This is relevant to the new VCV Process module in particular, but to modules providing “track and hold” in particular.
What are some valid musical use cases?
When I use Sample & Hold I’m grabbing random values from noise for various applications. Track and Hold on a noise source is just noise punctuated by periods of constant values when the gate is high.
The only use I came up with for Track & Hold is when the input is a pitch CV (from a sequencer or MIDI) you can ‘freeze’ the pitch with a trgger/gate input.
That could be a cool effect but it must be more useful than that.
An example ‘Track & Hold’ Patch. A Bernoulli Gate set to ‘Toggle’ mode provides a gate to the Process module which freezes the pitch CV until the Bernoulli gate goes low.
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I don’t know the answer, but I know track and hold is used a lot…
this is not a musical example per se, but in this patch, you can see the value briefly dips to 0 when the key is pressed, so i needed track and hold to fix it. or i couldve delayed the s&h gate. for
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I’ve found it quite useful for making basslines in the past. I put a sequence through it and trigger it at certain intervals so that now and then there is a walk up/down kind of thing.
The lo-fi distortion trick in that video is worth the price of admission alone.