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Your favorite filters/etc with built in VCAs
Old 31st August 2019
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Your favorite filters/etc with built in VCAs

I want/need to add a handful of different sounding VCAs to my setup, and seeing as several modules (usually filters) have built in VCAs and aren't terribly expensive I'm considering adding some of them along with "straight VCAs".

Things like the Manhattan MA35 and the Bastl Cinnamon come to mind.

What others do you suggest? A variety of characterful VCAs are the real goal here, but I'll happily take some extras along with the VCAs.

Thanks.
Old 2nd September 2019
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MI Ripples has a built in VCA and is a pretty nice sounding filter. I was sequencing a voice with my TT-303 and thought
Ripples did a decent acid impersonation (until I listened to the TT-303 and realized that Ripples sounded too nice) . It can also do a good kick drum at full resonance with an AD envelope going to both the Gain and FM inputs.
Old 3rd September 2019
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ALM MUM M8!!! Crunchy character VCA and an old Akai filter. It sounds wicked!!!

WMD Pole Zero is a good one too, but not as good as the MUM M8.
Old 7th September 2019
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I like my Pittsburgh Modular LPG. It has VCA, LPG and filter modes, attenuated CV control over the frequency with a switch to invert the CV input, and it self-oscillates. Sounds pretty good too.
Old 11th September 2019
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MI Ripples has a built in VCA and is a pretty nice sounding filter. I was sequencing a voice with my TT-303 and thought
Ripples did a decent acid impersonation (until I listened to the TT-303 and realized that Ripples sounded too nice) . It can also do a good kick drum at full resonance with an AD envelope going to both the Gain and FM inputs.
^ Ripples is awesome, and combined with Maths creates a devastating kick.

I don't have it anymore but the Dave Smith DSM01. Similar to Ripples in functionality but sounds very different (and really good). The only issue was that it was a very quiet module but I now have ways of countering that so I regret selling it :(
Old 12th September 2019
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There are two that I love:

I wanted to recommend Roland 505. It is not so obvious, but VCA is there. Nothing fancy, just attenuation for signal, without overdrive and other fancy stuff, but filters are enough to give all the character one wants. But VCA has no character here. Posting it here just in case.

My recommendation is QMMG. This thing screams! I love this ringing sound, when gate closes. It's like someone flashed you with strong light at your retinas for fraction of second and then this light fades for much longer. Same applies to this LPG. Damn' it's so good that I have to play with it some more!

Check this out:
Old 4 weeks ago
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The Moogerfooger mf-102 ringmod can be used as a VCA, see the "Lord of the Ring (Modulation)" pdf that Moog released for an example.
Old 3 weeks ago
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hexinverter red dragon is rather nice, i like to use it in 6db mode and cv control on the cutoff for best effect, it has the inbuilt VCA however its described as being quite transparent. I also have the Dave Smith DSM01, i traded another filter for it because i was intrigued by how much it was hated online! I think it sounds pretty uninspiring myself, but it has its uses... sometimes a voice just sounds a bit too dazzling and attention seeking and this thing is actually handy for making things sound more boring and basically recede into the background! If I could only have one filter this surely wouldnt be it, but in the modular world its actually kinda handy to have a wet blanket you can throw onto a sound
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