Vitaly Pronkin has released miRack, a new software modular synthesizer platform for the iPad.
miRack started out as a fork of VCV Rack – a multi-platform software synth that’s inspired by Eurorack modular synthesizers. The original goal was to improve performance and make it usable on cheap computer boards like the Raspberry Pi.
Along the way, Pronkin decided that the iPad would be an ideal platform for the project:
“It was clear that a touch screen is much better suited for dragging virtual cables between modules and for using knobs and other controls than a mouse, and also that there’s no need to build hardware when there are iPads with big screens and fast CPUs.”
Here’s an unofficial video demo, via VCV Rack Ideas:
Update: Asnotes in the comments, miRack is not a port of VCV Rack, it’s a new app that began as a fork of the VCV Rack code. Because it’s a fork, it has features that are not available in VCV Rack, and vice versa.
Also, CDM’s Peter Kirn raises the question of licensing. We reached out to VCV Rack developer Andrew Belt for comment, and he told us, “I believe his project is kosher now, although he had to resolve a few IP issues with graphics and assets from Grayscale, Befaco, Synthesis Technology, and others.”
Pricing and Availability
miRack is available now for US $7.99 in the App Store.
If you’ve used miRack, leave a comment and share your thoughts on it!