this is a nice summation of my favorite property of Maths and Teletype (and even Just Friends). I think Émilie has described something like it as “convexity”
My favorite thing to do with Stages is to use 3 of its stages to make an AD envelope paired with a sample and hold.
Another fun thing is to make an “ASR” but use an LFO for the sustain stage!
yeah i love this kind of language when thinking about how tools can relate. it’s really a quality i look for.
Love having Stages around but I also get anxious about under utilizing it sometimes, as is the case with other modules that can do a lot of different things. I replaced my o_C with it, and recently I’ve been using it most often as 2 simple AD envelopes because they’re super quick to set up and sound nice. I also have Zadar for modulation envelopes, Batumi and Pam for LFOs, Marbles, Teletype, and Intellijel’s Noise Tools. So sometimes I do wonder if having Stages just for simple envelopes is overkill but I haven’t been able to convince myself to get rid of it.
It’s funny–I’ve seen the exact same conversations about MATHS–people always feel that they’re under-utilizing it. Tony Rolando’s advice is to use it for anything you need–no matter how “minor”. I’ve had a few patches where MATHS was doing some complex CV manipulations to solve a big problem, but it’s mostly great for small, but essential functions. I look at Stages the same way–six super flexible function generators. It’s fantastic for small systems–exactly because you can distribute functions as needed. Amazingly, it also tracks 1V/oct, and makes a nice osc voice, especially pairing two channels and changing waveforms during a patch. Plus–cool harmonic osc, if you can spare all six channels.
maybe we should all hang a sign in our studio/bedroom/synth corner/etc that says something like
It’s okay to use a complex tool for a simple task
may also apply to the rest of our house/life/etc!
Teletype workflow, basics, and questions
I’m literally getting out a post-it right now
I totally agree with the sentiment, I think the creeping thought in modular is inherently:
“Could I use that space better?”
I feel ultra cramped in my 12u 84+HP case with what I am trying to do, but I also don’t want to go to a bigger case. I like the constraint. When I start building consistent patch networks, it’s like,
“…should I replace this Stages with a Batumi and a Doepfer sample and hold?”
The answer is likely no, but owning powerful modules that you use for simple tasks definitely creates an itch for me. For example, I think O_C is great precisely because it’s good at informing what utilities it might make sense to buy. Fortunately that’s not every module, but I feel like utilities are especially susceptible to this phenomenon - more so for multipurpose utilities.
I also think that’s the secret sauce to Intellijel’s success with their cases. Those 1u tiles can free up a lot of space for high impact modules.
yeah Maths and Stages are great for the feeling that you are missing out on some feature or functionality when i think it’s more that you are using them in the best case for your current work and Maths/Stages are incredible supple when your work starts to shift and new needs are found. like i just decided to try looping AD stages in envelopes.
i’m should get a tattoo of my er-301 and this phrase
I seriously think this could work as a series of coffee mugs. Stages, Maths, ER-301, Teletype…
Sometimes I use my E370 as a basic squarewave VCO to clock some other thing.
T shirts please!!! 20char
Had some fun exploring stages with braids in quantize mode
Sorry my camera stinks… you can’t see my patch cables. Everything on stages is patched somewhere…
Long overdue use of Stages as a sequencer.
when i’m building a patch i’m usually thinking “hey maybe i can keep three stages free and try it out as a sequencer” and that never comes true
this is very very nice
I use Stages a sequencer for Tides and AD envelope (on Braids IIRC) in this patch! Not a terribly exciting sequence, but it’s fun and cute to me!
PS: sorry for the cross-post from latest tracks, but I figured this was relevant!
You should get another one then!
I recently converted my stage sinto the ouroboros harmonic oscillator mode. Now I have a quandary.
I love having a harmonic oscillator.
I also really liked having all of the things Stages does.
So, do I get another Stages?
Do I bite the bullet and get a Verbos Harmonic Oscillator? (Are there alternatives?)
Or is there anything like Stages out there that I should consider?
Use it for AD envelopes, LFOS, maybe a more complex envelope, and occasionally SH.
Give us a demo of Stages in this mode! I’ve actually never heard the harmonic oscillator mode.