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VCV Rack
 

 
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VCV Rack is an open source virtual modular synthesizer. - Modules used should be limited to what is publicly available.
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  1. How to Install Modules
  2. Video Tutorials
  3. MIDI Conversion
  4. Polyphony
  5. See Also
VCV Rack is an open source virtual modular synthesizer. While it is supported by Windows, OSX, and Linux, there are only 64bit versions.

Modules used should be limited to what is publicly available.

In 2021 this format's point type was changed from Mixist to the new Signalist class.

How to Install Modules



Installing extra modules requires a user account with the VCV Rack website. Once you have that you can login inside the VCV Rack application and use the Plugin Manager (the "Manage Plugins" button is located at the top of the app). It should take you to the website. On the Plugins Manager page add all the free bundles to your cart and checkout. Go back to VCV Rack and click the "Update Plugins" button.

Video Tutorials



Omri Cohen's series of VCV Rack tutorials
Basics #1
- Basics #2
- Basics #3
- Your first minutes + Beginner's Patches


BoBeats' tutorial


MIDI Conversion



While the ideal workflow for modular is generally to do work directly with the modules, as that makes a more intuitive way of synchronizing signals, there is a free module that takes a midi file and converts it into a piano-roll style sequencer which is saved in vcv rack's save data. https://library.vcvrack.com/squinkylabs-plug1/squinkylabs-sequencer

Additionally, there is a paid module with a more complete piano-roll style editor, that has a free variant to allow for playback by users who don't own the paid version: http://entrian.com/audio/entrian-free.html

Polyphony



Many modules in vcv support polyphonic cables, which carry multiple cv values simultaneously, which is generally used to play chords. VCV's merge module can be used to merge multiple signals into a polyphonic one, and the split module can split them up. however, the output from these polyphonic modules is usually broken unless you then directly plug them output into VCV's SUM module.

See Also



https://vcvrack.com/ - official site
https://vcvrack.com/plugins.html - Plugin Manager