You can already use the Steam Deck as a music machine, with Bitwig Studio, VCV Rack, more

It’s a portable gaming machine – but unlike other such devices, the Steam Deck is also an open, handheld, Linux-powered computer. And you know what that means: it’s a synth and a DAW, too.

The best free tools for working with modular synthesis and music

Patching for the people – there’s no reason cost or access has to keep you from the powers and fun of modular synthesis and music making. VCV Rack’s launch this month got lots of attention, but there are other options, too. Here the latest, best picks.

Peter Kirn - December 7, 2021

Here’s a free custom VCV Rack module controlling tempo and time in Ableton Live

Now that VCV Rack Pro 2 is here, Rack works properly as a plug-in. And here’s an advanced application for it – trying new ways of working with clock and time.

Peter Kirn - December 1, 2021

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