Analogue synthesisers are responsible for some of the most iconic and strange music of the past 50 years, but they’re pretty hard to get started with, both from a complexity and cost perspective. VCV Rack changes at least the second part of that equation: it’s a free simulation of a whole rack of synthesiser components, which you’re encouraged to wire up and twiddle with exactly as you wish.
VCV Rack’s community is perhaps its finest asset, as synth enthusiasts have put together a host of free modules emulating real-world hardware, all available through the app itself. What’s more, while there are plenty of specific Rack tutorials online, VCV’s emulation of proper components means you can follow just about any guide to analogue synthesisers to get started. Enjoy making beep and bloops, but be careful of your speakers – things might get rough…
rack attack Create weird and wonderful sounds with this real-world synth simulator.