We are delighted to announce the launch of the public beta of Surge XT, a new collection of modules for VCV Rack, derived from the free and open source Surge XT VST synthesiser.
In conjunction with our launch day, we’re thrilled that Omri Cohen has chosen to make a video which highlights the collection and gives a great overview of the modules.
The collection is large - 36 modules with many VCOs and FX, a Filter with multiple types, a Waveshaper, a Mixer with built-in noise and ring mod, a clocked LFOxEG and a Mod Matrix (more on that below). Surge XT can exist side-by-side with the old surge modules, but is intended to replace them in every way.
The new release highlights several big chunks of work:
• It includes all the DSP work, FX creation, Oscillator creation, and other investment we’ve made in Surge between version 1.7 3 years ago and XT 1.1.2 today
• It features a professional design by @steve (MindMeld) and @pyer (Geodesics, VCV), which makes it feel like a coherent and consistent set of Rack modules, including features like skin and color selection
• It has a novel approach to modulation, which is highlighted in Omri’s video, where each module contains a many-to-many modulation matrix
• It contains a re-work of Surge’s internals which allow the modules to run with a block size of 1 or 8, as opposed to the higher latency block-size of 32 for everything in the old Surge modules.
We are really proud of the collection and look forward to you trying them. In November we will be collecting beta feedback with the intent of having these modules submitted to the library later this month. In the period between now and then, please do let us know if you find bugs, missing or not working features, or really anything else. We’re all ears! (But we are in bug fix-only mode for this release at this point).
Feel free to reach out to the team either on Surge discord, GitHub, or here. And hope you enjoy making music with Surge!
You can download the modules here:
Paul, EvilDragon, Pyer, Steve