Debian Multimedia Project
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Sound synthesis
Packages for sound synthesis

This package will install packages useful for sound synthesis.

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Debian Multimedia Sound synthesis packages

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Ams
Realtime modular synthesizer for ALSA
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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.
  • Integrated LADSPA Browser with search capability.
  • JACK Support.
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Bristol
vintage synthesizer emulator
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Bristol is a synthesizer emulator application. Bristol uses the sound card PCM generator and can be MIDI driven, furthermore it can be set to use the low latency scheduling feature of the kernel, reducing audio under runs. It can handle any number of simultaneous synthesizers (they all connect to the same engine). It supports splitting and layering the keyboard with multiple synthesizers on a single midi channel. Currently Bristol emulates the following keyboards: Moog Mini, Moog Voyager (Bristol "Explorer"), Sequential Circuits Prophet-5, Roland Juno-6, Yamaha DX-7, Hammond (single manual), Hammond B3 (dual manual).

Din
digital audio synthesizer
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din is a musical instrument and audio synthesizer. It allows one to use Bezier curves to draw and sculpt waveforms, create gating and modulation patterns and create delay feedback and volume patterns. It's possible to create and edit an unlimited number of drones, sculpt their waveform and visually modulate them.

din uses JACK to output audio, it supports MIDI, OSC and an IRC bot for input. din can be extended and customised with Tcl scripts too.

Faust
functional programming language for realtime audio applications
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Faust is a functional programming language specifically designed for realtime audio applications and plugins. The syntax of the language is block diagram oriented. The faust compiler translate signal processing specifications into optimized C++ code for signal processing applications.

The generated code can be wrapped into an 'architecture file' in order to create for example a standalone jack/gtk application. Several architecture file are provided and additional ones are fairly easy to add.

Faustworks
IDE for Faust dsp programming language
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FaustWorks is an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for the Faust dsp programming language. It relies on scripts to generate binaries for various audio targets. These scripts are located in /usr/share/FaustWorks/scripts.lin/

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Horgand
JACK capable organ softsynth
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Horgand is a JACK capable organ client with presets and some effects incorporated. It generates the sound in real time like a FM synthesizer. Due this, you can change the frecuency of all the drawars and add some special effects. It features auto-accompaniment, looped drums, and a bass line in a wave table way.

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Libsox-fmt-all
All SoX format libraries
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SoX is the swiss army knife of sound processing.

This is a metapackage depending on all free SoX format libraries.

Monobristol
simple GUI for Bristol
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monobristol provides a simple GUI for Bristol.

Bristol is synth emulation package for a diverse range of vintage synthesizers, electric pianos and organs. The application consists of a multithreaded audio synthesizer and a user interface called brighton.

Multimedia-audio-plugins
Audio processing plugins, synths and virtual instruments
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This metapackage installs plugins that are useful for creating and processing audio.

Multimedia-csound
Packages for working with Csound
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Metapackage which installs packages, libraries, extensions and plug-ins to work with Csound, the grand old audio programming language.

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Packages for working with Pure Data
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Metapackage which installs packages, externals, libraries and plug-ins to work with Pure Data (aka Pd), a graphical realtime computer music and signal processing language.

Multimedia-supercollider
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Metapackage which installs packages, externals, libraries and plug-ins to work with SuperCollider, a real time audio synthesis programming language based on SmallTalk.

Phasex
Phase Harmonic Advanced Synthesis EXperiment
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PHASEX is an experimental JACK audio / ALSA MIDI softsynth for Linux with a synth engine built around flexible phase modulation and flexible oscillator/LFO sourcing.

Modulations include AM, FM, offset PM, and wave select. PHASEX comes equipped with a 12db/octave filter with two distortion curves, a stereo crossover delay and chorus with phaser, ADSR envelopes for amplifier and filter, realtime audio input processing capabilities, velocity/aftertouch sensitivity, and more.

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Setbfree
DSP tonewheel organ
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setBfree is a MIDI-controlled, software synthesizer designed to imitate the sound and properties of the electromechanical organs and sound modification devices that brought world-wide fame to the names and products of Laurens Hammond and Don Leslie.

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Sineshaper
Monophonic synth plugin with two oscillators and waveshapers
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A monophonic synth plugin that sends the sound from two sine oscillators through two sine waveshapers in series. You can control the vibrato, tremolo, portamento, the tuning of both oscillators, the oscillator mix, and the shape amount (total and split over both shapers). There is also an ADSR envelope generator that can control the total shape amount and the amplification (with controllable sensitivity for both), an LFO for the total shape amount, and a feedback delay. The shape amount and amplification is velocity sensitive, and the "Mod Wheel" MIDI controller is bound to the total shape amount.

This is a development version, so things will probably change - don't use this plugin in a patch or song and expect later versions to work in the same way.

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So-synth-lv2
Set of synthesizers for the LV2 plugin format
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This package is an unofficial port of a set of synthesizers written by 50m30n3 to the LV2 plugin format. In order to use it, you need a host for LV2 plugins such as Ardour, Qtractor, or Ingen. This package contains three synthesizers, a feedback drone synthesizer, a piano synthesizer, and a bassline synthesizer.

Sonic-pi
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A free live coding synth for everyone. Originally designed to support computing and music lessons within schools. Use code to compose and perform in classical and contemporary styles ranging from Canons to Dubstep.

Sonic-pi-server
Backend server for Sonic Pi
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The Sonic Pi backend server connects to SuperCollider to play synths and samples. Advanced users may want to use the server for experiments without the graphical user interface provided by the sonic-pi package.

Soundgrain
Graphical interface to control granular sound synthesis modules
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Soundgrain is a graphical interface where users can draw and edit trajectories to control granular sound synthesis. It is written in Python and WxPython and uses pyo as its audio engine.

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Sox
Swiss army knife of sound processing
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SoX is a command line utility that can convert various formats of computer audio files in to other formats. It can also apply various effects to these sound files during the conversion. As an added bonus, SoX can play and record audio files on several unix-style platforms.

SoX is able to handle formats like Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV, AIFF, VOC, SND, AU, GSM and several more. Any format support requires at least libsox-fmt-base. Some formats have their own package e.g. mp3 read and write support is provided by libsox-fmt-mp3.

SoX supports most common sound architectures i.e. Alsa, Libao, OSS and Pulse (respectively provided by libsox-fmt-alsa, libsox-fmt-ao, libsox-fmt-oss and libsox-fmt-pulse). It also supports LADSPA plugins.

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Stk
Sound Synthesis Toolkit (example applications)
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The Sound Synthesis Toolkit is a C++ library with implementations of several sound synthesis algorithms, starting from Frequency Modulation, over Physical Modelling and others. It can be used as a library, but it also provides some nice software synthesizers.

This package provides the example files for the sound synthesis toolkit.

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Stops
Stop and instrument definitions for Aeolus-0.6.x
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This package contains definitions of stops and of an instrument to be used with the aeolus organ synth.

Synthv1
old-school polyphonic synthesizer - standalone
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synthv1 is an old-school all-digital 4-oscillator subtractive polyphonic synthesizer with stereo effects, especially suited to create strong bass sounds.

This package provides the standalone app.

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Taopm
Sound synthesis software with physical models
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Tao is a software package for sound synthesis using physical models. It provides a virtual acoustic material constructed from masses and springs which can be used as the basis for building quite complex virtual musical instruments.

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Wsynth-dssi
hack on Xsynth-DSSI to allow wavetable synthesis
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Wsynth-DSSI is a hack on Xsynth-DSSI to allow wavetable synthesis.

Yoshimi
software synthesizer originally based on ZynAddSubFX2
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Yoshimi is a software synthesizer for GNU/Linux, based on ZynAddSubFX 2.4.0.

Yoshimi maintains sound and instrument compatibility but now has extended features and accessibility.

Zyne
Modular synthesizer written in Python
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Zyne is a modular synthesizer which comes with more than 10 builtin modules implementing different kind of synthesis engines and provides a simple API to create your own custom modules.

It uses Pyo as its audio engine

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Aeolus
Synthesised pipe organ emulator
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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 software synthesiser optimised for this job, with possibly hundreds of controls for each stop, that enable the user to "voice" his instrument.

Main features of the default instrument: three manuals and one pedal, five different temperaments, variable tuning, MIDI control of course, stereo, surround or Ambisonics output, flexible audio controls including a large church reverb.

Aeolus is not very CPU-hungry, and should run without problems on a e.g. a 1GHz, 256Mb machine.

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Amsynth
two oscillator software synthesizer
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amSynth features:

  • two analogue-style audio oscillators, featuring: * sine wave * saw/triangle wave with adjustable shape * square/pulse wave with adjustable pulsewidth * noise generation * "random" wave (noise with sample & hold) * oscillator sync * of course, detune and range control
  • mixer section with ring modulation
  • analogue-style low-pass filter * 24dB/octave curve * dedicated ADSR envelope * cutoff and resonance control * keyboard pitch tracking
  • amplifier with dedicated ADSR envelope
  • modulation LFO * up to 58Hz modulation * routable to all sections (pitch, filter, amplifier)
  • Effects * High quality stereo reverb (freeverb) * Distortion/crunch
  • Easy navigation and manipulation of presets
  • Stand-alone OSS or ALSA Midi/Audio client
Azr3-jack
drawbar organ simulator
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This JACK program is a port of the free VST plugin AZR-3. It is a tonewheel organ with drawbars, distortion and rotating speakers. The original was written by Rumpelrausch Täips.

The organ has three sections, two polyphonic with 9 drawbars each and one monophonic bass section with 5 drawbars. The two polyphonic sections respond to events on MIDI channel 1 and 2, and an optional keyboard split function makes the bass section listen to the lower keys on channel 1.

The three sections have separate sustain and percussion switches as well as separate volume controls, and the two polyphonic sections have separate vibrato settings. All three sections are mixed and sent through the distortion effect and the rotating speakers simulator, where the modulation wheel can be used to switch between fast and slow rotation, and the fast and slow rotation speeds themselves can be changed separately for the lower and upper frequencies.

Brutefir
software convolution engine
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BruteFIR is a program for applying long FIR filters to multi-channel digital audio, either offline or in realtime. Its basic operation is specified through a configuration file, and filters, attenuation and delay can be changed in runtime through a simple command line interface. The FIR filter algorithm used is an optimised frequency domain algorithm, partly implemented in hand-coded assembler, thus throughput is extremely high. In realtime, a standard computer can typically run more than 10 channels with more than 60000 filter taps each.

Through its highly modular design, things like adaptive filtering, signal generators and sample I/O are easily added, extended and modified, without the need to alter the program itself.

Chuck
Concurrent, On-the-fly Audio Programming Language
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ChucK is a new audio programming language for real-time synthesis, composition, and performance, which runs on commodity operating systems.

ChucK presents a new time-based concurrent programming model, which supports multiple, simultaneous, dynamic control rates, and the ability to add, remove, and modify code, on-the-fly, while the program is running, without stopping or restarting.

Foo-yc20
YC-20 organ emulation
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The YC-20 is a divide-down combo organ designed in the late 60's. This emulation faithfully copies the features, sounds and flaws of the original organ.

Features:

  • 61 keys
  • Two main voice sections
  • Switchable bass section
  • Generator + matrix mixer => no polyphony restrictions
  • A realism control to add flaws found in the real organ

Flaws:

  • Takes quite a bit of CPU power
  • No touch vibrato

The emulation is written in Faust and uses Jack for audio and MIDI.

Multimedia-samplers
Software samplers
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This metapackage will install free software samplers.

Zynaddsubfx
Realtime software synthesizer for Linux
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A real-time software synthesizer for Linux and Windows with many features, including polyphony, multi-timbral and microtonal capabilities. It includes randomness of some parameters, which makes warm sounds, like analogue synthesizers. It has system/insertion effects too, and much more.

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Psychosynth
An interactive, collaborative and networked synthesizer
License: GPL

The Psychosynth project aims to create an interactive modular soft-synth inspired by the ideas of the Reactable. We will try to provide a clean object oriented API to allow the creation of new innovative interfaces for the synthetizer and a 3D simulator of a Reactable-alike device with support for collaborative music creation over the internet.

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Boodler - wnpp
A programmable soundscape tool
License: LGPL
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Boodler is a tool for creating soundscapes -- continuous, infinitely varying streams of sound. Boodler is designed to run in the background on a computer, maintaining whatever sound environment you desire.

Boodler is extensible, customizable, and modular. Each soundscape is a small piece of Python code -- typically less than a page. A soundscape can incorporate other soundscapes; it can combine other soundscapes, switch between them, fade them in and out. This package comes with many example soundscapes. You can use these, modify them, combine them to arbitrary levels of complexity, or write your own.

Some audio clips generated by Boodler: Highway, Blopping, Wind and Crows, Summer Night. Note that these are short samples. Each one comes from a Boodler soundscape (or a combination of soundscapes) which can run forever, never repeating itself exactly. Boodler itself does not use MP3 compression when generating sound.

Cursynth - wnpp
musical synthesizer that runs in the terminal
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Cursynth is a musical synthesizer that runs in the terminal using the curses library. It's polyphonic, MIDI enabled and has features like cross modulation and a modulation matrix.

cursynth uses an automake/autoconf build system.

Grandorgue - wnpp
Virtual Pipe Organ Software
License: GPL
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GrandOrgue is a sample based pipe organ simulator. When connected to MIDI keyboards and an audio system, it can accurately simulate the sound of a real pipe organ.

Jorgan - wnpp
Java Virtual Organ
License: GPL
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jOrgan lets you use your computer as a full featured virtual organ: runs on all major operating systems includes convenient editing facilities supports all elements known from real organs offers powerful Midi processing works with a variety of sound generators allows styling of realistic virtual organ consoles * extensible for special requirements

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Genpo
GENPO is the GENeral Purpose Organ.
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It replicates the essential features of any pipe, theatre, or reed organ.

Ingen-svn
Ingen (formerly Om) is a modular audio processing system
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for GNU/Linux audio systems using the Jack audio server and LV2 or LADSPA plugins.

Minicomputer
a standalone softwaresynthesizer for creating experimental
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electronic sounds.

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