=== very cool patch challenge edition 34 ===

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

this time the featured module is surge for rack’s surgevoc (the vocoder). you are also encouraged to use the other modules in the surge for rack collection. this plugin is only available for rack version 1. (but you can have version 1 and 0.6 installed in parallel.)

== rules ==
• make a patch in vcv rack using the chosen module and upload your patch to https://patchstorage.com/ and/or in your reply to this thread
• tag your upload with vcp-34
• you are encouraged to only use free modules in the patch, but this is not required
• make a video showcasing your patch and upload it to youtube
• add a link to your video as a comment to this post (these videos will be collected in a playlist)
• give feedback on other participants’ patches

deadline: monday end of the day, wherever you are, july 8th
(though late entries will still be added to the playlist)

a new challenge with a different module will be announced every other tuesday.


Cool! The surge modules are beta and new. Very very happy to get feedback bug reports and ideas either here or on our GitHub! Edits or errors in the manual (https://surge-synthesizer.github.io/rack_manual/) are also a super welcome contribution.


great, I am just about to examine the Surge modules :metal::sunglasses:


Hey Paul, I compiled Surge for 0.6 and there was a multi effect called FX which I really liked. Do you convert that to V1? :metal::sunglasses:

This is funny. I did a 14h30min long stream on the 23rd on twitch, starting from scratch and at one point in the long day :wink: I introduced the SurgeVOC. I guess I was ahead of the challenge.


Hi! All the effects are still there but we decided it was more “modular” to have a panel per effect rather than a massive panel will all the fx - so rather than a single panel with 9 switches we have 9 panels. This also allowed me to make more compact panels for the smaller effects like rotary m

Reviving the multi fx is easy enough if there is demand. Feedback welcome. Can do it this summer. But no functionality was harmed in the decision go to the multi module design.

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I predict a multiplicity of singing robots…


Pair it with Plaits Speech engine :wink:

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I have used vocoders with Plaits but I’m thinking more of SAM

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Hey folks. Just an FYI. @pgatt reported that with a reasonable number of threads the surgerotary module could crash rack when bringing it into a patch. The problem appears to be with how I am scanning factory presets.

If you get crashes pulling out some effects it is probably the same thing. The solution is to remove the plugins-v1/SurgeRack/res/presets directory from your rack user area and restart rack. (The longer term solution is that I fix whatever threading bug is blowing me up; but I can’t do that without my laptop and I don’t have my laptop in the next couple of weeks since I’m on a vacation!).


Mmhh! I don’t like vocoder that much if Joe Zawinul isn’t behind the mic… But I’ll give a try, of course. :wink:

Oh yeah ! Completely forgot about SAM. Man, once i’m done with Uni i really have to dig into all that good Nysthi stuff hihi.

Be careful, it may take longer than you think! Actually, there’s a drive to write manuals for Nysthi stuff somewhere around here, that would be useful.

Cool ! I’ll take a look :smile: i will also try something for this challenge once i have no more exams

VCP-34 Talking maschines - vocoder experiment

Hello Rackerz Guyz and Galz

Today I present my first entry to new edition of VCP. This part requires the use of a Surge for Rack “SurgeVOC” vocoder module. For computer speaking voice I use S.A.M from NYSTHI (maybe this brake a little the rules? I Don’t known - Feel free to coments :slight_smile: ) I use also a few modules from Surge (ADSR module, Reverb, Delay, Phaser modules for effects and Wavetable collections VCO “SurgeWTVCO” for nice base sound). I still fighting with glitches. Sadly for me a performance is not the same like Rcominan version of Rack 0.6.2. I hope that it will improve a bit in the near future


Patchstorage: https://patchstorage.com/vcp-34-talking-maschines-vocoder-experiment/

vcp-34 Talking Maschines - vocoder experiments.vcv (122.3 KB)

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I “highlighted” a small 4 min sample of a 14h30min stream showing how I used the SurgeVOC. It’s basically used the old fashion way as a voice morphing fx. https://www.twitch.tv/videos/445006438

The patch was made from scratch.

P.S. this is what I was saying:

The future is a mystery,
The past is history,
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called “The Present”


Has been a while since I participated in one of these. Perhaps the VCV 1.x fever has caught me…



vcp-34 Flying Snakes

I haven’t been able to take part for a while. I used Nysthi’s Sam for the source of ‘voices’. Another module I hadn’t used before. I found that using two synths as modulator and carrier created interesting elements too- I suppose it is only what FM synthesis is.

Patch:vcp 34 flying snakes.vcv (73.8 KB)


Hello all,

This is my first VCP entry. I’ve made heavy use of Molly Naylor’s “Whenever I Get Blown Up, I Think of You” as a source of samples. Hopefully this is still within the spirit of the thing. I tried to keep things relatively simple and spontaneous. I hope you all enjoy.

Video: https://youtu.be/EHRSdnXPdbI

Patch: https://patchstorage.com/very-cool-patch-challenge-34-whenever-i-get-blown-up/


VCP-34 Lift-Off

The vocoder was a challenge for me. I like the other surge modules.
The hardest thing for me was separating the piece into scenes in the manner that I wanted.
I hope it is entertaining.

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