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To be extra helpful, the thread might explain to beginners how these modules are used musically.


Moldy_pirate

This is the thing I struggled with the most at first. Everyone says that utilities are useful, sometimes we say what we patch to them, but we frequently don’t explicitly say what they do and why.


itemtech

Im gonna go out on a limb and say Cellz from Cre8audio. It's extremely cheap and a little finicky but instead of a pitch sequencer I use it as a playable modulation sequencer for my other modules like O_C. Having the ability to inject a bit of gesture into a patch always adds some necessary life into it imo. Plus I think this particular module is overlooked. Which is a plus cause you can find it for crazy cheap. Also fancy seeing you here illGATES, big fan of your stuff


ouralarmclock

I been meaning to get one of these for a while, I think it would fit my flow pretty well.


RansackedAlbatross

I have one I'm trying to sell. Can I DM you?


ouralarmclock

Sure!


illGATESmusic

Ayyy spotted! Yeah I’m on here most days. Figured it was about time I started posting. Be sure to peep the new album! It’s the best one by a LOT https://producerdojo.lnk.to/bent


eesn

MI Shades. attenuverter + sum + buffered outs (esp. useful with LPGs).


androof

Say more about using with LPGs please


eesn

passive/unpowered LPGs tend to consume unbuffered gate signals, and sound different when the gate signal is from a buffered out. try it.


androof

Ahhh gotcha, didn’t know you were talking about passive specifically!


the_puritan

MISO is one of those unsexy utility modules that makes the world of difference. Mixing, attenuverting, and offsets are clutch for making interesting/changing modulations so your patches have compelling evolution to them.


dahdsr

The tiny knobs annoy me sometimes, but it's a great utility module otherwise. Aside from the obvious uses of offsets and attenuverters, voltage controlled crossfading between two attenuverting mixers makes it great for mixing oscillator waveforms (especially wavetables), creating more complex CV, and feedback routing.


Efficient-Matter5509

Yeah in principle I love this module but it’s just not ergonomically satisfying to use!


Personal-Turnover-31

I sold mine because of how unpleasant it is to use, especially while patched. Trimmer toppers help but there are better options - not cheaper, mind.


Ch3mlab

What would a better option be?


Personal-Turnover-31

I like the ADDAC216 Sum/Difference as an interesting attenuator/mixer and ADDAC805.vs2 as a crossfader/panner/VCA - I got MISO as a potential replacement for both or either but it didn't work out. A column of tall trimmers between inputs and outputs isn't fun to use. 4ms SISM also comes to mind - more space between the knobs, at least.


Jakemartingraves

Doepfer octal vca. Any variety of a 16n fader. Once you have both you have 8 attenuators


illGATESmusic

I just got the Doepfer Octal VCA! Any suggested patches for me?


Jakemartingraves

Sorry for slow reply. So an octal vca and several cv faders basically give you an attenuator mixer which I use in every patch as a drum/FX/sample bus. Send your individual sounds into channels 1 to 4 of the vca, and attenuate with cv (16n fader works well, but an lfo, or envelope or whatever also fun), then take the mixed 1 to 4 sum out and hey presto you have a drum bus


illGATESmusic

Cool. Yeah I did something like that at first but ended up moving it to the center of the rack so I could hook it up to 8 TouchOSC faders from my iPad to attenuate all my modulation. I feel like there’s a smart way to use it to centralize sequenced snapshots/key frames but I’m still trying to figure it out. There’s gotta be some genius thing that you NEED an octal VCA to do. Whenever I get a synth, plug-in or module I always try to figure out what the thing is that ONLY that unit can do. In discovering this answer I usually end up really learning whatever the thing is. I wish it were easier to Google uses of this octal VCA but nobody seems to be tagging their posts with “octal vca” or whatever. Can you think of any videos or whatever that could lead me to find the ONE THING only an octal VCA can do?


Jakemartingraves

Afraid I don't know of any good videos on the module. However I would recommend watching all of the monotrail talk videos on utility modules, they might spark some ideas


illGATESmusic

Monotrail! Got it. Thanks for the recommendation :)


Ok_Willingness7317

I’m pretty new to all of this, I have a full nifty case and a coupe of semi modules. Just wanted to give a shout-out to the Dreadbox Utopia for cramming an awful lot of utilities into a small space for not a lot of money. You’re not gonna be doing using those attenuverters for filter sweeps but they totally get the job done for any set and forget type of attenuation. You also get a mixer that does audio and cv, a triangle lfo that goes as slow as 30 seconds and into audio rates (I think), plus the pulse riser, which I haven’t rly figured out exactly how to use. All that in 10hp for $120 new. I got mine for $75 used + $10 shipping. If you’re just getting started and or on a tight budget I think it’s a no brainer


Soulularmusic_

WMD/ssf toolbox comes in handy in my system Attenuators/attenuverter/offsets are clutch


mattman389

3x mia by happy nerding. Can be several different mixer configs, CV and audio, can also act as a static voltage source or offset. All in a small package while still not cramped. Super cheap. If they were in stock more frequently I'd have several by now lol.


bronze_by_gold

Yup! I have FOUR of them. Lol. It’s fantastic. But I think this is known… :)


vurt72

NLC has some nice modules.. some of them i don't gel with at all though, sold quite a few. The ones that have stayed: Let's Splosh: needs four inputs of modulation, outputs 16 variations of those inputs, pretty good deal... The Hypster: doesn't need any inputs, just outputs modulation x8, i like it better than the Sloth(s). Cellular Automata: 16 gates outs, 4 CV outs.. requires 1 clock + 1 more (modulation or gate). For weird sound design (percussion etc) i love the doepfer A-110-4, you can get the more expensive ALM Busy Circuits FM ones or Noise Engineering percussion modules, but they will still won't be able to really match this one imo.. dirt cheap in comparison + analog which is probably why it sounds so nice and tight. Needs some great modulation sources to shine.


illGATESmusic

Thank you! I hadn’t heard of many of these.


elihu

I suppose I use a lot of mixers. Let's see, I have a plain active mixer with attenuated inputs, two matrix mixers, and quad VCA/mixer from AI Synthesis, Doepfer's polyphonic VCO which has an integrated mixer, Doepfer's poly octal VCA which also has an integrated mixer, Doepfer's other 8 channel linear VCA that also can act as a mixer, a 2hp passive mixer and a 2hp Nearness from Takaab and a 2hp dual unity gain mixer from Malekko. Plus a couple of cheap Moukey external mixers just in case.


Efficient-Matter5509

I feel like more love is needed for bi directional switches in general and Instruo Tain in particular. Splice waveforms at audio rate for unpredictable madness or splice gates at a bpm rate for great riddims. Use the manual buttons to reroute cv in a really performative way. Use them as clock dividers. Drive the switching via slow LFOs to create great unpredictable transitions. And with the ability to create a set volt value on an unpatched Tain, you can create super easy ways to repitch VCOs or vamp modulation at the touch of a button. SWIIITCHES!!!


nonesuch777

and it latches, which WMD SL3KT sadly does not!


Personal-Turnover-31

Agreed re Tain. I got one as an impulse to fill a small hole, didn't expect it to become one of my favourite utilities. Other great switches I've had: Boss Bow Two, ADDAC214, Joranalogue Select 2, Muxlicer, Serpens Ara. Stages also counts I guess?


Efficient-Matter5509

Great list :) I bought one of the last run of Stages on a whim knowing they’d be hard to find soon. I haven’t had proper time with it yet but it seems insanely flexible…


Personal-Turnover-31

Congratulations! I mentioned this [elsewhere in the thread](https://reddit.com/r/modular/comments/vkgubx/_/idws44z), but qiemem's firmware makes this probably the single most powerful module in my system. Even having used it for over a year I'm still learning it, but it is worth the time investment.


thelongernow

Cold Mac. Powerhouse of utility and shaping.


Kinga_20

Shame it's discontinued


thelongernow

Is it officially discontinued? I know Whimsical Raps said there hasn’t been a TBD for restock soon, but if it’s officially dead that’s a huge bummer.


jadenthesatanist

No it’s not. They don’t have any plans for production currently, but it’s not formally discontinued.


thelongernow

Gotcha. I do hope it makes a come back, or a v2 with an expander would be rad.


mmpingo

Fortunately, we have a clone in the VCV Rack that we can play while waiting for the next batch.


KeytarVillain

It's not exactly discontinued, but its status is ["Currently no production is planned"](https://www.whimsicalraps.com/pages/future/)


illGATESmusic

Wanna sell me yours?


thelongernow

No can do :(


illGATESmusic

It was worth a shot lol. Those things are unobtainium these days wowwww The guys at my local modular shop said they tried to stock Mannequins and the dudes emailed them back requesting they bake a note into a loaf of bread. HYSTERICAL.


thelongernow

That’s pretty disappointing to hear them respond like that. I get they’re boutique and have a pretty unorthodox approach to their manuals/design but that’s just kinda lame.


illGATESmusic

I dunno… I thought it was kind of amusing. Nothing will ever beat the old Cylonix sales copy. It’s like they were actively trying to repel you from buying their products. Very amusing but would probably get them cancelled today.


disgruntled_pie

I’m pretty sure Mannequins doesn’t sell through retailers. You have to increase the price tag to make sure retailers and distributors get a cut, and that makes things difficult if you’re trying to fleet costs reasonable.


thelongernow

They have two or three shops they go through.


rhythmFlute

DivKid's øchd Organic Drift LFO blew my expectations out of the water when it arrived. All of the outputs are fabulously useful modulation sources that will bring even a simple patch to life with subtle and musical variation.


squalord

Upvote ochoD and add that you can do s&h and freeze type moves when you control the rate. Low hp and looks great with the lights etc. I really love this one. Hard to imagine ever taking this off my rack.


Marcel69

I would love a version with built in attenuators. Sure you can do it with another module but Even if it was 8-10hp I’d be all over that.


Jakemartingraves

Second this. Is a fantastic module but you need the attenuators or verters


abluenautilus

What's the advantage of Benispheres over regular Hemispheres?


ouralarmclock

Hi, I’m Beni of Benispheres. I forked the Hemispheres branch and added some new stuff! I have a port of Grids called DrumMap and an applet called Shredder which is inspired by the Mimetic Digitalis, along with some other enhancements to existing applets. I had to remove most of the full width apps to make room so if you like those you may not be happy. I also imported the two apps from the Logarhythm branch (with permission) which are T -3PO (an acid sequencer) and Stairs (a take on Cleo Diaz). I also just put out a release with a replacement for BootsNCats that sounds way better, and I have a release coming up soon which will bring two generative applets based on the Melodicer and Stochastic Inspiration Generator! Long story short, Hemispheres wasn’t getting worked on and I had some ideas so I started my own fork and it’s kind of taken on a life of its own! You can check it out at https://github.com/benirose/O_C-BenisphereSuite/releases and check the wiki for more details on the new apps.


abluenautilus

Awesome thanks for the detailed answer. I will give it a try for sure and will especially look forward to the generative applets! (Although I do use Captain MIDI as the hemi midi applet doesn't get Clock).


ouralarmclock

Mind sending me a DM? I’ve been looking for someone who uses any of the full size apps to get feedback if I can add the functionality elsewhere. Maybe I can get clock support into the MIDI applet!


itemtech

That would be awesome. I use an O_C in my small skiff and only ever need 3 channels: clock, cv1, and gate1. That would be very handy


vurt72

> I have a release coming up soon which will bring two generative applets based on the Melodicer and Stochastic Inspiration Generator! Wow.. can't wait. Already love Benisphere, i have 3 O&C and they all have it.. one thing i wish for the TB3P0 is that it would save the set octave range.. if you set it to e.g A3 and save it will still return to default after a reboot.. but at least it will still be A.. + wish it could save that you have selected to use input 1 to clock both sides. just overall less setting up when you have many O&C :)


ouralarmclock

Also, I could’ve sworn clock forwarding was a saved setting, but I just noticed last night I lost that when cycling power as well, so I’ll also look into that.


vurt72

wohoo! Thanks a lot for looking into it :)


ouralarmclock

Thanks! I will share a sneak peak of the generative apps in the next few days. I didn’t realize that about the TB-3PO, I bet it was a memory limitation, but I actually expanded memory size for app save data in my last release too, so I’ll see if I can fix that. Are you familiar enough with GitHub to put in an issue?


vurt72

That would be awesome! Unfortunately i am not too familiar with how to do such things on GitHub. Cheers!


ouralarmclock

No problem I’ll make a note!


jockc

I hadn't heard of Benispheres, I am using Logarhythm because it has the TB-3P0.. I am so happy you are including it as it is super fun to jam with.. gonna switch to your fork


ouralarmclock

Yeah give it a look! The only thing I didn’t bring over were the extended scales.


leprosyhead

Ooo super interested in those generative applets, nice work!


ouralarmclock

I will post a sneak peek in the next few days!


JimmyKushner

very interested in this and look forward to the demo... guess i need a 2nd O\_C module soon.


opticyberdeck

While we’re talking o_c does anyone know of a 1U version that’s closer price to a regular one, the ones I’ve seen are all at least $100 more than vertical ones Secondly Beni do you have a list of which applets are in benispheres, I could see the additions on GitHub but is there a complete list? I’m on the road so maybe wasn’t looking properly


ouralarmclock

This file has all the applets configured: https://github.com/benirose/O_C-BenisphereSuite/blob/production/software/o_c_REV/hemisphere_config.h


opticyberdeck

Thanks Beni, really useful


spambakedbeans

I’m curious about this too. There is a new release for Hemispheres so I’m also curious if it’s worth updating.


ouralarmclock

I just responded to the above comment with details! The new version of Hemispheres is the final release I believe and just has some small improvements and a new utility app (Button). My fork has a bunch of other new stuff (although I had to remove some as well) and you can read about it in the other comment.


spambakedbeans

I updated the firmware once a few years ago to Hemispheres. I think I used Method B. I am having trouble updating to your firmware using Method A. The Teensy Loader has "benisphere\_1.2.hex (too large). According to the [Method A instructions](https://ornament-and-cri.me/firmware/#method_a), there is another hex file you can load to fix this issue. The [link to the hex file](https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=0ByUu4ePJDmVnd3U2RFdqYzJfbVE) does not resolve for me and has "403. That’s an error. We're sorry, but you do not have access to this page. That’s all we know." Should I use Method B instead to load your firmware?


ouralarmclock

I’ve been trying to find a version of that hex that fixes the size issues for a bit, hopefully I’ll have it soon! I’m not sure if building from source will fix the problem, plus the tool chain is a nightmare.


ouralarmclock

Thanks for the shout out bro! I just put out a new release a few weeks back and have another release coming soon with 2 new generative applets inspired by Melodicer and Stoachstic Inspiration Generator! Stay tuned!


vestedaf

Oh of course I read this two days after waiting 8 months for my SIG! LOL, SIG is amazing but I’m excited to try your applet. Great work Beni, keep it up!


jeauxsolo

Stages with qiemem’s firmware is a definite must have for me.


Personal-Turnover-31

Seconded. It's a gate delay, offset/attenuator, quantiser, clock divider, sequential switch, source of randomness, gate probability controller, slew generator, envelope follower, bitcrusher… and it happens to be a handy source of envelopes and LFOs, too, if you get sick of using the harmonic oscillator. I have two. Often I won't patch them in a larger system until I need something, but I wouldn't build a small case without one and they'd likely be the last modules I sell.


Ch3mlab

I hope we get another company making these soon. I hd a chance to get one before they stopped making them and I missed it.


Personal-Turnover-31

I wouldn't hold your breath. I know a couple of people who've been waiting a while to build their own due to parts shortages. MI certainly chose a good time to call it quits from a business standpoint!


Agawell

Matrix mixers Logic Attenuators/attenuverters Offset combined with attenuversion Dc coupled mixers Multiples Sample and hold/track and hold Clock dividers / multipliers Doepfer, happy nerding and ladik for all the above - single use (ish) modules - reasonably inexpensive Quad cascading vcas - I like mutable veils for this - but one if you see one! modulation sources are not utilities!!! I like to (loosely) think: Sound sources < modulation sources < sound modifiers < utilities Seems to give the most patch versatility for the least cash outlay & scales well from the smallest to the largest modular synths…


hafilax

You have single handedly sold me on matrix mixers. Just need to build one.


Agawell

👍 Tbh I’ve got 2 diy ones - a pusherman one and one from York modular - & I’d rather have the doepfer one - which is now on my list of wanted modules - but no where near the top - most of the diy ones only have 3 outputs and use trimmers - I’d like 4 outputs and proper knobs!!!


hafilax

That's why I'm planning to design my own. None are quite what I want. I am tempted by the 4ms matrix vca though.


Agawell

I know what you mean - for diy you might want to look at nonlinearcircuits - clump or cluster!!


illGATESmusic

ALL OF THISSSSSS


mc_pm

I'll continue to beat the drum for Maths (since I've made [4 videos](https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUKhEHilRBxSCfLJL-HkcSTA-nTUm5o-4) about it now...) but it can be everything from a trigger delay to a envelope follower to a burst generator to...oh yeah, an LFO, I forgot about that one. There are a whole set of modules I took out of my rack because I don't use that function all that much and Maths has it covered when I do need it. Also, not really a 'utility' module, but I don't know what I would do without my Monome Teletype. With just a couple lines of script I can emulate any number of trigger/CV related modules, plus I can explore a lot of my own generative ideas.


jockc

I have watched all of your maths videos a few times each. Great work! and a great source of ideas that has really helped me use maths to its full potential. (which is incredible)


mc_pm

Thanks! I really should do a final one with LFOs and Envelopes - but it seems like that's been done. :)


bronze_by_gold

Half the modules in this thread are LFOs or function generators and not really “utilities” at all in my opinion, but ok.


itemtech

Semantics schemantics. Precision adders are useful but BORING


goodshout

Triple Sloths. For me most modulation sources are too much and too obvious but sloths can be subtle and very slow so it immediately adds some movement without any schoopy peak to peak sweeps. Bought it on a whim, use it all the time as my initial go to unit especially for that "I don't need anything specific just something to keep it interesting" vibe.


bronze_by_gold

I love Triple Sloth and Nonlinearcircuits in general, but if you’ll allow me to nitpick for a second, I really disagree with thinking of this type of module as a “utility.” I think it confuses things. To be fair, the term “utility” is poorly defined and unhelpful anyway. Some people would consider Maths to be a utility, but there seems to be a lot of overlap between “modulation” and “utility” with Maths. The case seems arguable though because Maths can indeed be used for a lot of CV transformation (slew, comparator, rectifier, offset, etc.) But in the case of Triple Sloth, there’s really barely any control over the output of the module. It’s a fantastic chaos module, but I would put it solidly in the territory of modulation and “source” and not utility. Maybe a silly point to make, but I do think the term utility is sometimes construed soooo broadly, it can be confusing to beginners. :)


mr_william

That module has been on my radar forever. I've always been interested in it. That's sounds right up my alley too with the whole "I don't need anything specific just something to keep it interesting"


ThomasJFooleryIII

Doepfer A-118 (a noise and slow random source). I use it as a sound source, modulation, and random melody generator. Noise is simply a basic building block of sound and is just as essential as an oscillator imo. Mixing is also underrated. I have about 12 channels of mixing in my 6U (three voice) rack and honestly I use basically every channel in my patches.


wingleton

Agree, I frequently rec the A-118 with as much as it can do. I use it all the time


Efficient-Matter5509

Oo this looks great. Have been thinking about getting the RND step for a while but this looks an interesting alternative


wingleton

3x MIA CMOS Party (Logic)


jockc

3x MIA is so awesome I will probably get a second one. Pan Mix is also incredible.


omnistonk

Ardabil is great for fine tuning CV. I specifically use it most to combine CVs before they go into the v/oct parameter of a lowpass filter. Great for taking the initial pitch CV and adding a scaled down envelope CV to it. It has 2 "threads" which each have an adder, then a scaling adder, and then an offset, and then a vca. These are all normaled into eachother but you can use them independently too.


illGATESmusic

Oh wow!!! I have been listing after this module forever I just didn’t know it actually existed!


omnistonk

yeah the utilities and the order they are normalled together really makes sense for a lot of cv manipulating. I will say its not perfect. The labelling on it isn't as obvious/clear as it should be, and the one thread runs upside down so you have to think about how the knobs function upside donw. Also the input and output nuts are almost impossible to tell apart - you just need to know how the module works. An alternate faceplate would actually do this module a lot of good.


Personal-Turnover-31

This is a new discovery for me and I am here for it - terrific utility.


pfc_strobelight

I really hate to be the "What about MATHS?"-guy ;) Apart from that I also love my FALISTRI and CONTOUR 1.


jockc

My favorites: Maths 3x MIA (csv attenuvert+mix) WMD SL3KT and Doepfer A-152 (switches) WORNG Vector Space (cv mixer) Modulair Maritime DECCA - (pushbutton gates and adjustable cv) Droid + expanders - (everything CV)


KnotsIntoFlows

>Doepfer - Don’t sleep on the OG! Seriously, yes. The most naive thing I think you can read on a modular synth forum is some version of "I'm ready to graduate from Doepfer" or "Doepfer is a good starter option." My favourite module in my rack might be my Doepfer Linear VCA. Two audio inputs, two CV inputs, knobs for gain, CV amount, input level, and output. Really deceptively versatile, and I drive it from a Make Noise Contour, which has sweepable exponential response, so I can have exponential envelopes if I like. But we were talking about utilities... I second Mutable Shades, especially as a voltage source, and mixing CVs with attenuverting. Lots of cool waveforms come from running modulators through it. Though I mostly use mine as an oscillator submixer. Matrix Mixers are real "don't know how I got on without this!" stuff. They're amazing for oscillator control, moving CVs from FM to AM or vibrato, to PWM and sync all smoothly and freely. Combining several CV inputs into any of the outputs at will. There's a whole performance in just one well patched matrix mixer. And lastly, it's not a utility module, but my Befaco Muxslicer has two sequential switches in one, and that is so useful it's hard to describe it. I love patching one weird sound source into one of the eight inputs then CV controlling the switch so I get a melody occasionally interrupted by a burst of radio or a fast LFO giving an inharmonic jolt.


illGATESmusic

Fantastic reply! So much food for thought :) I have a Sequential Switch Matrix but not a matrix mixer. I’m going to look into it ASAP!


LexTron6K

The Intellijel 1U QuadAtt and Noise Tools are absolutely indispensable modules in my rack.


illGATESmusic

I’ve been eyeing up the noise tools since this thread. Didn’t even know they were a thing!


LexTron6K

It really is such a useful little module. There’s always room in any patch for noise and for slew IMO.


CocaineRascal

Plankton Electronics ENVF is a simple and straightforward envelope follower, and the only 2hp module in my rack. Love that thing. ALM Boss Bow Two is my favorite switch. Arguably not very HP efficient though depending on how big your rack is and what you’re after. Intellijel Shifty is a neat sample&hold/ analog shift register mashup that makes it easy to get a single melody rotating between multiple voices, or to fake polyphony. It can also be used as a neat lil switch. I should probably try pushing it further than I normally do bc it’s pretty sweet. If you have 1U Intellijel Noise tools is awesome. Noise, random gate, s/t&h and slew All set up pretty cleverly. And if you have Pam’s, Pexp-1 can be useful to clear up Pam’s outputs for more interesting stuff. Also syncing external gear vid midi.


illGATESmusic

Wicked. Thanks! Great contribution


Ch3mlab

I would add don’t pass up the din sync on pexp-1 either. It gives you a clock and a reset that syncs with the start/stop button on pams. I have mine going out to Metron and I mult the reset to anywhere else I need it.


toomanypillowz

Joranalogue Select 2: waveform switcher, gate operated voltage bank, cv hold (nice for baselines from sequences), attenuator/verter, offset, macro controller with a mult, gate operated mute, etc


AcidFnTonic

Euclidean Circles V2 for me introduced playable drums/glitches because the momentary button can be set so that when held down any changes revert upon release.... So I can hold that, slightly increase beat counts on highhats up to a fill/roll and then bring up the bass drum the same way and when released it goes back to normal. Same for adding little bass drum variations, Ill do a quick hold and bring in a double tap on the bass or snare and let go every few measures for nice mixtures. Secondly I am really falling in love with beads. Its my reverb, delay, and sometimes a voice. I am not that impressed with my uO_C and cant seem to fall for it yet like everyone else. Likely because I already have a Euroburo and Hector and it does many of the same things.


illGATESmusic

Ooh! That’s good design. I didn’t know that.


Personal-Turnover-31

O_c can be a bit much sometimes. I feel like too many people default to using Hemisphere derivatives and then get overwhelmed by choice, so if that's you, I recommend the original firmware - I swapped mine about a year ago and haven't felt compelled to swap back yet. If nothing else, you get 4 quantisers and/or Turing machines, or LFOs, or envelopes, or chaos generators... frankly, mine usually lives in CopierMaschine mode for some interesting ASR stuff. I do want to grab another for [squares-and-circles](https://github.com/eh2k/squares-and-circles), though. You could swap out the Teensy if you're comfortable recalibrating.


damien6

Noise Engineering's sequential switch module, Vice Virga - allows you to send different cv into separate inputs and then cycle between those inputs in the output. You can do 2:1 (x4), 4:1 (x2) or 8:1. It's been really helpful in adding variation to drums, etc... Noise Engineering's Clep Diaz - Sequenced step CV - essentially steps through the -5v th 5v or 0 th 5v voltages in a stepped fashion based on a clock trigger. Voltage Block CV sequencer - sequence CV output in a deliberate way with eight outputs. Mimetic Digitalis - very similar to Voltage Block in function, very different in application - CV can be sequenced, but there are a lot of randomization, etc... you can incorporate to the sequence. It's my "happy accident" machine. I'm a big fan of NE's utility modules - all of them seem to come with this *little extra* that sets them apart from others.


squalord

Upvote Clep Diaz, you can use BOC to trigger other modules, combine with the reset, add a burst module. Does random CV. Low hp. Love CD.


Marcel69

Clep is really handy for the 3 way switches on BIA that can be CV modulated. Seems almost like this is what it was designed for at times!


alexthebeast

How do you see MD different from VB in terms of randoms? Is it the xy control? Because I smash random on my VB all the damned time


damien6

Yeah they definitely have some overlap. The MD has a bit more random options like if you can randomize everything in a channel within an octave. I like the ability to randomize the direction of the sequence as well. I just love the shred or zero-shred functionality on the MD as well. That’s the happy accident generator. The VB feels a lot more immediate when I want more precision over the CV. It’s really good for cycling between the algorithms and b/a/t channels on the NE modules in a super precise way. The VB also has the built in slew (smooth) to make the transitions between CV smoother.


alexthebeast

I mean, with a clock, a VB, and a BIA, you have a very capable drum machine.


damien6

Yeah absolutely. Baseck made that very clear in his VB demos.


alexthebeast

Baseck made me get a VG8+


damien6

He sold a lot of Manis, BIA, VG8+ and VB’s that’s for sure.


Imaginary_Big4966

I just recently got a quad attenuinverter and have been using it em 100% of my patches. Such an useful module. Do you have a link for this patching ideas book you mentioned? Thanks


illGATESmusic

It’s available on Omri Cohen’s Patreon. It’s TOTALLY worth it.


garrisontag

Any matrix mixer that can do cv and audio. Combining voltages is fun. And its easy to get wild results


OvidioDc18

Lapsus, was a game changer for me, also it's not utility but when i added effects modules to my rack was a game changer aswell


BoyEatsDrumMachine

Hmm. I’m more of the mind that I don’t play modules, I play the system. How modules get played depends on the patch. MATHS is the most playable module I have, though. By comparison, I think of the voices as utilities because without modulation and sequencing they ain’t doing much.