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Top : Software : Multimedia : Synthesizers and Samplers

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What are good command line HTTP clients?
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts is a very famous quote from Aristotle, a Greek philosopher and scientist. This quote is particularly pertinent to Linux. In my view, one of Linux's biggest strengths is its synergy. The usefulness of Linux doesn't derive only from the huge raft of open source (command line) utilities. Instead, it's the synergy generated by using them together, sometimes in conjunction with larger applications.

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Bochs
Bochs is a highly portable open source IA-32 (x86) PC emulator written in C++, that runs on most popular platforms. It includes emulation of the Intel x86 CPU, common I/O devices, and a custom BIOS. Currently, Bochs can be compiled to emulate a 386, 486, Pentium, Pentium Pro or AMD64 CPU, including optional MMX, SSE, SSE2 and 3DNow! instructions.

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  • LMMS
    LMMS aims to be a free alternative to popular (but commercial and closed- source) programs like FL Studio, Cubase and Logic. It gives users the ability of producing music with your computer by creating/synthesizing sounds, arranging samples, playing live with keyboard and much more. Read more hot
  • Aeolus
    Aeolus is a synthesised (i.e. not sampled) pipe organ emulator that should be good enough to make an organist enjoy playing it. It is a softsynth optimised for this job, with possibly hundreds of controls for each stop, that enable the user to "voice" his instrument.
  • AlsaModularSynth
    AlsaModularSynth is a realtime modular synthesizer and effect processor. It features MIDI controlled modular software synthesis, realtime effect processing with capture from e.g. "Line In" or "Mic In" & full control of all synthesis and effect parameters via MIDI. Read more
  • amSynth
    amSynth is a realtime polyphonic analogue modeling synthesizer. It provides a virtual analogue synthesizer in the style of the classic Moog Minimoog/Roland Junos. Read more
  • AUBE
    AUBE is a system for sound generation and processing. You can process audio on the fly by setting up arbitrary configurations of sound generators, sequencers and effects modules, through which sound is played, filtered, and recorded.
  • beatbox
    beatbox aims to provide the user with "...two turntables, a drum machine, and possibly a small mixing studio".
  • BeatForce
    BeatForce is a computer dj-ing system with 2 players, song database supporting muti table playlists, mixer with manual/auto fade. Sampler and cdda support. The players can handle mp3, ogg and cdda files. The user interface is SDL based, with theme support.
  • Beatrix
    Beatrix is a MIDI-controlled, software synthesizer designed to imitate the sound and properties of the electromechanical organs and sound modification devices.
  • BpmDj
    BpmDj is a program for DJ's. It works under Linux and plays Mp3's/Ogg's. It has a fully automatic BPM counter. It can determine the sound color. It has a full fledged QT based interface. It helps you manage a large amount of songs. Further it helps to create playlists and has proven to be very robust. The program allows offline automatic mixing and contains a wavelet based beat graph analyzer to visualize audio tracks.
  • Bristol
    Bristol is a synthesiser emulation package for Moog, Sequential Circuits, Hammond and several other keyboards. The application consists of a multithreaded audio engine and a separate user interface toolkit called brighton. Read more
  • cl-wav-synth
    cl-wav-synth is a wav sample editor. It comes in two parts, the main library for manipulating wav files and a (Mc)CLIM interface with a full lisp listener, a sample pane editor, a spectrum pane editor and a song pane editor.
  • creox
    Creox is a real-time sound processor. You can plug your electric guitar or any other musical instrument directly to the PC's sound card and start experimenting with various sound effects. Creox has a nice user-friendly GUI, a preset support, a low-latency DSP engine and each effect parameter can be altered "on the fly".
  • Cumulus
    Cumulus is a software-synthesizer which implements the Asynchronous Grain Synthesis, internal 32 bit sampling resolution and a multiple of the external sampling rate with a convenient GUI with drawable envelopes for each parameter.
  • DBMix
    DBMix is a software DJ mixing system for digital audio. DBMix allows a user to output multiple simultaneous audio streams on a single sound device, and to transform/modify each stream independently.
  • Delfin
    Delfin is a realtime software sampler for Linux.
  • Didgeridoo
    Didgeridoo is a voice controlled resonance instrument for the jack-audio-connection-kit. You need a microphone for playing it.
  • DigiBand
    DigiBand is a full home version Drumming/Guitar simulator. It isn't just intended to be a simulator, but a uniquely refreshing new experience. It is much different than simulators already out there.
  • din
    din is a software musical instrument and audio synthesizer. You can use multiple Bezier curves to draw and sculpt waveforms, create gating and modulation (FM and AM) patterns, and create delay feedback and volume patterns.
  • dssi-vst
    dssi-vst is a proposed simple interim soft-synth plugin API for Linux.
  • dvdkit
    dvdkit is a compilation of all the libs and patches below which allows oms, xine, mplayer and ogle to read from a DVDROM without a region set.
  • dx7bag
    dx7bag is a collection of utilities for the Yamaha DX7 and compatible devices such as the DX1, DX5, DX7s, DX7II, DX7IIFD, TX7, TX802 and TX816.
  • ecamegapedal
    Ecamegapedal is a real-time effect processor software with a graphical user interface for controlling the effect parameters. It is meant to be used as a virtual guitar-fx or studio effect box. In addition to real-time operation, Ecamegapedal also supports reading from and writing to audio files. All audio object and effect plugin types provided by the Ecasound libraries are supported. This includes ALSA, JACK, OSS, aRts, over 20 file formats, over 30 effect types, LADSPA plugins and multi-operator effect presets. Ecamegapedal's implementation is based on Ecasound and Qt libraries.
  • Elara
    Elara is a real-time software audio synthesizer.
  • EWItool
    EWItool is a controller for the popular Akai EWI4000s wind synthesizer. EWItool includes a fully graphical sound (patch) editor and patch library management.
  • FluidSynth
    FluidSynth is a real-time software synthesizer based on the SoundFont 2 specifications. FluidSynth can read MIDI events from a MIDI input device and render them to an audio device using SoundFont instruments. SoundFont files are composed of digital audio "samples" and additional instrument parameters. These files can be created or downloaded off the Internet. FluidSynth also has support for controlling effects in real time and can play MIDI files. Read more
  • Freebirth
    Freebirth consists of a 3 oscillator bass synth (sin, sqr, saw) and an integrated 16 step sequencer which controls the bass as well as the triggering of 5 other samples.
  • Frequency Module Synthesizer
    Frequency Module Synthesizer tries to create synthetic sound waves similar to natural ones. The idea is easy: "recording" sounds by just saving the peak values of one single iteration and the style of the line in between, playing sounds by repeating these values as often as wanted.
  • gAlan
    gAlan is an audio-processing tool (both on-line and off-line) for X windows and Win32. It allows you to build synthesisers, effects chains, mixers, sequencers, drum-machines etc. etc. in a modular fashion.
  • Giada
    Giada is a minimal, hardcore sample player. It handles up to 12 audio channels playable in a loop mode (loop machine way) or in a single shot mode (drum machine way).
  • Gleam Synthesizer
    Gleam is a software sound synthesizer. It receives timestamped synthesis events such as note on or program change and generates a raw audio stream. Early versions will provide wavetable synthesis based on the SoundFont 2 standard, but support for other synthesis models may be added in the future. Gleam is intended as a library that provides sound synthesis capabilities to other projects, but a few simple executable examples are included.
  • gluid
    gluid is a very small graphical interface to fluidsynth with minimal features. It runs in the system tray. It allows you to set the audio and MIDI drivers, toggle reverb and chorus, and start fluidsynth.
  • gmorgan
    gmorgan is a rhythm station, a modern organ with full editable accompaniment for play in real time emulating the capabilities of commercial rhythm stations ?Korg?,?Roland?, ?Solton? ... also has a small pattern based sequencer like ?Band in a Box?. Uses the capabilities of ALSA sequencer to produce MIDI accompaniment.
  • GNU Octal
    GNU Octal seeks to create a plugin-oriented modular tracker for gnu/linux and other unix systems.
  • gsynth
    gsynth is designed to be an extensible, modular synthesizer. The interface allows the user to add several modules into a virtual analog machine which is then wired together using a simple mouse interface. Each module can be programmed in tracker fashion, and each pattern can be sequenced in the order editor.
  • Gungirl Sequencer
    Gungirl Sequencer is an easy to use audiosequencer for Linux and MS Windows. It includes a simple filemanager and uses Drag & Drop to arrange Audiosamples.
  • hexter
    hexter is a software synthesizer that models the sound generation of a Yamaha DX7 synthesizer. It can easily load most DX7 patch bank files, accept patch editing commands via MIDI sys-ex messages, and recreate the sound of the DX7 with great accuracy.
  • Industrializer
    Industrializer is a program for generating percussion sounds for musical purposes. This program is great for generating new techno and industrial sounds. It also can produce chimes, bubbles, gongs, hammer hits on different materials and so on.
  • Ingen
    Ingen (formerly Om) is a realtime modular synthesizer for GNU/Linux audio systems using the Jack audio server and LADSPA or DSSI plugins. Its engine runs as an independent process controlled via the Open Sound Control (OSC) protocol, meaning many clients (including the graphical modular client shown here) can control the engine simultaneously - even across a network.
  • jacksampler
    jacksampler is a sampler which supports MIDI input using JACK, and outputs the audio data using JACK.
  • kluppe
    kluppe is a loop-player and recorder, designed for live use.
  • Lakai
    deals with the development of tools that ease the transfer of data between the Akai Sxxx series of samplers (S1000, S2000 etc) and a PC running (ideally) Linux, but if people are able to port this to other Un*xish operating systems like FreeBSD, NetBSD or others
  • LegaSynth
    LegaSynth is an old chip/synthethizer emulator. It currently uses the ALSA sequencer API, but could easily be expanded to use others as well.
  • Linuxsampler
    LinuxSampler was designed as a sampler backend, decoupled from any user interface. It provides a network interface using an ASCII based protocol called LSCP for controlling the sampler and managing sampler sessions.
  • LOS
    LOS is a music sequencer specialized in offsetting sample positions within sound files.
  • MFFM VectorBass
    MFFM VectorBass is a melody line generation tool which lets you plot the pitch, volume and 'generic waveform sound'. This means you can essentially hear a piece of music, grab and plot the synth. waveform and generate your own melody lines using this synth.
  • Minicomputer
    Minicomputer is a standalone Linux realtime software synthesizer for creating experimental electronic sounds as they are often used in but not limited to industrial music, IDM, EBM, Glitch, sound design, and minimal electronic. It is monophonic but can produce up to 8 different sounds at the same time, so its good e.g. for drum synthesis. It uses JACK as a real-time audio infrastructure and can be controlled via MIDI. The synthesis is advanced subtractive: two oscillators generate complex waveforms going into a morphing formant filter. An additional oscillator, 7 envelopes, a delay line, and flexible modulation routing for each sound voice gives the sound designer possibilities like a modular synthesizer without the hassle. Instant recall with 512 sound programs and 128 multi sets make it a good companion for the next laptop gig.
  • MixMagic
    MixMagic is a sound mixing program for Gnome, it can handle large (larger then system memory) samples. MixMagic is able to mix as many waves as your CPU can handle.
  • Mono
    Mono is a monophonic synth with real-time audio output and a GUI. It includes a square/sawtooth oscillator, a 4-pole (all-pole) low-pass filter, an ADR envelope generator, and a 16-step pattern sequencer.
  • MP3Mixer
    MP3Mixer is a simple system to let you mix multiple mpeg audio streams in real time, with a view to copying the capabilities a DJ will have access to.
  • MSS
    MSS is a real time synthesizer that can be played either via the builtin keyboard (a GUI widget that is played via the mouse), or via an external MIDI keyboard. The "real time" means that any adjustments you do while playing (e.g change of filter settings) are immediately audible.
  • nekobee
    nekobee is a DSSI soft synth plugin that emulates the sound of the TB-303 Bassline.
  • Octavian
    Octavian is a realtime software synthesizer for the GNULinux operating system. Its design is like analog modular synthesizers, so it can be used both as a synth and as an effect processor. Modular tasks separation allows to extend features in a simple way. Modules can be connected between each other via channels. Octavian provides two types of channels: audio and control (MIDI), so they can be freely converted to each other (e.g. MIDI can be converted to "voltage" in order to control modules that support voltage-controlling and vice versa).
  • prodatum
    prodatum is a simple yet powerful and cross-platform preset editor (SysEx-editor) for the E-MU Proteus 2000 synthesizer family. It supports the following sound modules: Vintage Pro, Audity 2000, Proteus 2000, Proteus 1000, B-3, XL-1, Virtuoso 2000, Mo'Phatt, B-3 Turbo, XL-1 Turbo, Mo'Phatt Turbo, Planet Earth, Planet Earth Turbo, Proteus 2500, and Orbit 3. Its supported keyboards are Vintage Keys, PK-6, XK-6, MK-6, and Ensoniq Halo. It supports the PX-7, XL-7, and MP-7 command stations.
  • Psychosynth
    The Psychosynth project aims to create an interactive, modular soft-synth inspired by the ideas of the Reactable. It provides a clean object oriented API to allow the creation of new innovative interfaces for the synthesizer and a 3D simulator of a Reactable-alike device with support for collaborative music creation over the network. Read more
  • PySynth
    PySynth takes a list of the notes in a song to create a WAV file with synthesized audio.
  • qsynth
    QSynth is a fluidsynth GUI front-end application written in C++ around the Qt3 toolkit using Qt Designer. Eventually it may evolve into a softsynth management application allowing the user to control and manage a variety of command line softsynth but for the moment it wraps the excellent FluidSynth. FluidSynth is a command line software synthesiser based on the Soundfont specification.
  • RTSynth
    RTSynth is a midi event triggered real time software synthesizer. RTSynth supports a polyphonic string synth, a monophonic flute synth and a set of audio effects.
  • sloop.splitter
    sloop.splitter is a realtime sound effect program. It samples sounds from any source and dissects them.
  • SMDITools
    SMDITools is a set of five command-line programs to exchange samples with an SMDI compatible sampler.
  • SooperLooper
    SooperLooper is a live looping sampler capable of immediate loop recording, overdubbing, multiplying, reversing and more. It allows for multiple simultaneous multi-channel loops limited only by your computer's available memory. The feature-set and operation was inspired by the impressive Gibson Echoplex Digital Pro (EDP). When used with a low-latency audio configuration SooperLooper is capable of truly realtime live performance looping.
  • Sorcer
    Sorcer is a polyphonic wavetable synth LV2 plugin. Its sonic fingerprint is one of harsh modulated sub-bass driven walls of sound.
  • Soundtank
    Soundtank hosts LADSPA plugins in "realtime objects" which embody the structure of the audio signal flow. RTObjects can be controlled in a completely customizeable fashion using MIDI events sent through the ALSA sequencer interface. Soundtank outputs audio through ALSA or JACK.
  • SoundTracker
    SoundTracker is a music tracking tool for Unix / X11 similar in design to the DOS program FastTracker and the Amiga legend ProTracker. Samples can be lined up on tracks and patterns which are then arranged to a song. Supported module formats are XM and MOD; the player code is the one from OpenCP.
  • Spiral Synth
    Spiral Synth is a physically modelled analogue synthesizer that is capable of creating the kind of sounds made by hardware analogue synths, the noises used in electronic music.
  • SpiralLoops
    SpiralLoops is an experimental loop based sampler for Linux or FreeBSD. The idea of SpiralLoops is to provide a simple, visual tool for looping and layering of sounds; which can be sourced from either wav files on disk, or from sound generating plugins.
  • SpiralSynth Modular
    SpiralSynth Modular is an object orientated music studio with an emphasis on live use. You can use it in a fairly straight forward way to make tracks with, or get very experimental. Audio or control data can be freely passed between the plugins. Data can also be fed back on itself for chaotic effects. SSM supports LADSPA plugins, which you can use in the same way as any of the native plugins. The JACK audio server is also supported.
  • Syncotron Bathysphere Sound Suite
    Syncotron Bathysphere Sound Suite consists of: 1) the samplomatic: gathers sounds from environs; frequency spectrum analasis; write wav samples 2) the syncotron: autonomous sequencer plays audio stream; listens on network for commands 3) syncotron client: curses-based UI for talking to the syncotron.
  • terminatorX
    terminatorX is a realtime audio synthesizer that allows you to "scratch" on digitally sampled audio data (*.wav, *.au, *.mp3, etc.) just like you might have heard hiphop-DJ's scratch on vinyl records. Read more
  • tk3MU
    tk3MU is a graphical interface written in Python/Tkinter for the Roland TB303 emulator called 3MU.
  • UltraMaster Juno-6
    UltraMaster Juno-6 was a faithful virtual reproduction of a Roland Juno-6 Polyphonic Synthesizer.
  • Vee One Suite
    Vee One Suite is a synthv1 polyphonic synthesizer, samplv1 polyphonic sampler, and drummkv1 drum kit sampler.
  • wcnt
    wcnt is a not-real-time modular audio synthesis, sequencer, and sampler, written in C++. wcnt reads a plain text file written in wcnt's 'near english synth definition language' and may then produce audio as 16 bit stereo WAV files. It is designed for people who want to make sequences of complex layers of synthesis and sampling but do not have a computer powerful enough to do so in real-time.
  • Xsynth
    Xsynth is a real-time software musical synthesizer.
  • ZynAddSubFX
    ZynAddSubFX is an opensource software synthesizer capable of making a countless number of instruments, from some common heared from expensive hardware to interesting sounds that you'll boost to an amazing universe of sounds. Read more



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