I know that there’s quite a difference between these technologies. But according to their FAQs, VCV plans to release a paid plugin version. After the VST2, they think about releasing VST3/AU/AAX/LV2 as well.
VCV Rack can be fully considered a DAW itself rather than a “synthesizer plugin”, so Rack is a standalone application. However, due to overwhelming user demand, a new product called VCV Rack for DAWs will be available as a 64-bit VST2 plugin for around $99 shortly after Rack v2 is released. VST3/AU/AAX/LV2 versions might be released afterwards, but this is not yet confirmed. All Rack v2 plugins will be compatible with the plugin version of Rack. The standalone version of Rack v2 will continue to be free/open-source.
Even though the current hardware might be not powerful enough to run big patches, this would open a lot of possibilities. I actually wouldn’t use the synthesis modules a lot. Having some interesting modulation sources and things like envelopes, more effects, logic operators is more interesting to me.
What do you think?