VCV Rack 2.5 released

VCV Rack 2.5 stackable cables

VCV Rack 2.5 Free and Pro have been released, bringing several features requested by users to our support team.

Stackable inputs

Since Rack 0.4, users have enjoyed stacking multiple cables on output ports to copy signals into multiple inputs. Now in Rack 2.5, you can plug multiple cables into the same input port.

Voltages are summed, which is useful behavior for all types of signals:

  • audio is mixed like a unity mixer, so you can hear both sounds simultaneously.
  • CV is combined linearly, so each signal equally offsets the modulated parameter.
  • 1V/octave pitches are added, so you can offset a melody or chord with a changing root note to transpose.
  • gates/triggers are logically combined with an “OR” gate.

Combining polyphonic (fat cable) signals works as expected by summing each channel’s voltage. A monophonic signal stacked with polyphonic signals copies the monophonic voltage to all polyphonic channels.

Note: If you use real hardware synthesizers, we don’t recommend stacking/combining multiple physical cables into the same input port, unless supported by the manufacturer. In some cases, this may damage your hardware. It is perfectly safe to do this in VCV Rack though!

Custom cable colors

Customize VCV Rack’s cable colors with the new View > “Cable colors” menu.

You can also disable auto-rotation of cable colors, if you prefer to create cables by right-clicking ports and selecting “New cable”.

New user data location

Rack’s “user folder” is automatically moved to

  • Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/Rack2
  • Windows: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Rack2
  • Linux: ~/.local/share/Rack2

This fixes most issues related to folder permissions and cloud storage like OneDrive and iCloud.

You can open Rack’s user folder by clicking Help > “Open user folder” in Rack.

For a complete list of new features and bug fixes, read the Rack changelog.

Download VCV Rack and contact VCV Support to request features and report bugs.

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