What modules did you add whilst restoring StateVariable ?
Seems there are quite a few systems being resurrected here
would love to hear more about module selection
None of the ones I added were Digisound modules so I don't know how much help I can be with module selection. My system is small, I started in the early 80s with three 80-2 VCOs, one 80-6A LP VCF, one 80-7A SVF, one 80-9 dual VCA, one 80-18 dual ADSR, the 80-1 PSU and two 80-15 DACs running from the keyboard controller and from a Tangerine computer I had at the time. I wrote lots of machine code and wanted to be Chris Franke or Thomas Dolby, so two simple subtractive voices worked fine for me and I was very happy with that set of modules. A bit later I decided I wanted to be Robin Guthrie, and later still played with making digital synths so the modular got put away.
Since I've got it out again I find I'm much more interested in playing with generative patches, algorithmic composition and more complex sounds. Here is what I've built so far to go with the originals, I kind of followed what I felt I needed to make what seemed like interesting music:
- Made the 2 DACs into a single MIDI input module with a couple of arpeggiators and simple step sequencers, so I can still play at Tangerine Dream when I want. I have an old K1 that makes a much better keyboard controller than the Digisound one and I added velocity, pichbend, mod LFO etc.
- Clouds (yes, I know). That came out of simply wanting some delay and reverb, and realising Clouds would be much cheaper to DIY than a spring reverb and a PT2399 and would be more flexible. I think it cost about £50 in the end so maybe I was wrong, but it is fantastic as a sound source so now I'm back to designing separate reverb & echo... I built it on perf board and there are a couple of pics in the DIY forum from a year or so back.
- A quad LFO that can also work as 4 AD envelopes and goes down to several minutes period. This has been a lot of fun to play with, you can set up a whole piece to evolve over a couple of mins. (Arduino based)
- An interface to an old digital drum sound module from an electronic drum kit. It just puts out very short 12v pulses when it gets gates on 9 inputs, and amplifies the output to modular levels.
- A quad Euclidian pattern generator (also Arduino based). I didn't really like the look of most of the versions that are out there, I found having numeric displays of length and density for each channel was much more useful than led matrices or circles, and I wanted VC of density. This one really is a lot
of fun to play with. It has a bunch of red 7-seg displays and looks pretty good too. I should do a write-up of it sometime.
- Output mixer with headphone amp. Much more useful than I thought it would be. I don't use the mixing aspect much but the headphone amp is great to have in the rig. I think 2 or 3 separate mixers elsewhere in the rig will be more useful.
I also find I need a bunch of passive attenuators and multiples. I'm toying with the idea of Plaits once I start my second rack, it seems very much in the Digisound spirit.
Don't know if that's any help. I love the Digisound designs and aesthetic but I don't seem to be gravitating towards more Digisound modules right now.