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Version 1.0 of the VCV Rack 1.0.0 virtual modular synthesizer has launched

over 3 years ago by IanDorfman

The popular open-source virtual modular synthesizer VCV Rack has just publicly released version 1.0.

Some of the major new features highlighted on the official website's 1.0 release page include:

• Polyphony: Use up to 16 voices with the full flexibility of modular patching. Cables automatically turn polyphonic when requested by MIDI modules, sequencers, etc.

• MIDI output: Control MIDI hardware with Rack modules. New modules include CV-GATE for drum machines, CV-MIDI for desktop synths, and CV-CC for Eurorack interfaces.

• MIDI mapping: Control knobs, buttons, and sliders directly from a MIDI controller. Using the new MIDI-MAP module, click a virtual parameter and move a hardware control to create a mapping.

• Module Browser. Search, filter, and view modules in your collection. Click and drag to directly place modules in the rack.

• Multi-core engine: Use multiple CPU threads to maximize the number of modules. Accelerated polyphonic engines on many VCV and third-party modules.

Though these are what the website highlights, there are plenty of other enhancements, additional features, and fixes made in this release, all of which are covered by the official change log on GitHub.

Further coverage: Version 1.0 changelog Unofficial guide to the Rack v1 Changelog MusicTech

VCV Rack iconVCV Rack
  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux

VCV Rack is a modular synthesizer inspired by Eurorack systems. It acts a host for virtual modules which perform various audio processes. E.G. oscillators, filters, envelope generators, sequencers and more that can be connected freely in almost limitless combinations.