I had a VM for quite some time, sold it and later regretted selling it.
Though the reasons that lead me to sell it are still kind of valid. My main gripes with it are basically these:
- it’s one of those modules that I can either use in a very limited way or need a cheat sheet for
- I really missed the lack of pressure sensitivity
- the lack of a “slew” setting for the outputs
But to be more specific this is how I was using it:
- as a keyboard to play pitches on the modular. This was my main use and the reason I got it in the first place. I like the idea of having something physical to interact with and the VM ticked a lot of boxes. In this mode I was using only 1 or 2 of the outputs, and as mentioned earlier, having pressure (and maybe another parameter that one can control independently from the pads) would have made this so much more interesting.
- as a way to move between configurations of a patch. This is was think the main point of the VM at its inception. It’s very useful and the 6 outputs really give you enough options to do complex things with it. That’s the part I miss more I guess.
- as a sequencer. There’s not a lot of sequencers that give you 6 parameters per step (except of course the Teletype!). The only limitation of it being that the 6 parameters are not 6 tracks, so you can’t trigger them independently.
I guess the thing is that the VM was born as a way to store and recall voltages (as the name implies) and then, with time grew into being various other things: keyboard controller, sequencer, arpeggiator, etc.) This of course explains some UI oddities and feature limitations in some of the modes, and also why the whole UI might feel a bit convoluted at the beginning.
Despite of all of this, I would still buy one again. I’m also looking at smaller, more keyboard oriented alternatives, but it has to be said that the VM has a very “playable” size, which is important, since the capacitive surfaces don’t offer as much tactile feedback as something like a piano keyboard, and hence they are hard to use at small sized imho.