I’ve been browsing the forum for a little while, and I’m actually a bit surprised by how many people use VCV as as DAW, and not in conjunction with one. I see that there is some excitement about technologies coming (soon?) that’ll make it easier to integrate a traditional DAW with VCV (such as VST plugins), but it seems like a lot of people don’t use one with their VCV patches.
I do, and I guess that’s why I find it a bit surprising. With my workflow I’ll do what I like to call “sketches” – quick, DAW-less VCV patches, (aspirationally the kind of thing that one could whip out in a day) – but when I come up with something that I want to explore further I bring the DAW into it. I’ll use VCV to generate the sounds, but all the mixing/mastering kinds of things (which as compression, equalization, mixing, etc.) I do in the DAW because I find it easier. I will also structure the song at that point; I tend to work in generative ways, so that’s when I tend the garden to see what’s grown and give things a little TLC.
I guess me question is: is this perception right? Do many of you use a traditional DAW with VCV, and if so, what kinds of things do you offload to it?
(If you’re interested: I use Ardour (6.3) and route with Jack. There are quirks, but it works. Being on Linux I’m a bit skeptical that a VST plugin would work well for me. I’ve had better luck with LV2.)