VCV Rack Alternatives

    VCV Rack is described as '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'. There are more than 10 alternatives to VCV Rack for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is Pure Data, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like VCV Rack are SunVox (Freemium), SuperCollider (Free, Open Source), Reaktor (Freemium) and Max/MSP (Paid).

    This page was last updated Oct 23, 2021

    1. Visual programming software to build your own synthesizer.
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    2. The GSN COMPOSER is a free web-based visual programming environment for online multimedia processing. Typical areas of usage are education, research, entertainment, special effects, or arts.

    3. Modular synthesizer built with Nim.
    4. Softube Modular is a flexible, cross-platform synthesizer modeled after hardware modular synths featuring authorized emulations of modules from well known hardware Eurorack brands.
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      Overtone is an open source audio environment designed to explore new musical ideas from synthesis and sampling to instrument building, live-coding and collaborative jamming.
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    5. Multiphonics CV-1 is a powerful platform for assembling and playing patches. With a simple and straightforward interface, Multiphonics is a fast and efficient creation tool for musicians and sound designers. It is also a great learning environment for newcomers.
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    6. Node-based real-time audio synthesizer.
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    7. I wanted to build a music creation tool that is easy to use, accessible and free. Zupiter is a synthesizer and step-sequencer that runs in a browser, meaning you don't even need to download and install any software to use it.
    8. KarmaFX Synth Modular 2 is an advanced and highly flexible Simulated Analog Modular Synthesizer and Effect Unit.
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    9. Automatonism is a modular synthesiser that runs in the open source programming language Pure Data. It features a large library of 81 modules (version 2.1).
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