I started using VCV Rack after doing a lot of research into Eurorack hardware and coming to the realization that I couldn’t afford enough of it to really start making music the way I wanted to. However, as time goes on I may want to start building a hardware rack as well. I’d like to start with modules that can complement what I’m already doing in VCV Rack.
My first question is what the best way would be to get hardware output into VCV Rack—my guess would be through some kind of CV-to-MIDI utility module, but specific recommendations are welcome. (I have tried getting external audio from a 3.5mm cable in via a USB sound card and that works alright.)
My bigger question is just what sorts of hardware modules would really add something to VCV Rack that you can’t quite do with the software alone. My first thought is contact microphones like Mutable Music Things Ears and maybe unusual controllers like Intellijel Planar 2, for example. Maybe an authentic spring reverb?