=== vcp challenge #74 (october edition): tides 2 ===

you are challenged to make a patch in vcv rack to showcase creative use of modules, so other users may get inspired. you can also win eternal fame!

for this edition, the challenge is to make a patch with audible instruments’ tidal modulator 2.

for a further optional challenge, try to make a patch with just audible instruments and official vcv branded modules. there’s a lot there, so it shouldn’t be too hard.

good luck!

== rules ==

  • make a patch in vcv rack and upload your patch to patchstorage.com , and/or in your reply to this thread
  • tag your upload with vcp-74
  • make a video showcasing your patch and upload it to youtube (if possible), or record some audio and upload it to e.g. soundcloud
  • add a link to your video or audio as a comment to this post
  • give feedback on other participants’ patches

deadline: end of the day, wherever you are, october 31st


Here’s my try. 6 x Tides2, taking care of all sound and modulation. Only VCV Fundamentals and Audible Instruments modules used, except for the mixer and reverb (life’s too short). Tides2 is a wonderful and very versatile module. Sounds great as VCO and I love that chords mode.

You’ll find the patch here:


Absolutely beautiful!

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VERY nice…

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My minimalistic entry:

Used two Tides for LFO and envelopes and two as oscillator. Together they sequence an arpeggio into a filtered delay.


Not really calling this an entry to the competition as I don’t have time to do a video, but here’s a patch a made when I was learning Tides v2 which has some “mini patches” in it. The tune is being made by the mini patch at the bottom part of the main patch.

Audible Instruments Tidal Modulator 2 Session 3.vcv (4.9 KB)

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Nice one, really like it! To ammend: This is a very very clever patch actually and on re-listening the result is highly enjoyable. Well done!


Hi. Your patch doesn’t seem to work. It loads, but none of the buttons will work on the modules.

Odd. I can’t reproduce that. I downloaded it and ran with all buttons working as expected. I assume you selected your soundcard. Otherwise I have no idea… :confused:

Hmm ok thanks for checking Dan. I’ll explore other options my end.

I tend to - sometimes purposefully - sleep on those jack-of-all-trades modules, but taking my maybe first dive into Tides was fun.

3 Tides as voices, with another one lfo’ing their envelopes and a slooow fifth to fade those voices in and out. 2 Marbles for pitch and additional modulation, all seasoned with a dash of Rings. I normally regard a mixer as something external and often leave it out of videos, but wanted to include it this time around and needed panning so there’s some bits of Bogaudio…



Which plugin did you use inside host fx?

… for some reverb in the reverb :slight_smile:

isn’t it at version 2.0.0? At least mine is :wink:

This really reminded me of just how much I rely on MixMaster and Plateau.


Ingenious :slight_smile:

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Wonderful patch Urs. Nice composition and great hand wiggling. Great mood and atmosphere, and just highly enjoyable. Well done!

Here’s my go.

Uploaded to patchstorage -

Something a bit concrete using as little as I could beyond a single instance of tides to get the sound I was after. Ambient with s couple of not ambient interjections hopefully still with the same flavour.

Here’s my entry. Video is rather short, because I was in a hurry. Hope that’s ok.

This is my first patch with Tides. I used Tides solely as a voice/osc because that is what fascinated me the most when getting to know the module. Modulating the different paramenters via S&H on every note or via LFOs of different speeds really gets some interesting timbres out of it.

To generate the random rhythm, I used another setup based on bernoulli gates with modulated probability.

The ambient voice is definitely the star of the patch. Try bypassing Plateau (2nd row to the left) and solo the first mixer channel to hear the crazy variations tides can produce.

Of course I couldn’t help myself and added a rhythmic component with my go to shaker setup =).

Another thing I discovered when playing around with the higher voice is how cool Chronoblob sounds when the feedback and time parameter both get modulated by different LFOs. With such high delay feedback settings, I always use a compressor after the delay to keep the volume in check.



Here is my entry! Coincidentally, I was working on a white noise machine using tidal modulator. Just the name makes me think of the sea, waves and tropical storms so I wanted to recreate an image in my head: Jamming near the beach during a storm. Hope you enjoy my entry!

I read about the bonus part a little too late, but hey… that just gives me a reason to revisit the whole patch!

Here is the patch in case you want to download it!