The matter is simple: a modular synthesizer with all of the necessities can cost us a lot of money; and in my particular case, the import of components to my country (Chile) is very expensive, which has led me to stop the construction of some more complex modules.
Luckily there is the virtual alternative, which is not the same as twisting a real knob but allows us infinite exploration in the world of modular sound.
The VCV Rack software is free (open source) and includes many modules to download. Others can be purchased from its creators (the price is very low) and there are also donations to support a vast library of constantly growing modules. Best of all, it is available for Mac, Windows and Linux, only in 64-bit architecture.
I'm using it on a 64-bit HP laptop, 2.8 GHz processor and 6 gigabytes of RAM running Linux Ubuntu 18.04 and it works wonders.
There is also a web page with tutorials and patches that you can download to begin to understand the workflow of VCV Rack, which is not as complicated as it seems. Plus if we make any errors we will not pay with the destruction of an electronic component; it will simply indicate to us that there it is not possible to connect one module with another.
I think it is a good alternative to know in depth the modular synthesis and to be encouraged in the future to acquire a physical device.
Here I share all the necessary links:
Official website: https://vcvrack.com/
Online manual: https://vcvrack.com/manual/About.html
Patches and more: https://patchstorage.com/platform/vcv-rack/
Beginner Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NunMnOxjtY&t
Thanks, Eduardo! I've tried installing and running this on my Linux system a couple of times in the past but it has never worked for me. Currently running Lubuntu 16.04 on a 64 bit PC. Maybe I need to upgrade to 18.04. Anyway, from what I can tell this is a pretty cool synth. I might give it another try.
Insurance!. In addition there is a lot of information online to solve doubts
Thanks for the other links! I've got this program already a while on my laptop, but so far I had no time to start noodling with it.
And a tutorial from Bobeats... one of my favorite YouTube personalities.
Or download my first patch for free in:
Nice article Eduardo. I got into VCV Rack a couple months ago. Unfortunately, the temporary laptop I'm using doesn't allow me to record the results so I've set it asisde until I get my desktop back up anbdb running. I wholeheartedly recommend this software package.
Excellent Dave! in Laptops with more than 2.3 GHz works even better.
Wow! This is really cool.
cool and free ;)
Two of my favorite things!
Very interesting! Thanks Eduardo!
I've been tinkering a bit with this piece of software and I quite like it. Thank you for sharing!
This is the kind of thing that makes me marvel at the generosity and passion of electronic instrument makers and musicians. It's a great way to dip into modular without spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars. I need to check it out. It will probably improve my skills with modular quite a bit.
I think the same that you. I started using it recently (4 months approximately), but the results obtained are very good, it is addictive. Greetings.
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