I was exercising one idea with this: Use MindMeld ShapeMaster Pro to generate both volume envelopes and clocks for instances of VCV Seq-3.
All the Shapemaster envelopes are free running, meaning you could replace it with Shapemaster Free.
I like the effect. While nothing is synced, the sequences (and the volume envelopes) repeat predictably. So it has that fragrance of intentionality. At certain points I change the envelope lengths, which upsets the deterministic timing relationship between different voices.
I ended up with … 37?.. modules in each voice, so this would have been pretty painful in Rack1, though I could do the copying with Stoermelder strip.
Stoermelder 8Face is the meta-sequencer. It controls the SEQ-3s, VCV Quantizers, and Shapemaster Pro. A slow clock from Impromptu Clocked steps through the Stoermelder 8Face presets. The live performance is me letting the 8Face run through all the presets until it circles back to the first, which gives it some closure by recapitulating the beginning.
I put the Wires on the master output bus and dialed in a nicely cruddy sound, which Wires is great at. Then I dial the wet dry mix to something like 10% wet where the overt crappiness of the sound is subliminal. It’s there but you don’t really hear it until you bypass it, and then you realize that funky stuff happening down around the noise floor makes it sound more three dimensional, like it was actual sounds recorded in a room.
You could do something similar with a signal chain with things like Squinky Labs Chopper, some filtered white noise and Hetrick Crackle. But Wires is there for you if you buy it, and I highly recommend it.
I uploaded the patch but this is yet another one that probably 3 people on the planet can just load and go. It needs
- ShapeMaster Pro,
- whatever paid package Vult Freak filter is in
- Stoermelder 8Face, which isn’t yet available in the library yet.
- SynthKit Add (also not in library yet)
- AudioThing/Hainbach Wires and Things - Motor
- UAD-2 Fairchild 670 Compressor
2022-01-04-3.vcv (50.3 KB)