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> Cardinal 22.12 released
On 2022-12-20 by falkTX

Greetings everyone, we have yet another release of Cardinal, this with some great module additions.
Cardinal is a free and open-source virtual modular synthesizer plugin.
It is based on the popular VCV Rack but with a focus on being a fully self-contained plugin version.

The main changes for this release are new modules (Sapphire, Stoermelder Pack-one and Surge-XT) and web-assembly related fixes.
Highly requested and specially interesting for users are the brand new Surge-XT modules, see Omri Cohen's video for a cool overview of what they can do.
As usual there are a few module updates too.



  • Add portable standalone Windows binaries
  • Add JTB Waves example/demo patch
  • Fix SSE not being enabled in pffft for 32bit builds
  • Improve docs for building Windows binaries
  • Stop using LTO for macos-universal builds

Module changes

  • Add Sapphire
  • Add Stoermelder Pack-one
  • Add Surge-XT
  • Update BaconPlugs
  • Update Befaco
  • Update MindMeld
  • Update PathSet

Web-assembly related changes

  • Add Web-assembly build instructions
  • Enable brotli compression on release files
  • Enable emscripten --use-preload-cache flag, improves browser cache
  • Fix keyboard input having wrong keys
  • Fix mouse lock on chrome-based browsers
  • Fix versioning

Special Notes

  • Building now requires a compiler compatible with C++17
  • Windows builds now require 0x0600/Vista, needed for Surge


The source code plus Linux, macOS and Windows binaries can be downloaded at https://github.com/DISTRHO/Cardinal/releases/tag/22.12.
Cardinal is released as LV2, VST2, VST3 and CLAP plugin, plus AudioUnit and JACK/Standalone for certain systems.