MATRIXSYNTH: VCV Rack vs Hardware: is there a difference? Testing Mutable Instruments Clouds, Rings and Elements

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

VCV Rack vs Hardware: is there a difference? Testing Mutable Instruments Clouds, Rings and Elements


Published on Nov 29, 2017 loopop

"One of the really interesting things about VCV Rack in my view is, besides being open source and free, that it comes with free versions of Mutable Instruments’ modules, some of the most sought after and successful eurorack modules. Controversially, Olivier (Mutable CEO) has decided to discontinue some of the most successful ones… yet the most admirable thing he does is to open source the code for his modules, so they have the potential to live on and evolve forever.

The big question I had is, how do they compare to the real thing? If the differences are small or even unnoticeable, VCVRack can become very disruptive.

I picked three of his most beautifully sounding modules (in my view of course…) Elements, Rings and Clouds (which is has been discontinued!) – and I compare the sound of the hardware to that of the software. These modules are digital, so they have a good chance of sounding similar, but DAC and other hardware magic or software tweaks might make a difference."

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