I am starting development of my second plugin “Path Set: Infinity” and thought it would be interesting to share my development process in this blog.
The idea for this set started with my AstroVibe module. It’s an oscillator with a large number of internal configurations that you can randomize and save, but you can’t control. I thought it would be fun to explore that concept more.
The first module for this set I am creating is Warp Drive. I wanted to build off the space theme of AstroVibe and I thought the visuals of a starship diagram would make for a fun panel on a module. I imagined two parallel drives, each their own voice.
When thinking about what kind of sounds I wanted, I thought back to Omri Choen’s video on frequency modulation. I liked the idea of chaining simple oscillators together to create more varied sounds. I also like making big complicated things, so I decided I would use five copies of an oscillator for each side of the drive for a total of ten oscillators inside the module.
I started copying the prototype module inside of VCV Rack. I hooked two more to the original’s FM input. I used CF’s Algebra module and to mix them and that created a good range of settings. But I was still short of the five-oscillator goal I had set. So I experimented with what else I could do. I modified another oscillator so it could create different envelopes for the output. And the last oscillator became and LFO that also doubled as a clock.
To help make this easier to managed I started adding external controls using buttons and knobs from RCM. These are big and bright and allow me to label the controls. I used switches and other utility modules to quickly test different interactions. I threw away ideas that weren’t working out and expanded on the ones that did. Eventually I good set of controls that I really liked. That looks like this:
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