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Using ZynAddSubFX Without the GUI

I recently discovered how to run the ZynAddSubFX engine from the command line without displaying its GUI. I think this will be useful when I want to use a specific instrument that I don’t need to edit. First, I launched

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LV2 Presets

LV2 plugins support individual presets and banks containing multiple presets. This article describes what I’ve learned about using and creating LV2 presets. Using LV2 Presets Selecting a preset is obvious in jalv.gtk and in Ardour. It’s not so obvious in

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Obxd Preset Bank

When I wrote about the Obxd synthesizer back in June I noted that I was in the process of re-creating some of the presets from the Windows version. The presets are now available here, as a bank containing 27 presets

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AlsaModularSynth

AlsaModularSynth (AMS) is a modular software synthesizer that to my ears sounds really good (very “analog”). AMS has a good selection of built-in modules and can also use LADSPA plugins. Most LADSPA plugins are effects but some provide alternate oscillators

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Obxd

Obxd is a two-oscillator virtual polysynth that was originally developed for Windows. I first tried Obxd on Windows and liked it a lot. The source code is released under the GPL and the GUI was created using the cross-platform JUCE

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TAL NoiseMaker

TAL NoiseMaker is a two-oscillator virtual polysynth. NoiseMaker was originally designed for other platforms but has been ported to GNU/Linux by the DISTRHO project. NoiseMaker is available as a standalone application, a LV2 plugin, and a native VST plugin. Note

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amSynth

amSynth (Analogue Modelling Synthesizer) is a two-oscillator virtual polysynth. I installed Arch Linux package amsynth (from the standard Community repository). The package includes a standalone version as well as LV2 and DSSI plugin versions. As you can probably tell from

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