Bugbrand Thread

@scanner_darkly would love to hear how you find using the BBV module, I have a the 2bit binmux which I like for certain tasks, but I can’t imagine using a 3bit sequencer in my current workflow. Considering you have the SEQ1 I’m curious as to how useful you find it? And anyone else on here that has picked one up for that matter!
I got a pair of the new joystick / touch modules a few days ago and am loving the expressive-ness they have added to my system. Only joystick I ever used before was on a VCS3 which I had the pleasure of playing for a few hours last year. I love the cosmic / spaceship control desk nature of using a joystick to make synthesized music, makes me want to purchase a pair of goggles and an industrial fan to give the feel of hurtling through space at the same time :smiley:

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if you feed it gates from quad divider you can use it as a regular 8 step sequencer if you set up dividers correctly (2/4/8 and reset them from a common gate so they’re phase aligned). having an 8 step sequencer in 2fw is pretty handy!

once you have that going you can then make it step through the sequence in a different path simply by playing with divisions and injecting additional gates. i imagine just throwing some random gates at it could be fun, say from DDSR or even 3 oscillators in LFO mode, especially if you cross patch sync and FM between them. weevil could also be fun (wish i still had one in modular format…)

or just use it as 8 voltage presets and manually select them with switches. switch A will switch between even and odd rows, switch B will switch between top half and bottom half, and switch C will switch between left half and right half.

with so many recent sequencing bits i think i’ll have to dedicate full 2 rows to just sequencing. seq1 | diode director x2 | quad divider | ddsr | binary block | lfo/mix | bugcrasher, something like that.

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As my BBV is still in the postal service’s care, I’ve been messing around with a Lorre Mill Keyed Mosstone which had a similar approach to sequencing stored voltages. I have to say that you can get a lot of great variations on a sequence using it with the quad divider. Make a nice 8 step sequence as described by @scanner_darkly, then start messing with the divisions to get some variation. Turn the divisors back to starting point and reset all, to get back to the starting sequence. Just LOVELY!! Also throw in a chanels from the DDSR and you got some nice evolving patterns.
Even though this is BugB thread, I have to say that the Mosstone is a superb addition to my bugs. Use the keyboard/touchplates to send cv to my bug-system, also all kinds of cool ways to interact with track & hold, Sample & Hold, Noise source, etc.
Now, I can’t wait to have the BBV, DD and Joystick in my setup… only a few days now (I hope…)

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So you require 3/4 of the QDiv to use it as an 8 step sequencer, or even the whole QDiv if you want the sequence at a different clock speed to anything else you’re feeding. I’m interested but ultimately would much rather have a standard step sequencer with some forward/reverse on/off functionality for the real estate, and I’m already making full use of the QDiv to feed other things. I’m pretty much always using at least one channel of that for sub oscillators for example, and generally another one or two to divide the gates I’m playing on the ctl1’s or joysticks. I believe the QDiv is also currently off the menu for a rethink/redesign. Personally I really want one of the old CLK modules with multiple outs, my DIY 4ms RCD was fulfilling that role amazingly til it died! Or just something more compact.
Speaking of the QDIv - try feeding an audio rate division with an audio rate reset signal - you can get some pretty wild morphing timbres out of it!

Sequencing / control is a hard one, the bugcrusher has been really fun to use as s/h but Ive equally used it for the analog srr effect and love it! Another one of those in the system would be amazing.

I have an old style sv filter and dual vca coming, looking forward to trying that cv resonance on the filter!

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Make sure to try pinging the bugs filters too. They make a great sound source in their own right.

Absolutely! Pinged filters are among my most favourite sounds :slight_smile:

I did think a keyed mosstone style keyboard would be a good addition to the bbv, but I guess that can be achieved with the joystick / touch module. Must try that to control the 2bitbinmux actually!

Yes, thats true. But I’ve «only» got one joystick on the way, and I would probably want to use it elsewhere in a patch. Another thing is that the Mosstone can also be sequenced (with three gate/trigger inputs, just like BBV) and then you can take the CV and trigger outputs from Mosstone into two of the BBV inputs. You could then make the decision of taking the rise, fall or end of cycle out of the EG of the Mosstone, one of the S&H/T&H outs, or simply (to kind of mimick the touch portion of the joystick/touch) use the lower bar output as the third (and manual) gate source. There are of course plenty of other ways for these too interact. I actually got the Keyed Mosstone to sort of be a kind of substitute to not having a CTL1. I know it’s not the same, but still great to have a touch keyboard with bananas. Also it is quite fun as a stand alone device😊 As you’ve got two CTL1’s I guess you’ve not gonna be short on thouch interfaces😂

Ah the KM looks to be a much more immediate touch interface though - suitable for quick eloquent playing, the ctl1’s are not as reliably responsive and quick playing isn’t really possible. I most use mine as a bank of 3 x 4 preset cvs. Voltage memory is much better suited to melodic playing but I find tuning notes in to be reeeeeaaallly boring on anything like that, need to get my penrose working!
How about a vid using the keyed mosstone with the bugs? :blush:

Oh! I didn’t know about the unresponsivenes. Well in that regard KM works like a charm. Pretty annoing tuning process with the KM also though…
Will try ro make some videos, but the coming week is packed… might manage to have some sessions in two weeks time though. Will probably post in the Bug-forum then👍🏻

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It’s probably more my lack of experience in playing them that way but currently I wouldn’t want to rely on them for any sort of fancy playing :blush:.

Hehe, I see. We’ll I’ve got the «Eurorack-version» (Pressure points), and I guess it isn’t always the most reliable. But actually not to bad either…

I managed to score a DRM2 from the latest batch before they all sold. So far, I only have a SynthVoice, and it fills out the Serge and Stroh stuff very nicely. I can never have enough percussion sources, though, so I’m pretty stoked for the DRM2’s arrival.

I’ve long liked the demos I’ve heard of the DRM1 and expander; I’d like to get my mitts on one of those, too.

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now that there is a new version of LPG - if anybody wants to sell or trade their old version let me know! would be interested in LPG/Mod also.

I received the new one today - hoping it blows my socks off :slight_smile:

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Socks have been firmly blown off!!
I only tried the Stroh resonant optogate before (and the Meng Qi passive LPGs) but this BugBrand lpg is something else entirely! So much character! It sounds beautiful, so alive compared to a standard vcf-> vca type affair. I’m converted! Must get another sharpish.

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Happy to hear! Got one on the way :grin:
Also, thank you for the Instagram clips. Sounds lovely!!

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I’ve really enjoyed having the DRM2 and PTDelay around for more “concrete” treatments:


Neat! I’ve been enjoying using the dual preamp module with various bits of percussion and contact mics this week. A striker of some sort in one hand and controlling pt delay time with the ctl1 touch pads in the other is very satisfying :blush:

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I’ve ordered that module! I have a couple buffers for piezos and otherwise, it’ll be nice to have this to get my outboard gear a little more integrated with the banana stuff. I’m looking forward to Tom coming back from holiday. :wink: