spaceblankets: an algorithmic drum machine for VCV, designed for mixer controllers

spaceblankets

algorithmic drum machine for VCV based around Mutable Grids & euclidean rhythms.

A drum machine inspired by my use of Cyrene on Norns, which was heavily inspired by Mylar Melodies. Weirdly, VCV is the only software implementation of Grids I’ve found that has swing, so I decided to make this in VCV. I think it turned out really playable and fun.

Everything except the HOST-FX module is free - you can substitute that for any effect you like, or simply remove it.

Prerequisites:

Use: 6 drum channels, with 4 parameters each, plus a master channel, also with 4 parameters.

  • CHANNEL 1: Plaits’ analog kick model. Parameters: level, decay, pitch, Grids channel 1 density.
  • CHANNEL 2: Plaits’ analog snare model, processed by Vult Wolv. Parameters: level, decay, pitch, Grids channel 2 density.
  • CHANNEL 3: Plaits’ analog hi-hat model. Parameters: level, decay, pitch, Grids channel 3 density.
  • Channel 4: 909 open hat sample. Parameters: level, decay, pitch, Euclidean density (length 8)
  • CHANNEL 5: 909 crash sample. Parameters: level, decay, pitch, Euclidean density (length 32)
  • CHANNEL 6: Vult Trummor 2 tom. Parameters: level, decay, pitch, Euclidean density (length 32)

TODO (please contribute!)

  • a better name lol
  • clearer documentation

Download

v1.1.0 GitHub - zbsfm/Spaceblankets

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random beat made with the patch in a couple minutes:

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Updated to a more sensible version, with reduced dependencies, now with synthesized drums. Jam with 1.1:

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A full improvised track using spaceblankets and one modular voice: https://zbs.fm/audio/suzy-01.mp3

I added some stock VCV delays and changed the mixer send structure very slightly - I’ll push a change once it’s just right.

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