My favourite way of using VCVRack is creating interesting effect chains and then sending sound from my other hardware into it, and recording the output while controlling certain parameters using midi.
I’m currently using an Akai Force, which has 4 outputs. I’m using an internal send effect channel that outputs to output 3/4 to send audio out from the Force to a mixer, which has an aux send channel that I have routed into a laptop running VCVRack. VCVRack takes the signal and applies a full wet FX chain to it, and send the output back into the mixer, which is connected to the input ports of the Akai Force.
This allows me to use VCVRack as a send FX “pedal” for any sound generated by the Force, as well as any sound generated by anything else plugged into the mixer.
Creating my own effects pedals this way is a ton of fun, and allows me to process sound in an unconventional manner. It’s like having a Zoia with a GUI.
Now I’m wondering if anyone else is doing the same thing? If so, could we get a thread going with the purpose of collecting links to patches like these? Or possibly create a standard for how to name patches like these on patchstorage? I tried filtering using the “effect” tag, but that really didn’t help at all.