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Best quad VCA

Post by GIUFJ » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:01 am

Helle fellow patchers.

I‘M looking for a good quality VCA. I am looking at MI, Intellijel and Doepfer quads.
I want a fairly clean result, not too much colouring of the sound.

I’d like your thoughts and experiences on the matter.
Do you ever use the pots? Or would the 8 slim version from doepfer with no pots be fine 9 out of 10 times?
Or 2 1u intellijels?
I don’t need it to double as an audio mixer. I’ve got enough of those. My case is linked below, if you want to see the rack I want the VCA’s for.

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Re: Best quad VCA

Post by helix » Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:41 am

I've got a Veils and a Doepfer a 135-2. Both are great. The veils is better as it's got potentiometer for response curve. This is super handy and i use it a lot, i wish the doepfer had the same. Setting to fully exponential also adds a lot of gain, but can make a sound a bit distorted.

That said, if you are planning to not need that, the doepfer is great and doesn't colour the sound. The Veils will colour the sound at high levels, but that's nice.

I do use the offset/initial gains often, but it depends on the patch. I'm glad to have both!

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Re: Best quad VCA

Post by GIUFJ » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:06 am

cheers Helix

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Re: Best quad VCA

Post by helix » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:19 am

I actually got my doepfer one to use as an audio mixer. i replaced the regular a138b i had as i was using VCA's before going into it. So i just didnt need the 138 after i got it. Saved me space. You might find you dont end up needing one of your mixers for audio use when you get one of these. :sb: Personally i wish i'd never got any mixers that didn't have VC over levels in them, as what's the harm in having the option? you might not need it in one patch, or most, but when you do, it's great to have. ( i know it makes it more expensive obviously) I've got some other passive mixers with attenuators i might just get rid to make more space for another quad vca mixer.

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Re: Best quad VCA

Post by GIUFJ » Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:18 pm

I think I'll try out the doepfer
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Re: Best quad VCA

Post by xcc » Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:24 pm

I’d highly recommend the ALM Tangle Quartet. A bit smaller, very clean.

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Re: Best quad VCA

Post by dros3raq » Sun Mar 22, 2020 4:39 pm

Strange Science Instruments M4 Mixer is the best i've encountered. Intelligel Quad Vca is pretty good too.

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Re: Best quad VCA

Post by sendepause » Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:13 pm

L1 quad via is the beste there is.

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Re: Best quad VCA

Post by luchog » Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:29 pm

I currently use the Bubblesound VCA4p. Fairly clean, and having the linear/expo switch on each VCA makes it nicely flexible. Also has a mix out along with the individual outs, and decent ergonomics.

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Re: Best quad VCA

Post by exper » Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:25 pm

The intellijel Quad VCA is super clean, has no bleed, is super flexible and sounds great. highly recommended.
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Re: Best quad VCA

Post by greyscales » Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:03 pm

Intellijel Quad VCA is solid and clean (though you can push it with the boost switches).

If you don't need the offsets, ALM Tangle Quartet would be a better option for the hp. I'll probably make that swap at some point.

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Re: Best quad VCA

Post by jhjopq » Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:41 am

sendepause wrote:
Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:13 pm
L1 quad via is the beste there is.
I am also very happy with the L-1 Quad VCA. I like the feel and the output selection is good.

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Re: Best quad VCA

Post by BTG » Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:49 pm

L-1 Quad -- super clean, but lin/exp is via dip switches or switches on back and lacks variable curve
Veils -- lin/exp, 12 hp, gain for days
Intellijel Quad VCA -- 12 hp, variable response curve, max of 6dB boost (vs 30+ dB on Veils)
Tangle Quartet -- sounds great, linear only, only 8hp
Cwejman VCA-4mx -- similar to L1-Quad (or vice versa), no control over lin/exp response curve
Doepfer A-135-2 -- very small (8 hp), linear only, cramped

I personally use Veils for everything
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Re: Best quad VCA

Post by atrostor » Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:08 pm

BTG wrote:
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:49 pm
Tangle Quartet -- sounds great, linear only, only 10hp
Tangle Quartet is 8hp, to fix that for you.

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Re: Best quad VCA

Post by megarat » Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:28 pm

I currently use an Intellijel Quad VCA and an ALM Tangle Quartet. They're both great, no complaints on either one.

That said, I'm excited for Doepfer's imminent release of the A-130-8. I might replace my Tangle Quartet with one of those to free up a couple of HP and get some additional no-frills linear VCAs.

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Re: Best quad VCA

Post by cg_funk » Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:25 am

I really like MI Blinds. It's so super versatile, although it's a bit hard to zero out. However I don't use it to mute channels so that's not an issue for me.

Otherwise, yeah Intellijel QuadVCA will do the trick, the exp/lin knob is great for fine-tuning the response.

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Re: Best quad VCA

Post by Chopper » Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:08 pm

Veils for me. And I tried a few. All the options I need plus the gain is brilliant.

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