Hey everyone! I bought my first real eurorack compatible hardware semi-modular in the form of the Pittsburgh Modular Microvolt 3900, and I would like to sync it with some patches in Audulus. I am having a bit of an issue making sense of it, due to the fact that the MV has a MIDI to CV conversion interface internally, so it seems like the job of the ES-8 is (maybe) already done for me, in this form. This makes me a bit confused, as most of the forum’s hardware based posts seem to be focused on getting CV out of A3 into the physical realm, doing their thing in the hardware, and then coming around full circle back in through the interface and into the DAW.
I would like to do some cool hardware/software blended patches and record the outcome, like some of my more talented and experienced peers have done. My problem is that I seem to only be able to set up the routing of the signals so my Nektar Impact controller, connected to my Mac through USB, is routed through the MIDI out of the AudioBox with some assistance from a DAW, like Ableton Lite (which I had a heck of a time, and spent well over an hour routing and rerouting signals in the process of figuring out) or Logic, and only when the DAW is running can I get simple MiDI keyboard signals from the controller to the MVolt.
I would like to do something like sending an LFO, clock source, or patch output from A3 into my hardware, but I don’t really know where to begin, or how I might set up the signal routing in Audulus. The last thing I want to do is connect something where I shouldn’t, or incorrectly wire it up, and end up letting the magic blue smoke out of my new synth, my interface, my computer or (worst possible scenario) all of the above. I am treading very carefully due to the common sense, and also brings to mind the warning I was given by @biminiroad when he mentioned that he fried his headphone jack trying to send audio or CV into his iPad by mistake, and would prefer to avoid learning a hard lesson like this myself.
I am prepared with my multimeter and also bought a small oscilloscope which is capable of sensitivity up to 20MHz, but I still feel ill prepared to take on this challenge without the advice of greater minds than my own, and so here I am to request advice about best practices and possible limitations. Is any of what I am trying to do possible? The best I can think of would be to make a function node for the transformation of DSP into MIDI messages, but a) is this possible even?, and b) how will I go about setting up the proper signal routing? Can it be done using A3 or do I need to use the slightly limited AU of Audulus inside of my DAW, and this is the only way (if at all)? I hope some of you can advise. Thanks!