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miRack by mifki Limited

mifki Limited released miRack, a port of VCV Rack v0.6 to iOS! VCV Rack is a virtual Eurorack modular synth, and has been extremely popular on desktops. The new iOS port arrives with a ton of modules. It supports CoreMIDI and background audio, but does not support any inter-app protocol. They are aware that this is a feature many users are demanding.

miRack App Store Description:

miRack is a Eurorack-style modular synthesizer. It aims to provide user experience and audio quality close to those of the real Eurorack hardware.

miRack is based on VCV Rack by Andrew Belt, and started in 2018 as a fork optimized for single-board computers (e.g. Raspberry Pi), touch-based devices and web. Now it's available on iOS.

The app comes with a growing collection of open-source modules that are being created by third-party developers for VCV Rack and adapted for mobile devices by miRack team.

Supports Core MIDI input and background audio mode.

Newer devices are recommended for better performance. Modules may vary greatly in CPU usage, the size of the patch your device is able run will depend on the modules used.

Brandon Dorris did a demo of the miRack with an EWI MIDI wind controller. I've embedded here a demo from the official mifki YouTube channel.

Reader Comments 17

Now all we need left for iOS is Surge!
September 18, 2019  | person Jack Frost
Hopefully it's better than the iOS port of Dexed. Also, that it can't be used as a plugin is just as frustrating on iOS as it is on a full computer, but what can you do?
September 18, 2019  | mood_bad disappearer
That’s great, some of those modules in picture looks like mutable instruments:) would be cool to have replicated real modules so one could test them out before buying. I’m recently inclined to idea of building little eurorack and that could potentially help to keep cost down when choosing right module to spend money on:) will definitely but this at payday
September 18, 2019  | person Cray23
This is extremely good news IMO. The value of owning an iPad just skyrocketed for some people out there.
September 18, 2019  | person_outline Miguel Porkloin
Hello to all!
I would like some presets!
Plan A: Dear developers, pease put some presets in order to help us absolute beginners in modular synthesizers.
Plan B: If developers do not respond then some talented individuals from iOS music brotherhood should do it.

Best regards to all!
September 18, 2019  | person_outline Anonymous 47652
To anyone new to modulars: if you can afford it, Moog Model15 is a fantastic synth for learning modular synths. This app is not well suited to that, however, the modules in this are based on real modules, so you can technically learn from youtube videos of the actual modules in action, which is cool. There are some great Mutable Instruments clones in this that offer a lot of fun... but it sort of requires that you know the basics first. Modulars are confusing as hell in the beginning.
September 19, 2019  | person_outline Miguel Porkloin
Was i the only one who thought dexd was unstable? maybe i was impatient but i did not enjoy that app. Regarding the dev knowing we need a method of connections , I hope they plan to implementing it asap. Its not a selfish request, its a standard basic function like ableton link. IOS production is far too convoluted without standards.
September 19, 2019  | person_outline Cyp3
There are now a couple modular environments for iOS.

VCV for desktop has had quite a bit of buzz over on the big synth forum.

Perhaps someone will do a head-to-head comparison of the different modulars for iOS.

One thing that has prevented me from getting over the initial learning curve is that the kinds of things I might want to make would either be impossible or impractical.
September 19, 2019  | favorite_border stub
Here;'s a pretty decent beginner's guide to modular synths... using VCRack!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NunMnOxjtY
September 19, 2019  | favorite_border Tony
I like this and will probably buy it for fun, but I still prefer the elegance and programmability of Audulus.
September 19, 2019  | person somnambulist
Regarding Dexed Synth: unfortunately that one was unstable from day one. I used to be in contact with the dev for a while (which basically meant he flooded me with complaints about how hard it is to be an iOS developer while releasing some minor improvements to the app). I haven’t heard from him for a while now, and there were no further updates, so I guess he might have dropped the app by now. Quite a pity imho, because the app really has some potential...
September 19, 2019  | person_outline Granthafen
This brings back memories of the old modular app from Pulse Code. They were ahead of the curve a little with that one. Shame they didn't add more modules to it before abandoning it.
September 19, 2019  | person Bob
Remember Modular Synthesizer by Code Pulse?
https://discchord.com/appDB/id599439196
For some reason it has been pulled from iTunes.
It’s still on my iPad, but not sure if it will be there after a restore.
September 19, 2019  | person Marcel
This looks very cool and yet at the same time i don’t think i can afford spending three months of learning how to create rhythmic digital farts sounds with this synth 😉 Would love to be able to, but can’t afford the time. Too high of a learning curve i fear.
September 19, 2019  | person_outline Dutchee
@Marcel. The Pulse Code apps are still accessible from the Purchases section of my account (for now anyway). Looking into the news of Pulse Code's disappearance let me know that Rhythm Studio and modular both got updates a couple of years ago giving them 64-bit support.

I had an old version of modular on my iPad and because the apps have been pulled, it wasn't showing any updates. So I downloaded the latest version in iTunes and synced it across to update.
September 20, 2019  | person Bob
On September 19, 2019 - @Cyp3 said:
Was i the only one who thought dexd was unstable? maybe i was impatient but i did not enjoy that app. Regarding the dev knowing we need a method of connections , I hope they plan to implementing it asap. Its not a selfish request, its a standard basic function like ableton link. IOS production is far too convoluted without standards.

I didn’t even bother buying it. It looked like an example of money-making opportunism with open source software, badly ported to iOS. The GUI was fine in the original and could have been adapted to iOS without wrecking the GUI with flat fad bullshit. The statements in the release info also looked appallingly like unfinished software from someone unwilling to do the whole job before asking for money. I respect developers who respect users. The Dexed port looked like something else.
September 21, 2019  | person dysamoria
On September 19, 2019 - @Bob said:
This brings back memories of the old modular app from Pulse Code. They were ahead of the curve a little with that one. Shame they didn't add more modules to it before abandoning it.

Pulse Code was another developer that didn’t want to do things the right way...
September 21, 2019  | person dysamoria
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