Modular synthesizers, with their great quantity of knobs and switches and their reputedly insatiable urge for food for patch cables, are superb examples of over-complexity — the most productive more or less complexity, in our view. Play with a synthesizer lengthy sufficient and also you get started pondering that any more or less sound is imaginable, restricted simplest via your creativeness in hooking up the more than a few oscillators, filters, and envelope turbines. And the aforementioned patch cables, in fact, which can be at all times briefly provide.
Luckily, despite the fact that, patch cables and the modules they attach can also be virtualized, and in his 2021 Remoticon workshop, (*12*) Foote confirmed us all of the techniques VCV Rack can emulate modular synthesizers proper for your laptop’s desktop. The workshop concerned about VCV Rack, the place Eurorack-style synthesizer modules are graphically introduced in a configurable rack and patched in combination identical to bodily synth modules could be.
John began out with a easy instance the use of probably the most elementary of synth modules: a voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO), a voltage-controlled filter out (VCF), and an envelope generator. Along with a couple of home tasks modules to power the pc’s soundcard and to use the keyboard as, smartly, a keyboard, contributors had been ready to temporarily bring together their digital synthesizers. More advanced tools can also be constructed up from actually hundreds of to be had modules — some loose, some open supply, and a few top class modules to be had for a cheap value.
Hats off to (*12*) for a super workshop and dealing with my off-the-cuff query about reproducing the “Sound of the 80s” query with aplomb. It became out no longer to be imaginable with the inventory VCV Rack modules, nevertheless it nonetheless reminded us a little of the gated reverb drum sound of “In the Air Tonight” and different classics. Make positive you take a look at no longer simplest the video of the workshop however the (*3*)workshop web page too, which has all of the main points you wish to have to get began with your individual digital synthesizer.