Modular software & programmingMaxMSP, Reaktor, Pure Data, Jeskola BUZZ, and other modular programs. Any questions relating to these programs (patching, favorite ensembles) should be posted in this forum.
It's a free virtual eurorack, currently in beta, that works as as standalone. Sources are available too, so if you are into C++ programming you might be interested. You can download it for Windows, macOS and Linux platforms.
I was curious about modular synthesis so I gave it a try (cause its free...), and if you know your basic of sound synthesis, it is really easy to use. Plus, you can find really good tutorials on youtube.
The only drawbacks are that for the moment you can't use it in your DAW as a VST (this feature is coming soon apparently), and there is no midi mapping (except for a keyboard), so once your patch is ready, if you want to play a little bit with the knobs, you got to do everything with the mouse... But hey, it's beta!
I'm not a specialist of modular systems so I can't compare the sound of VCV to real Eurorack systems, but all the module are based on real world modules, and to me, that sounds great.
Finally I can get those random blip blips and zbouibilliby without spending all my money!
Awesome stuff! The Mutable Instruments modules are amazing!
I thought about routing an analog clock signal into VCV Rack using my interface and the 'Audio Interface' module (patch to 'External Clock Input' on the Sequencer modules) in order to achieve tempo sync.
Apparently the audio inputs are not functioning, yet. No tempo sync in rhe current version.
Really looking forward to the VST version of this! Was thinking about getting Softube Modular, but the constant buying of new additional modules is something I wouldn't like to get into. VCV looks like it could become an awesome alternative! I would gladly give them some money if they get a VST version to work...
but the constant buying of new additional modules is something I wouldn't like to get into.
Try getting into real modular
I've been following this, as I think the idea is great and the execution looks pretty slick as well, but have yet to try it out. Likely will give it a spin the next time I'm away from my rig and I want to play with some modular ideas.
I haven't tried softtube, but I've been using Reaktor Blocks a TON recently in an instrumental rock project I'm in. Although Reaktor is not free, the concept is the same. The ability to quickly create semi random sequences that sound GREAT, and organically change over time has really produced some very interesting ideas. A bit of a CPU hog though, I wonder how VCV is in that regard. Once VCV gets a vst version going, this may slide its way into my workflow.
Haha, tbh looking at my plugin addiction and my wallet I'm really glad and thankful that the only hardware I'm interested in is of the MIDI controller type Thinking about buying a Linnstrument and some Roli blocks right now, though
Real modules based on Arduinos, inexpensive, fun and DIY
here's a first draft of a simple Oscillator made in Arduino, routed into VCV Rack and Sequenced with BeatStep together with VCO-1.
features implemented so far:
-Sine, Saw, Square, Triangle Waveforms, selectable with pushbutton
-Coarse and Fine Pots
-CV IN (not really V/Oct)
I totally believe this is a gateway drug designed by the Evil Eurorack Manufacturers Cartel.
on the other hand, if you want to really dig deep into sound design, it helps you 1] learn, 2] plan so you don't end up buying N times more stuff than you need and 3] not buy at all, merely run the same thing on your computer.