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> Cardinal 24.04 released
On 2024-04-11 by falkTX

Hi everyone, a new release for Cardinal is here, 24.04 which focuses on updating the base VCV Rack 2.4 and adds quite a few new modules, bringing the module count to 1193.

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.



  • HostMIDI: Add option to force gaps between MIDI input notes
  • Fix build with latest liblo
  • Fix Linux VST2 exported symbols
  • Fix MindMeldModular in wasm/web builds
  • Force-redraw of all child widgets on dark mode change
  • Improve Ildaeil/Carla VST3 plugin handling
  • Improve Ildaeil plugin bridge handling for macOS
  • Improve Ildaeil plugin scanning
  • Several fixes for UI size with high-dpi screens
  • Stop using cardinal-specific settings::darkMode
  • Tweak default build flags to better match VCV Rack
  • Update base VCV Rack to v2.4
  • Use DPF for AU support instead of JUCE
  • Use GLES2 render target for linux ARM release builds

Module updates

  • Add Computerscare
  • Add CVfunk
  • Add DHE modules
  • Add Starling Via
  • Update Befaco
  • Update GrandeModular
  • Update HetrickCV
  • Update Sapphire
  • Update Surge XT
  • Update unless_modules
  • Update ValleyAudio


The source code plus Linux, macOS and Windows binaries can be downloaded at https://github.com/DISTRHO/Cardinal/releases/tag/24.04.
Cardinal is released as CLAP, LV2, VST2 and VST3 plugin, plus AudioUnit and JACK/Standalone for certain systems.