Yeah we were having quite a long discussion about Rings with Austin, because I really like how he uses it, and the fact that he really knows it inside out and where to find the sweet spots.
There’s really many people who use it in uninteresting ways, mostly because they are content with the superficial use one can make of it. As I was saying to him, in my opinion the thing is that:
if you take a classic analogue oscillator and just run its output into the mixer, it will sound like shit. I mean it will be totally boring, since you just get this one static buzzing sound that you can’t listen to for more than 5 seconds. This invites you to process, modulate and transform the sound. It invites you to do something with this raw matter that is the oscillator sound. With Rings you get that you can just trigger it and it will sound like something. If your expectations of a modular sound is modest and you don’t have much of a vision, then that might be enough for you. So the problem with Rings is probably that it does not force you to go deeper.
Of course there’s a bit of a hyperbole here but I guess you understand what I want to say nonetheless.