There’s a bit of a prevalence of the “generative dark ambient generative drone slowly turning knobs on clouds for 2 hours while looking at houseplants” scene around here, but lots of us are just content to do our own weird thing and not trying to please the local crowd.
One of the things that appealed to me in VCV is the ability to craft super expressive monosynths with the freedom no mod matrix could ever hope to offer, and was disappointed there doesn’t seem to be any interesting keyboardist showing off how they use VCV, consider being the first
Personally, I treat VCV Rack almost entirely as a live instrument, to the point I almost never revisit old patches or use a template session, but simply keep on modifying the same rack forever (a perfectly safe practice, the saves are lightweight files that doen’t accumulate cruft over months). Anything I record is played live in a single improvised take. But what I’m doing is more on the generative end: I’m a mediocre keyboardist, and I do not feeel that my VCV performances are playing as much as they are conducting the rack.
1.: I have a Nektar Panorama P4 master keyboard, I use it to sequence songs but not to play complex melodies live. I added to it recently a Novation Launch Control XL. While it is sold as a mixer for Ableton Live, it is really just a generic MIDI controller with 24 knobs and 8 faders, ready to use off-label. But my most interesting piece of gear is probably the XP-Pen graphics tablet: a cheap but high quality alternative to Wacom’s. Here’s a performance from last year showing how I use the graphics tablet: a frustration I with that setup what that scrolling the rack was hard, so I created a module to scroll the rack via CV (a WIP version of it is shown in that previous video).
2.: Vactrols and low-pass gates gotta be one of the funkiest signature modular sounds. Vult, Nysthi and Skrylar got nice ones. Palette and Terrorform bundle theirs, and let you use their envelope to modulate stuff. We got a ton of great FM voices, if you’re not afraid of FM (it’s legit scary), there’s a reason FM Funk is an internet microgenre