I’ve been scratching my head about how best to use VCV live. Totally fantastic in the studio, working with PC/Screen/Mouse can be tricky in a live setting. But I feel it’s worth persevering because of the benefits to be had.
Just to use it as a keyboard synth seems to be missing a trick, and there are more convenient units out there for not much money. No so much fun, but practical.
Looking at things like Beatstep Pro, and those Arturia performances where someone strides into an Edwardian drawing room set up with three synths and drum machine and sets them all running…I thought about something like that so I put together a single patch with four voices:
- two PHRASE-SEQ-16’s sequenced voices that I can write to on the fly from the midi keyboard
- a four voice ‘drum machine’ based off Impromptu’s GATE-SEQ_64
- one synth voice to play freely with expression off the pitch and mod wheels
I think this is pretty good as a paradigm, and I’m planning to use the same structure on different songs but swapping out the voices to suit. It does need on-screen mouse work to edit the drum patterns live, which could be a problem. I’m thinking of one of those midi ‘grid of pads’ controllers for that.
So, if anyone has been down this road or taken a different approach to live playing I’d be very interested to hear what you’ve done - what works/doesn’t work.