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Download a free open-source modular synth

VCV Rack is an affordable way to learn modular synthesis

Download a free open-source modular synth from VCV. The new software lets users patch together virtual modules in a Rack environment. Similar to Softube’s Modular plugin, users can download extra modules based on popular units such as Mutable Instruments and Befaco. Maybe they’ll introduce the space-inspired Qu-bit Pulsar soon. If you’ve been intrigued by modular synthesis but don’t want to invest just yet, it’s a good way to get to grips with the theories.

If you’re missing the hands-on nature of modular synths, you can hook up your MIDI controller and map to any parameter or simply use your mouse to perform. A DAW-compatible version is coming soon. The original download comes with eight modules to whet your appetite and if you’re thirsty for more, you can download extra modules for free from the VCV website. Who knows, you may end up with a studio like Deadmau5.