It's one of the great coulda-beens in synth history that the 1/10 -1x switches on the Roland 700 VCOs modulation inputs were not appreciated more and didn't become common on all module types. For filters too the switches woulda-been great. Some were modded for this.Synthbuilder wrote: ↑Sat Jun 06, 2020 2:33 pmOne thing that bugs me about the module is that the CV inputs are only 1V/octave at their maximum settings. It would be nice to have at least one of the CV inputs to be more sensitive so you can get really big sweeps from envelopes that have a 0V to 5V output.
I remember reading -or a video?- of STG talking about making sure at least one his filter mod inputs had a larger range. I think he said 2x. He gets it.
The ability to quickly switch the range of sliders or knobs is a huge benefit to effective patching. Like so many other great ideas from early modulars it's fallen away under economic and 'societal' pressures. Can't really blame the ones creating the IMO misplaced pressure. They don't know what they don't know.
People don't even know what they're mssing. Fiction evolves around vintage mojo with magic parts, when often times it's just a simple topology choice. Single control inputs replacing triples is another lost opportunity. Stack cables don't give the same result.
Fortunately 1/10 attenuating patch cables are easily made, and the wrong use of shield in most systems means it doesn't hurt the way it would if shield was really shield, instead of the much more common 0v. But amplifying patchcords are noticeably more rare! At least now that there's only one control jack. We used to just double patch a control input for a x2 amplification.
The sad after-effect of these kinds of choices=losses is a certain belief -and unfortunate end-result reality- about which modules do best, and it misses what simpler modules could do if-when the restraints on their architecture is removed. The needed conversation never happens, because too many don't realize there's even a conversation to be had.