7 of the Best Free Linux Synthesizers
A software synthesizer, also known as a softsynth, is computer
software which creates digital audio. Computer software that
generates music is not a recent arrival. However, with
processors that offer multiple cores and faster clock speeds, software
synthesizers can complete tasks that previously needed dedicated
hardware. The advantage, of course, of software synthesizers is that
they are less expensive than dedicated hardware, and simpler to
integrate with other types of music software.
Synthesizers are often controlled with a piano-style keyboard.
Several other forms of controller have been developed to mimic guitars,
organs, stringed and wind instruments. A real analog synthesizer has a
lot of knobs and switches which give immediate access to all important
parameters of the generated sound.
Linux has a good range of open source software to be a serious
contender in music production without having to venture into the
commercial software world. Some of the software featured in this
article provide operation similar to analog synths from the 1970s, such
the Moog Minimoog and Roland Juno-60.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is
available, we have compiled a list of 7 capable software
synthesizers. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for
anyone who wants to create a known or unknown, common or unusual sound
experience without the outlay of dedicated hardware.
Now, let's explore the 7 software synthesizers at hand.
For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description
with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with
links to relevant resources and reviews.
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Last Updated Saturday, March 31 2012 @ 01:35 PM EST