It’s relatively straightforward to find experience reports on using a modular system as an instrument for live performance (whether actually live or recording in the studio). I’ve had a big personal revelation with the setup of my small studio where I instead have started using the Eurorack as outboard gear. I write something live or by editing MIDI in Logic for some synth (Prophet VS, Little Phatty, whatever) and then use my Eurorack stuff to transform the sound into something more interesting. While I could of course use the existing plugins, over the past year I’ve become familiar with a whole range of synthesis techniques as well as an intimate feeling for the sound of my Eurorack modules. Nothing is going to sound quite like a QPAS, Roland 505, Erbe-Verb, Mimeophon, Serge VCM, etc.
So I’m just wondering if other people are doing this and have tips, tricks, ideas to share. One thing I’ve tried that’s simply wonderful is making a Eurorack StepFX. StepFX was/is a Camel Audio plugin now directly integrated into Logic that allows you to add animation to a track via a variety of processors at each step - great for drums, synths, etc.
Instead of using StepFX, I bus some audio (live or recorded) to my modular. I have a Korg SQ-1 clock synced via MIDI that I then use to apply some CV voltage to whatever modules I care about at whatever step I like. For example I pass bussed audio to the QPAS and use the step to change the cutoff or the resonance and then pass the stereo outs to Mimeophon (which is taking tempo from the SQ-1) and then back into my audio interface. Because the Korg SQ-1 starts when I hit record, it’s simple for me to do multiple takes where I fiddle with the CV settings until I get a result I like for the part that I’m currently working on.
Another cool one was pushing some Logic software instrument horn audio through the middle section of a Random*Source Serge VCM. This adds distortion which would make it seem unusable, but again passing this through QPAS produces a delicious rich sound - I have a feeling this is due to Harmonic distortion
Other things people are excited about and willing to share?