Developing Virtual Synthesizers with VCV Rack takes the reader step by step through the process of developing synthesizer modules, beginning with the elementary and leading up to more engaging examples. Using the intuitive VCV Rack and its open-source C++ API, this book will guide even the most inexperienced reader to master efficient DSP coding to create oscillators, filters, and complex modules.

Examining practical topics related to releasing plugins and managing complex graphical user interaction, with an intuitive study of signal processing theory specifically tailored for sound synthesis and virtual analog, this book covers everything from theory to practice. With exercises and example patches in each chapter, the reader will build a library of synthesizer modules that they can modify and expand.

Supplemented by a companion website, this book is recommended reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of audio engineering, music technology, computer science, electronics, and related courses; audio coding and do-it-yourself enthusiasts; and professionals looking for a quick guide to VCV Rack. VCV Rack is a free and open-source software available online.

chapter Chapter 1|15 pages

Modular Synthesis: Theory

chapter Chapter 2|58 pages

Elements of Signal Processing for Synthesis

chapter Chapter 3|17 pages

VCV Rack Basics

chapter Chapter 4|19 pages

Developing with VCV Rack

chapter Chapter 5|9 pages

The Graphical User Interface: A Quick Introduction

chapter 6|29 pages

Let’s Start Programming

The Easy Ones

chapter Chapter 7|27 pages

Getting Serious

DSP “Classroom” Modules

chapter 8|42 pages

Crunching Numbers

Advanced DSP Modules

chapter Chapter 9|16 pages

The Graphical User Interface: Creating Custom Widgets

chapter 10|28 pages

Additional Topics

chapter Chapter 11|5 pages

After Reading This Book