This thread is inspired by Lars’s thread on the FB group about issues beginners face regarding the sheer amount of choice offered by the plugin library with currently 2,487 modules and counting… here’s a link to that thread for reference.
Users often want to download all the free plugins because this enables them to open other people’s patches which is one of the best ways to learn, but this can lead to choice overload in the module browser.
Various ideas were put forward as to how the situation might be improved and Omri suggested using the Stoermelder MB plugin which allows sets of favourite modules to be collated. The MB plugin stores these favourites in a json file located at Rack/Stoermelder-P1.json.
So to start things off I have created a favourites list of 250 free modules that equates to 10% of the modules available. This is a much more palatable list to scroll through and can be filtered by tag and developer just the same as the full module list. You can think of it as a browser within the browser. I have selected modules from nearly every tag/category and have tried to cover all the bases.
Clearly this list is very subjective and it is not intended to be a definitive list of the best modules or anything like that - there are many great modules I use regularly that I have not included (my personal favourites list is about 400 modules) but I wanted to limit this to only 10% of the library.
This list is not really aimed at complete beginners - they are probably best served by sticking to VCV modules first to figure out the basics. This is more for people who have a reasonable grasp of the fundamentals and are ready to branch out into 3rd party plugins without being completely overwhelmed.
It should be considered a ‘first-draft’ and could doubtless be better and I would encourage others to chip in on how it might be improved and to compile their own lists of favourites and post them here. We can then see if this is useful or not
To use this favourites list, first make sure you have Stoermelder’s PackOne plugin installed and place the MB Module in your Rack.
Then download the json file below and place it in your Rack folder. If you have already created a list of your own favourites, make sure you make a copy of your Stoermelder-P1.json file and store it somewhere safe first - so you can then revert back to it.
So without further ado…
Stoermelder-P1.json (20.6 KB)
Edit: I think all the modules in this list are free - there’s no quick way to confirm in the browser. If anyone finds any commercial modules in this list please let me know.