Make Original Music With VCV Rack
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VCV RACK Download it from www.vcvrack.com. FOR FANS OF BEAUTIFUL ELECTRONIC MUSIC and brain-melting honking noises alike, there’s nothing quite like a modular analog synth. The concept behind them is reasonably simple. Start with a signal voltage, generated by an oscillator. Send that voltage through a bunch of modules, each of which subtracts or alters the original waveform, changing its sound. By the time your adulterated voltage reaches the speaker output, you’ll (theoretically) have made it into something unique, and the possibilities afforded by modular synthesis—the inputs, outputs, and expandable structure—mean there’s an endless variation of possible results.
VCV Rack faithfully emulates proper analog synth equipment, to the extent that some manufacturers of real-world modules have created their own virtual equivalents, so close to the originals that patches—configurations of knobs and switches, which create a particular sound—can be faithfully recreated in Rack from the physical hardware. That said, nothing’s ever 100 percent accurate with analog synthesis, and nothing’s ever set in stone. You may never find the same sound twice, but the journey to get there is great fun. Just be careful of your speakers, because you never know what noise you’re going to make....