i’m curious about the possibilities of live patches. my main concern is, let’s say i’ve got an oscillator such as plaits which is directly sending audio to the output - will the pitch of plaits change as soon as i plug in a cable even when the other end of the cable is still hanging loose? i guess the same counts for pitch changes on clouds or rings etc.
If you unplug the cable carrying the V/O signal, yes, the oscillator will immediately change pitch. A cable hanging loose will cause the module to behave as if it was receiving 0V.
You can avoid that by using a S&H module clocked by a fast clock. Stop the clock (or unplug the clock’s cable) and the S&H will hold the CV it was receiving on the S&H CV input. Then you are free to connect another signal to the S&H CV input, and re-enable (or re-patch) the clock for the output of the S&H to let its input go through again.
You can easily use two spare channels of Stages for that
Another option: Use a crossfader (or a two-channel mixer, or a switch) the same way a DJ will play a track on a deck and prepare the next one on another deck.
Let’s say your oscillator is controlled by a CV going to the channel 1 of your mixer (gain to the maximum / channel unmuted). The output is patched to your oscillator’s V/O input. Now you want to control the pitch of the oscillator by another source… Plug this other source to the channel 2 of the mixer, and quickly mute (or attenuate) channel 1 while unmuting (or amplifying) channel 2. If you use a crossfader, you swiftly crossfade from 1 to 2. If you use a switch, you simply flip the switch to go from channel 1 to channel 2.
Now the oscillator is receiving the CV from channel 2, channel 1 is muted (or inactive), and you can prepare your next CV source to be patched into channel 1…
For 59€ this might be a very companion to your live-patching adventures!
Great idea, I use a Doepfer A151 quad sequential switch with Plaits and also use Pamela New Workout clock for trigger input on the module to split the signal and add rhythm variation. I did an experiment today patching the out from Plaits to my HexVCA and then the aux output from Plaits to the model input for a random noise generator patch. Good stuff! I also love your Kinks/Links modules super useful.