LWM Rack is a virtual Eurorack system of modular synthesis that was designed in Pure Data. Using the open source programming environment Pure Data, Dr. Lawrence W. Moore has developed a system composed of a variety of virtual synthesizer modules that functions in a way similar to Eurorack. Euorack modules tend to be rather expensive and building a modular synthesizer that has a good deal of functionality can cost one thousands of dollars. Dr. Moore has employed his knowledge of PD to create a system whereby modules can be added to a virtual rack, patched together in a number of different ways, and function with flexibility. One can decide which modules to combine together and how to patch them together. When patching, one need only save the patch window to save the modules and rack design. Additionally, the parameters that one sets in each of the modules also gets saved, so one has the ability to save both the rack design as well as the settings in the modules.
LWM Rack is an open project that allows for others to contribute and make their own versions, changes, and developments within the system. LWM Rack is released under the GPL 3 license. Dr. Moore only asks that proper credit be given to his contribution in designing the system and basic modules. Working with LWM Rack is not only a way to find a virtual and free way to work with the flexibility of modular synthesis, but it is also a good educational experience. One can learn a lot about Pure Data as well as synthesis by watching the videos and learning about the system.
One should begin with the first video in the series to learn the system and watch the others in order as new features and modules are added.
- This software is made for use with PD Vanilla