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This week, I'd like to direct you to an article by Ted Pallas about VCV Rack found in the Create Digital Music eMagazine (CDM.link). The article, A guide to VCV Rack, a software Eurorack modular you can use for free, is a comprehensive article about the open-source Eurorack emulation, VCV Rack. The software is still in beta (v. 0.5.0), however it has developed a significant following that includes myself.
I've been active in the beta development of this software since version 0.3.2 and implemented it in an 8th-grade piano/keyboard and music technology classroom as a means to teach synthesis and sound design. My reason for this implementation was to facilitate student creativity using sound design. I prefaced the lessons with introductions to sci-fi sound design with my students, especially those heard in the Star Wars franchise, and robot/mech sounds. The goal was for students to program sequences using VCV Rack, especially sequences that sounded otherworldly. Along the way, students learned fundamentals of audio signal flow, control voltage and gate functions, and how to illustrate their patches in a diagram (check out the attached work samples). I'm currently developing a curriculum based on and expanding on the lessons. Stay tuned!
The above-mentioned article featured several of my students' works. Please visit my SoundCloud station for these and other examples of my students' works.