, snare, glitchy bass, glitchy lead, miau)
Devices used: https://imgur.com/a/7ZR90ja

Bitwig effects used: drum machine, note pitch shifter, arpeggiator, eq-5, compressor, tool, dynamics(for sidechain business), mid-side split, peak limiter(these two are on master). also used random modulator to modulate macro oscillator model since it doesn't have cv input for it.

3rd party: OTT, Ozone Imager 2(on master)

Was going to work more on it, but at some point realized that it already sounds so perfect in its rawness and sketchiness! Mixing done by cranking up the stock limiter and I love how it sounds lol :) To me it sounds like something from an actual modular performance. A bit harsh and out of place at times, but whatever, I like it. The thing I think definitely would improve the track is maybe some techno-y tatatatata sounds fading in and out at some moments. But whatever, this is a lesson for me that sometimes it's better to stop earlier than later :)

KVRer
23 posts since 1 Mar, 2021

Post Mon Jul 26, 2021 5:38 am

My submission.

https://soundcloud.com/treeheated/airflow

I'm on Windows, but like some others, I was interested in using the standalone version of VCV. Partly because of the polyphonic cables in Version 1. But also, there's this whole side of electronic music I have no clue about, and I should try to learn what it is. So I made my track without using a DAW at all. I incorporated generative features in various ways. The videos of Omri Cohen have been indispensable.

This month been an intensely educational experience that will permanently affect the way I think about composing. That said, I have some misgivings about how hard this modular stuff is. Eventually reached the limit of both my CPU and my brain. So it's time to call it a day, although I would have liked to add some more musical complexity.

Edit: I used a lot of modules. Credits file (produced by chowDSP Credit) attached, zipped because the forum doesn't let me upload a text file.
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KVRist
484 posts since 19 Jan, 2011 from Texas

Post Mon Jul 26, 2021 7:03 am

miau wrote:
Sun Jul 25, 2021 10:12 am
Hey, what you think about using bitwig's random modulator in this month challenge? It's not in audio range, so it's not against the rules, I'm using it as the simplest sample and hold triggered by every note. The thing is, I started the track putting it on macro oscillator's model knob, intending to replace it later with some vcv sample and hold device, it was just much more quicker to start this way than to search for proper vcv device, routing and stuff. And then I realized that macro oscillator doesn't have cv input for its model :( Macro oscillator 2 has it, but it has different set of sounds, and at that moment the track already was built around the sounds of macro oscillator(aka braids). What do you think? I can replace random modulator with automation, but I think in this month challenge it's much more in the spirit of the synth to leave it at random than to write bunch of semi-random automation. The track is kinda finished, just wanted to be clear and ask for your opinions on that.
I don't have a problem with it. I think we're all doing creative work-arounds this month...

DASH Guy
7693 posts since 20 Sep, 2001

Post Mon Jul 26, 2021 9:39 am

This is my entry titled "Evening Drops", a scaring amount of hours
went into programming this thing, but I enjoyed it very much, trying to emulate
an ever-changing live performance. The main difficulty was to program random variations
that were subtle but audible
and without a machine-like randomness feel, to preserve the beat swing.

All sounds are generated using only the VCV Resonator module,
except the flute that also uses VCO-1 to drive the Resonator for
sustain.

As modulators my VCV patches use
+ Random Sampler (for VST Clock sampling)
+ LLFO BGA,
+ Slew Limiter
+ Mixer 4CH
and Valley Plateau as reverb effect.

https://soundcloud.com/liqih/liqih-evening-drops

11 VeeSeeVSTRack synths
+ various Albeton Live Reverbs Compressors Delays EQs Limiters
http://nusofting.com
NUSofting : Peti Modelonia Sinnah

KVRAF
1722 posts since 7 Mar, 2014

Post Mon Jul 26, 2021 1:45 pm

Here's DoctorBob's entry. I used 41 racks of VeeSeeVST in Reaper with about 20% cpu hit on my machine. All racks programmed from scratch. 17 racks for percussion alone!

Like everyone else, I could tweak and patch forever, but I will be out of action sight-wise for the next few days, so I had better get this in. Hope you enjoy this little composition.

DAW Reaper

Track Details
VeeSeeVST (41 racks)
ReaEQ
OTT
Oril River
Valhalla Supermassive

Master
TDR VOS SlickEQ
Ferric TDS
Voxengo MSED
Limiter No. 6

Meter
Span
Youlean Loudness Meter

Stats
LUFS: 13.2
DR: 7

https://soundcloud.com/doctorbob/doctor ... st-osc-149

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KVRist
88 posts since 27 Oct, 2020

Post Mon Jul 26, 2021 5:45 pm

Hi all here's my submission for this month. Really enjoyed creating patches in vcv rack, it's like a gold mine for creativity, I will definitely be using it for inspiration in future.

Mixed in Ableton Live 11 Suite.

28 instances of VCV rack:-
Intro - Winds, rain & storm (1) Thunder rumbles (1), Windscreen wipers (1) .
Drums (11) 2 x Kick layers, 2 x Tom layers, 2 x Snare layers, 2 x Hi hat patches, 1 x offbeat clap patch, 1 x Foley, 1 x Side snares,
intro synth chirping delay (1),
HP Filtered Bass Guitar (1),
Mono Bass / Lead (3),
Poly Pad sound (1),
Chords stabs (1),
Strings (1)
Bells (1),
Musical Drain Pipes (1),
Sawtooth Env & Pluck (1),
Chance / STS Odyssey patch (1),
Ions / Comb FIlter Lead during breakdowns (1),
Terrorforms Loopy Glitch sounds (1),
Plaits Morph patch (1)

Native FX:-
Auto-filter, Auto-pan, Beat Repeat, Compressor, Drum Buss, Echo, EQ8, Glue Compressor, Limiter, Multiband Compressor, Hybrid Reverb, Redux, Saturator

3rd party effects:-
Freeclip, Valhalla Supermassive, Zeeks STFU, Wags Limiter, Wider, Saturation Knob, Eplex 7 Distortion, kHs Distortion.

Mastering
Chow Tape, TDR VOS Slick EQ, TDR Nova, LoudMax 64, Youlean loudness.

-10 LUFS

https://soundcloud.com/milksterx/ks-groove

KVRer
25 posts since 30 May, 2021

Post Tue Jul 27, 2021 6:18 am

doctorbob wrote:
Mon Jul 26, 2021 1:45 pm
Here's DoctorBob's entry. I used 41 racks of VeeSeeVST in Reaper with about 20% cpu hit on my machine.
I am struggling to hit 5 instances without having to freeze stuff :bang:

KVRist
36 posts since 16 May, 2021

Post Tue Jul 27, 2021 7:43 am

Here's my submission for this month. https://soundcloud.com/thefrozen-sea/no-mirror-no-frame

It was a tough month indeed. I'm not sure of course but I think the song would have improved with more time, planning, practice and patience. But here we are, I still had fun, learned a lot along the way and enjoy listening to the recording. Also I have some better ideas if I want to expand my hardware modular into a generative instrument, mainly it will require quite a lot more modules than I hoped...

Anyway: The entire song recorded in one take using VCV Rack. Main modules used are 4x Audible Instruments "Tides" oscillators, 2x Befaco "Rampage" function generators, 2x VCV 8-step sequencers, 2x Audible Instruments "Branches", 1x Nysthi "Plateverb" reverb... and so on.

The performance aspect of the patch is mainly made up of changing the "probability" parametres of the "Branches" modules, which determines the length of the notes (i.e. the speed of the clock), as well as mixing the four oscillators which are tuned to octaves, major third and sixth respectively. Also the "freeze" button on the Plateverb is engaged from time to time.

Mastered in Cubase using stock plugins:
Frequency
Compressor
Limiter

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KVRist
484 posts since 19 Jan, 2011 from Texas

Post Tue Jul 27, 2021 8:42 am

Oh, hey, I also made another thing that is NOT an entry. It's just the result of me messing with Omri's Ambient Patch tutorial.
https://soundcloud.com/gorgorgathgorgorgor/thanks-omri
https://youtu.be/z9bZvDy2YnA Enjoy!

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KVRist
32 posts since 29 Aug, 2020

Post Wed Jul 28, 2021 1:30 am

Hello there, here's my submission:

https://soundcloud.com/mylofymusic/very-calm-vibes

Time was very limited, but I always wanted to try VCV.... was not disappointed! I barely scratched the surface of possibilities though, more scratching surely will follow, especially I'd like to explore the standalone version more. Thanks to the modular design of audio in linux it's quite simple to use external sequencers / DAWs for feeding to and collecting from VCV. Only limit is the DSP, which can be reached quickly :(

-DAW: Ardour 6.8 on ArchLinux
-18x VeeSeeVST wrapped in Carla to help with the automation
-Some light eq (10x LSP parametric stereo EQ)
-Ardour side chain compressor on the bass to make room for the kick
-ZaMulitCompX2/x42-dpl on the drum bus

Master bus:
-LSP parametric EQ (stereo and mid/side)
-LSP stereo compressor
-x42-dpl Limiter

Cheers and good luck everybody!

KVRist
164 posts since 4 Jul, 2018 from the nest

Post Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:03 pm

It's been 3 years since my first OSC entry. I've wanted to make a 1-bit* piece of music for about 2.5 of those years. I finally did.
https://soundcloud.com/anotherbenjamin/pasigraphic

I sequenced and recorded this entirely within VCV Rack (standalone).
It's somewhat amusing, taking a piece of software that's emulating an analog system, and making something as digital as possible.

Want to know how it works? here's the patch.
Leonard Bowman - Pasigraphic.zip
In short, I use a manual button to start recording and begin the sequence, and let the sequencer send a stop signal to my recorder when it's done.

My computer can't keep up with the live performance anymore, but the recorder doesn't mind.
For your experimenting pleasure, I have also included an earlier version of the file with less layers of sequencing that doesn't slow my computer to a crawl.

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*1 bit per stereo channel. Channel phasing means this song wasn't built for mono listening. enjoy both bits whenever possible.


EDIT: I've dropped the loudness of my track by 12 dB and re-uploaded. now it's only at -13.2 LUFS rather than the original, glorious -1.2 LUFS. should be slightly less abrasive now.
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Last edited by Leonard Bowman on Sat Jul 31, 2021 8:14 am, edited 1 time in total.
Just my 2^(2/1200)

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KVRist
484 posts since 19 Jan, 2011 from Texas

Post Sat Jul 31, 2021 5:34 am

Leonard Bowman wrote:
Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:03 pm
It's been 3 years since my first OSC entry. I've wanted to make a 1-bit* piece of music for about 2.5 of those years. I finally did.
https://soundcloud.com/anotherbenjamin/pasigraphic

I sequenced and recorded this entirely within VCV Rack (standalone).
It's somewhat amusing, taking a piece of software that's emulating an analog system, and making something as digital as possible.

Want to know how it works? here's the patch.
Leonard Bowman - Pasigraphic.zip
In short, I use a manual button to start recording and begin the sequence, and let the sequencer send a stop signal to my recorder when it's done.

My computer can't keep up with the live performance anymore, but the recorder doesn't mind.
For your experimenting pleasure, I have also included an earlier version of the file with less layers of sequencing that doesn't slow my computer to a crawl.

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*1 bit per stereo channel. Channel phasing means this song wasn't built for mono listening. enjoy both bits whenever possible.
I applaud everything about this entry, it's spirit, it's uniqueness. I love that you've given us a view into it's construction.
I hate it. It fills me with immediate revulsion. If this was the goal, I applaud you once again for your unmitigated success. I've never been so torn between admiration and disgust. I know I was meant to hear it, but once. Just once, and never again.
I hope my unsolicited review doesn't color the judging of our compatriots, because believe, I'm bestowing points, oh yes. points for creativity. points for inspiration. points for pulling something out of this synth that it was never intended to do! POINTS FOR AUDACITY! so yeah. I'm totally giving this four points. it would be five, but I hate it.

KVRist
86 posts since 14 Sep, 2020

Post Sat Jul 31, 2021 7:21 am

Leonard Bowman wrote:
Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:03 pm
It's been 3 years since my first OSC entry. I've wanted to make a 1-bit* piece of music for about 2.5 of those years. I finally did.
https://soundcloud.com/anotherbenjamin/pasigraphic
interesting work, kinda like it. shouldn´t have sold my c128. :borg:

KVRist
44 posts since 30 Dec, 2020

Post Sat Jul 31, 2021 7:34 am

a mostly generative patch. the manual input i ended up having was to start/stop the clock and to control the portland weather mix with a mod wheel (which is what creates the rhythmic b section), and to reverse its delay with the pitch wheel (which i'm not convinced really improves anything but it was too neat to not do).

quantized to a subset of 29ed2 with some justly intonated pitch shifting, as happens when you modulate a tempo synced delay that shifts by simple intervals.

https://soundcloud.com/mikaela-groendah ... rious-eyes

modules used
vcv: midi-cv, lfo-1, mixer, audio-8, recorder, 8vert, scope
audible instruments: bernoulli gate, random sampler, resonator, modal synthesizer
bogaudio: mix8, eq, analyzer
impromptu: clocked
vult: trummor2
frozen wasteland: portland weather
alright devices: chronoblob2 (aka "corona blob" as youtube helpfully likes to subtitle it)
nysthi: poly equal division quantizer (chained to create subsets)
geodesics: energy
valley: plateau
stoermelder: me, mb

recorded from a single instance of vcv rack standalone directly to .wav (technically dawless?).

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