Developers Pyer and Marc Boulé have introduced Geodesics, a collection of free synth modules for VCV Rack, a free modular synthesizer.
The collection currently features four modules:
- Black Holes is 8 vcas in two groups of 4, it’s also two mixers with 4 channels each.
- Pulsars is a rotating 8 to 1 and 1 to 8 selectors with crossfades in between each signal.
- Branes is 2 groups of seven S&H driven by the same trigger source. Triggers can be summed for polyrhythmic effects.
- Ions is a two voices sequencer. While each voice has its own sequence, they can exchange their steps ‘as easily as an electron can jump from one atom to another.’
Here’s what the developers have to say about the modules:
The modules are loosely inspired by astronomic events and physical theories. The goal is just to see how science can inspire us to create new music.
?Every module must be feasible in the hardware world, interacting elements must be only knobs, buttons, LEDs and serigraphy. Right click must be avoided as much as possible
?For a more immersive concept, every parameter displayed uses terms related to the scientific phenomenon that inspires the module. It might be confusing at first but that’s
why the user manual is here.
While a lot of advanced science is involved, the final purpose is to create musical and creative instruments, effective and friendly to use.
Here’s an introduction to the modules, by Omri Cohen:
Geodesics modules are available from the VCV plugin manager. See the developer’s site for more information.