I just pushed a little new plugin to beta, named Cardinal.
It is not your typical plugin, it requires the use of a desktop application/plugin to actually make it do something.
You can find more information about the project here https://github.com/DISTRHO/Cardinal
In short, this is a free and opensource plugin version of VCV Rack, but fully self-contained.
It does not load external modules or connect to the VCV library, the modules you can use are all built-in (around 624 right now).
If you are not aware or never heard of Rack, it is a basically virtual modular synth, following a eurorack-style workflow approach.
The MOD plugin acts as a remote listener (though only the first instance), mostly because I couldn’t make the full GUI work on the browser, not yet anyway. When you run the native/desktop version of Cardinal on your PC you can use the File->Deploy to MOD option (or F7 key) to push the current patch to the MOD unit via USB.
A screenshot is taken from the desktop view and sent over to the MOD side too, so it can be displayed on the modgui, serving as a preview of the patch.
The intention here is to have it alike the MOD, where you build stuff with your PC connected, but can save patches on the unit and then use if offline without the PC connected.
With Cardinal you can use plugin presets to save and later recall your patches. There is a “comment” section as a helper to leave arbitrary notes, and the patch screenshot is also saved in the plugin preset.
It is not the typical workflow, but I am curious to know if it is easy enough to understand.
If you want to try it out, make sure to install 1.11.2 first, as otherwise the plugin will crash when receiving a patch from the desktop side.
Checkout this wiki page for instructions on installing the Cardinal desktop version.
Since Cardinal is a sorta VCV Rack special variant, pretty much what applies to one applies to the other. The way to add modules, connect cables, etc
I will be documenting the Cardinal specific modules in the next few days.
A very cool bonus is that sharing a pedalboard containing Cardinal will, for obvious reason, contain the patch you are using with it. Which makes it quite handy to share and download patches from the community, as it all goes through the pedalboard feed.
As a test you can try to load this pedalboard testing generating sinewave - MOD Devices that outputs a simple sine wave. The 1st parameter of Cardinal controls the frequency of the sine.
Have fun and let me know what you think about the whole thing!
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PS: The plugin is called “Cardinal Mini” because it is the first variant of 2 pushed to MOD. This one has only 2 IO plus MIDI. Later I will make a bigger version with 8 audio IO plus 10 CV IO, also with MIDI.