Venom Release Announcements: latest version 2.8.0

Thanks Steve - coming from you (part of the MIndMeld team), that really means something.


Yes! That strongly resonates with the origin of this module. Many of the design decisions stem from my past endeavors to emulate various pieces of hardware, such as the Future Sound System OSC2 Recombination Engine, and the XAOC Sofia Transcendent Waveform Analog Oscillator. There were existing VCOs that could do much of what I wanted, except for some niggling details that prevented me from completely achieving my vision. I don’t think I invented any new concepts for VCO Lab, but I combined a bunch of basic concepts in a way that allows them all to be combined in ways that had never been possible before. I find great satisfaction in trying out various “what if…” scenarios that result in end product patches. But it is also great for prototyping ideas for other VCOs.


Some great sounds in there, great work Dave!

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An insane update Dave. VCO Lab is really amazing. I have also spent many hours with it. Also thanks for your Patch Bay modules. Al your modules are just cool. What I also love is the design of all the modules. I think that the eye also needs something. That has to be said.

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Thanks Lars. Your support always feels good.

Yes - thank you! I was worried people would be preoccupied with VCO Lab and overlook the Bay Modules. I should think anyone that uses Little Utils Teleport utilities would really appreciate the added features of my Bay Modules.

Thanks again! The visual design is important to me. Obviously I am a strong proponent of form from function. One of the things that fascinates me is the beauty and complexity of sounds that can be produced by carefully applying and mixing really basic concepts. So it is important for me that the visual design reinforces the underlying concepts. I know a number of developers start with rudimentary unlabeled faceplates and create a working module before worrying about visual design. But I typically spend hours sketching out faceplate design on paper before I write a single line of code. And then I create the nearly finished faceplate in InkScape before I write the code. Of course it evolves once I start writing code, but the end product still looks very similar to the initial design.

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oh, just curious. Is the LIN FM input FM or PM?

It is true through zero linear FM. By default the port is AC coupled (a high pass filter with a low cutoff is applied), so that modulation with DC offset can still give harmonious results. If you didn’t know this, you might think it is phase modulation when a constant voltage applied to the linear FM doesn’t have any effect. The port has a context menu option to make it DC coupled, at which point constant input indeed has an effect.

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I’m guessing that if one wants the “classic” PM sound, one can run an audio rate modulator into a phase input on VCO Lab?

Yep - You can get global PM via the “Mix” phase input. Or you can apply totally different PM to each of the individual wave forms via their own dedicated phase inputs. All inputs can be driven at audio rates, and all are fully polyphonic.

It can be fun and instructive to use VCO Lab to explore the similarities and differences between through zero linear FM and PM.

for sure! sounds really cool. Certainly having VCO Lab would have made My doc about FM/PM a lot easier!