kunst VS Rack

Compare kunst vs Rack and see what are their differences.


Download and display album art or display embedded album art (by sdushantha)


The Eurorack Simulator (by VCVRack)
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kunst Rack
2 37
255 3,192
- 0.9%
1.7 1.1
about 2 months ago 7 days ago
Shell C++
MIT License GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
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Posts with mentions or reviews of kunst. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-07-10.
  • Perks of having a LinuxAudio setup!
    Music: Music Player Daemon (The ALSA of music players!) MOC (Terminal frontend for MPD) ncmpcpp (Anyone who tells you there's a better music player for Linux than this, is a scammer!) kunst (Even blind people need Album Art to listen music ;) Spicetify (Spicey Spotify with pywal!)
  • How can I set a keybind to show album art?
    reddit.com/r/ncmpcpp | 2021-01-08
    It looks amazing I will definitely give it a try. I've already installed kunst, but I've found it crashes a lot.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Rack. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-09-14.
  • How to start making ambient
    VCV Rack Software: https://vcvrack.com/
  • Where do I start as a 100% total beginner? (i.e. no knowledge/experience whatsoever)
    reddit.com/r/synthdiy | 2021-09-15
    For the synth part, you should definitely check vcv rack (https://vcvrack.com/).
  • Bespoke Synth 1.0 โ€“ open-source software modular synthesizer
    news.ycombinator.com | 2021-09-14
    While I have used modern DAWs in recent years, the music making tool I've used the most was Jeskola Buzz[1], it's a weird mix of music tracker[1] and modular setup[2] (but not modular in the same way a modular synth works, you connect "machines" such as sequencer->generator->effect->[more effects]->mixer).

    This was when I was a "poor" student and I couldn't spend money on music.

    Later I could afford real modular/semi-modular synths and I enjoy them a lot but I still appreciate being able to connect cables on a screen where you can save the state and rapidly recall it, rather than having to free up a table, setup all the modular synths, connect them together etc. - So I think I'm going to enjoy Bespoke Synth a lot.

    Another alternative that I have enjoyed is VCV Rack[3] and its little brother for iPad/iPhone miRack[4].

    PS I loved the "Feature Matrix" on the Bespoke home page ahah :-D

    [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeskola_Buzz

    [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_tracker

    [3] https://vcvrack.com/

    [4] https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mirack/id1468259834

  • I want to make a digital synthesizer in software. What are my options? Where do I start, knowing nothing?
    vcvrack.com - become a developer
  • DigiScape - Forest: An interactive installation made with Unity3D <3
    reddit.com/r/Unity3D | 2021-09-11
  • Having a really hard time deciding where to start...
    For synthesis see vcvrack.com. Consider a controller keyboard maybe that is weighted. You can get a MS20 VST that is polyphonic.
  • Whatโ€˜s your take on modular music?
    If you really want to try modular, but don't want to spend the money: https://vcvrack.com/.
  • Forest psytrance current favorite patch
    reddit.com/r/psytrance | 2021-08-15
    You could start with VCV Rack and these tutorials or these (those are more about eurorack basics, and not about how to make forest, though).
  • How to make beats like idioteque
    reddit.com/r/Music | 2021-08-11
    Also if you want a taste of modular without buying the hardware then use this - https://vcvrack.com/ , it's a free emulation of the various euroracks. Or there is https://www.softube.com/modular but is something you pay for.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing kunst and Rack you can also consider the following projects:

BespokeSynth - Software modular synth [Moved to: https://github.com/BespokeSynth/BespokeSynth]

mpd - Music Player Daemon

mocp - Music On Console Player

awesome-live-coding-music - A curated list of awesome Live Coding Music frameworks, libraries and software.

aseprite - Animated sprite editor & pixel art tool (Windows, macOS, Linux)