We’ve had some threads here and on FB recently about your top 10 modules or most used modules etc.
While interesting to a point (particularly for those starting out with VCV), this does lead to the same modules appearing over and over again in people’s lists (I’m looking at you Plateau! )
It might be interesting to have a thread which highlights some of the modules that you consider to be underrated and underused - modules which you love and can’t live without but you don’t see others use often. Hopefully it will give people an incentive to explore some modules that they may otherwise not have done.
Simply pick 1-5 modules that you believe fall into this category and give a little explanation of what it is you like about them.
I’ll pick a few to start
Frozen Wasteland Quad Algorythmic Rhythm -
4 tracks of Euclidean and Golumb ruler patterns with expanders taking care of groove, probability and warping this is a rhythm generating beast - and after the latest update reminds me of the Patterning app on iOS which can only be a good thing.
Autinn Bass -
Turns any VCO into a 303 for squelchy acidic goodness. 'nuff said.
Nysthi Polyphonic LPG and Dual Dual LPG -
Both inspired by the Buchla 208 LPG and both sound excellent
Anyone mentioning Valley Plateau, Impromptu Clocked, Bogaudio FM-OP or dare I say MindMeld mixers will be swiftly evicted from the thread!
Nysthi Const Add Mult is the only adder that’s polyphonic. Run all of the v/oct signals through it in one polyphonic cable and you can alter the pitches of your whole patch! Add woozey out of tuneness or just set the key! It slices! It dices!
computerscare Oh Peas! is a polyphonic attenuverter/offsetter & quantizer as well. It has single “offset” knob that will add/subtract from all polyphonic channels, as well as polyphonic CV for both the output attenuversion and the offset amount. Polyphony for the CV does not behave correctly per the polyphony specification but I am fixing this for the next release.
LFN by Squinky Labs - there probably hasn’t been a patch I haven’t used it since I first found out about it. Although just recently I’ve been trying to find other ways to create slow random modulations just to change a bit.
Almost all utilities by Bogaudio and Alikins - simple, elegant, and extremely useful stuff.
BlackwavetableVCO and BlackOctasource by Erica Synths - ok these are recent discoveries for me so can’t really say they’re my secret weapons yet but I sure enjoy them a lot.
NYSTHI - LPGs - someone else already mentioned them. They don’t fit every situation but when they do, they’re just perfect.
Simplex Oscillator by Tiny Tricks & WCO by Edge - these two VCOs are among the most unique I’ve encountered in Rack. They may take a bit to set up in a way that works with the rest of the patch, but the effort definitely pays off.
But more than any other module, Host and Host FX have made my life so much easier (figuratively speaking, in reality I’m a miserable bum).
well, the DSP of shifting a graphic EQ down to subsonic frequencies is slightly advanced. You could try to re-purpose my code in LFN.h, but it depends on a lot of my other code and the whole thing would spread its tendrils all over the place.
Not sure if that oscillator is underrated but my last album sound made only by its power and… Energy has a ton of timbres! More you know that - more different sounds you will get, amazing and pretty original piece of module.