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Software Synthesis
amSynth.com is a website dedicated to native Linux music synthesizers and electronic music production. Genuine Soundware create modelling VSTs including Rhodes, organ and clavinet. GTGSynths provide a great collection of freeware VSTi plugins. Scanned Synth VST is now available for Windows.


Software Synthesizers, Samplers & Wave Renderers


  • Applied Acoustics
  • Provide a range of virtual instruments. Demo available.
  • Acid Wav
  • Windows sound editing & soft synthesis software from Polyhedric. Demo available.
  • Acoustica
  • Make audio software including the Pianissimo piano VST software.
  • Ambient Automat
  • Some web based Java synthesis to keep you entertained for a while.
  • AnalogX SayIt
  • A freeware Win9x speech synthesis program that outputs a WAV file from AnalogX Downloads Lots of other cool tools and DirectX plugins there as well.
  • Analog Box
  • ABox for Windows is a sound design tool designed to create jambots, robots that jam. A flow chart style GUI coupled with an efficient DSP engine make it useful for software sythesis and realtime audio as well.
  • Applied Acoustics Systems
  • Modular software that provides advanced physical modeling to offer enhanced musical expression. Packages include Tassman, Lounge Lizard, Ultra Analog, String Studio, Strum Acoustic and Strum Electric.
  • Arturia
  • Create softsynths for Mac and PC including Prophet V, miniMoog V, CS80 V, Moog Modular V and Storm Music Studio.
  • AudioMulch
  • Realtime synth and audio composition tool with many features for dance music programming, such as looping, bass synth voice etc. Includes VST plugin support. (Version 2 now on Macintosh and Windows).
  • Audionaut Fresh Killed Beat
  • Audionaut present Fresh Killed Beat, a VSTi drum synthesizer using no samples.
  • BackToBasics
  • Bludgeonsoft's Macintosh and Windows sample triggering software with midi support as well as providing synth & drum sounds to use with it.
  • BeSting
  • BeSting for the BeOS platform is a soft Theremin oriented synthesizer.
  • Brainspawn Forte
  • Brainspawn Forte is a virtual rack of softsynths.
  • Buzz
  • Buzz is a plugin based softsynth tracker for Windows that supports the creation of new virtual synth machines and a variety of FX modules by 3rd party developers. It is available for download and also lists some sites featuring plugins you can download to use. See Buzzmachines.com.
  • Cakewalk
  • Well known for Cakwalk and Sonar sequencers, they now develop synthesizer plugins in most formats including DX, VST and RTAS for PC and Mac.
  • Camel Audio
  • Product VST plugins and they present the Cameleon 5000 soft synth for Win and Mac.
  • Cantabile
  • Cantabile is a powerful host for virtual music instruments and audio effects with an emphasis on real-time performance and use in live performance situations.
  • Cellsynth
  • Cellsynth for the Mac is a CD quality synthesiser, sample player, DSP processor and sequencer all in one production tool.
  • Chaosynth
  • Chaosynth is a software synthesiser for the PC and soon for the Apple Mac. It uses cellular automata and granular synthesis to create a new sound set for the electronic musician.
  • Coagula
  • "Industrial Strength Color-Note Organ".. Win95 wave renderer that uses graphic input to shape the audio output.
  • Colossus
  • Colossus is a 32GB GM sample set from East-West.
  • CPS
  • CPS is a realtime interactive programming environment for audio, MIDI and other media & I/O. It is a realtime interactive environment in which you can visually program synthesis and algorithmic processes with realtime audio, midi and other I/O. Has lots of build-in objects based on MPEG-4 Structured Audio. Demo of CPS available to download.
  • Creamware Elektra
  • Creamware announce the Elektra for both PC and Mac, offering modular synthesis on a PCI card running with bundled software.
  • Crusher-X
  • A granular soft synth for Win95 and Win2000 using the DirectX interface.
  • Crystal
  • A very highly regarded freeware VST softsynth.
  • Csound
  • A computer music language that can be programmed to render sound using any type of synthesis process. Josep provides free Csound TB-303 and Hammond emulators. Also checkout DX-7 to Csound converter which converts DX-7 patches to Csound score files.
  • DeeSampler
  • A Windows soft sampler optimized for drum groove and percussion tracks. Demo available for download.
  • D-Soundpro
  • A very comprehensive shareware sample editor for the Mac that includes a virtual synth to allow playing of samples via midi. Demo available for download.
  • Dreamstation
  • Win9x software music composition workstation featuring 96 oscillators, 32 filters organized into 32 voices each one controlled by the built-in step time sequencer or by any other external sequencer/MIDI source. See Baloonia for Dreamstation resources, instruments and info.
  • Drumsynth
  • Windows software for synthesizing analog drums samples.
  • FM Dreams
  • A 4 OP FM synthesis waveform renderer available for download. Good for generating vintage FM samples. Provided by Vintage Synth Dreams
  • FL Studio
  • Windows drumloop generator with soft synth engine, configurable kits etc.
  • Garritan
  • Products include Personal Orchestra runs standalone or as a plugin on Windows and MacOs. They also have Steinway piano and Stradivari solo violin libraries.
  • Gigasampler
  • Nemesys presents software polyphonic sample playback for Win95 that supports samples up to 2 GB in size. See the Gigasampler Users Site for more info & support and Worra's Place which has sounds and a message board for Gigasampler users. See Sounds On Line for a huge range of Gigasampler compatible sample CDs.
  • Granulab
  • Real-time granular synthesizer for Win32. Beta version available for download.
  • Hauptwerk
  • A Windows virtual pipe organ. Allows you to create your own pipe organ using the samples of your choices.
  • JMusic
  • Music composition in Java. JMusic is a library of classes for generating and manipulating music. It is able to write MIDI and audio files. Audio examples available.
  • JMSL
  • Java Music Specification Language (JMSL) is a new Java-based development tool for experiments in algorithmic composition, live performance, and intelligent instrument design.
  • Jsyn
  • Using JSyn, Java programmers can add sophisticated high fidelity audio synthesis to their Java applets or applications
  • KeyToSound
  • Create softsynths for Windows and MacOS. KeyToSound Remedy is a free softsynth for Windows XP and PowerPC.
  • Korg
  • Now presenting the Legacy Collection featuring software versions of the MS-20, Wavestation and PolySix synthesizers.
  • LinPlug
  • LinPlug produce VSTi instruments for the PC.
  • Making Waves
  • PC software that mixes up to 64 channels of (replacable) samples mixed realtime or rendered to a wave file. Demo available.
  • McDSP
  • Make audio TDM & RTAS plugins for Mac OSX & Win XP including Synthesizer 1 that includes wavetable, FM, AM, Ring modulation, additive, and subtractive synthesis.
  • Mellosoftron
  • Polyhedric's live sampler and patch editor available as shareware (Also a developers SDK available). Other related applications include Ace Of WAV ( formerly Acid WAV } sound editor & synthesizer, MIDInight Express a soft wavetable playback synth and MIDI-WAV renderer and also WAVmaker a CD quality MIDI-WAV renderer.
  • Metasynth
  • U&I Software present their Macintosh based soft synth & sample playback package featuring 512 voices, sound morphing, granular synthesis, graphic based editing of filters plus more. Also see Xx, midi sequencing software designed to complement Metasynth
  • Midicode
  • Windows software featuring AM/FM software synthesis.
  • Miditzer
  • Miditzer is a Virtual Theatre Organ you can play on your computer, based on the 1925 Wurlitzer Style 216 Theatre Pipe Organ.
  • MOTU
  • Software products include soft synthesis and soft sampling products for Mac and Windows.
  • Muon Software
  • Electron is a full-scale VST synth from Muon. Three warm 64-bit oscillators, two independent multimode resonant filters and a huge range of modulation routings. Atom Pro is also available for PC and Mac.
  • Nanoloop
  • Experimental software for the Nintendo Gameboy that provides a synthesizer/sequencer with no other hardware required.
  • Native Instruments
  • NI make a variety of soft synthesis and sampling packages for Window and Mac. Products include Kontact, Komplete, Absynths and FM-8 a software synth providing full DX-7 support ( see the Yahoo FM7 Group ).
  • Om
  • Om is a realtime modular synthesizer and effects processor for GNU/Linux audio systems.
  • Onyx
  • Onyx by Jasmine Music provides powerful sequencing, harmonizer and MIDI-2-Audio rendering.
  • ProSounds
  • ProSounds present PS-1 Performance Synthesizer a VSTi plugin for Windows the result of a collaboration between ProSounds and DASH Signature and has been designed with the advanced sound designer and electronic musician in mind.
  • Psycle
  • Windows tracker software that now accepts MIDI files so you can just use it as a sound source.
  • Rainbow VST Plugin
  • Big Tick Software present a virtual soft synth plugin for VST2.0 offering FM, AM, additive and subtractive synthesis.
  • Rob Papen
  • 'blue' is a new soft synth for Mac and Windows from sound designer Rob Papen.
  • RGC Audio
  • Home of the z3ta+ waveshaping synthesizer.
  • Reason / Rebirth
  • Available for Windows and MacOS. The makers of Rebirth the famous soft synth and sequencer now present Reason which has taken Rebirth to the next level and provides a full soft audio workstation including sample and loop support as well as soft synthesis and sequencing. RebirthApp.com covers iPad and iPhone Rebirth apps. See Dance Net's Rebirth RB-338 archive ,Mig Music's Rebirth Dance Collections and Florian's ReNovator. Saynomore offer Reconvert, a MIDI conversion tool for Rebirth. ReasonFreaks is site for all Reason users. ReasonBanks.com sell sampling libraries in refill format for Reason. ReasonStation.com have a good collection of Reason tutorials. funk-station.co.uk also have links to Reason resources.
  • Rob Papen
  • Present soft synths for Mac and Windows including "blue" offering flexible sound programming environments.
  • RolloSONIC
  • Windows software that enables you to create electronic sounds from your mouse movement.
  • Rubber Duck
  • Rubber Duck is a virtual bassline for Windows from D-Lusion "Acid for the masses !" Also other mod tracker software.
  • Sampletank
  • Sampletank is an advanced sampler/synth VST instrument for Mac/Win providing 100s of high quality sounds. Sample Tank 1.1 Free for Windows and Mac is available for download NOW !!
  • Sawcutter
  • Sawcutter is a Windows soft synth and wave designer to assist you in creating your own waves.
  • Seer System - Reality / SurReal
  • Reality is capable of simultaneous polyphonic and multi-timbral performance of multiple synthesis techniques, including PCM (sampling, wavetable), Subtractive (analog), FM, Waveguide, Physical Modeling, and Modal synthesis. Also Seer Systems have other software wavetable synth upgrades for Sound Blaster 16 & AWE 32/64 cards. SurReal is another soft synth / sample playback app that provides many of the features of Reality at a lower price point .
  • SFX Machine
  • Modular synthesis and multi-effects plug-in for the Mac
  • Sonik Synth
  • Sample-based synth workstation VSTi plugin for Mac and PC.
  • Space Station Pro
  • Virtual sampler for DOS and Win9x. Demo available for download. Also see the Sound-On-Sound review for more info.
  • Spectrasonics
  • Create MAS, RTAS and VST instruments for Mac and PC.
  • SpiralSynth Modular
  • A Linux Open Source project. SpiralSynth Modular is an object orientated music studio with an emphasis on live use.
  • Spongefork
  • A wavetable synth created with an intent to create a self-contained software instrument capable of responding to gestural control. It is an instrument designed for live performance. Because of this, all sound is triggered from either the mouse or keyboard requiring no other gear.
  • Steinberg
  • Steinberg make a range of digital audio products including VST softsynths. VSTi plugins are available for PC and Mac.
  • Stomper - Drum Sound Synth
  • Freeware Windows software to produce T909-808 like waves. Well worth trying.
  • Storm
  • STORM is a all-in-one software studio made up of synthesizers and effects, originally supplied with 10 sound modules and 7 effects. For Windows and Mac platforms.
  • Subsynth
  • SubSynth is a freeware synthesiser program for Windows. It uses subtractive synthesis - the method used by analogue synthesisers like Moogs and Roland TB303s.
  • Super Collider
  • SuperCollider is an environment for real time audio synthesis which runs on a Power Macintosh with no additional hardware featuring a built in programming language
  • SuperWave
  • SuperWave is a freeware VST virtual analog softsynth.
  • Syd
  • Freeware modular synth for Windows and Mac. Source code available as well.
  • Synapse Audio
  • Present a wide range of soft synth products.
  • SynC Modular
  • Soft synth for Win9x/NT4.0 with MIDI support. Now Sync Modular is no longer in production having entered into collaboration with Native Instruments Currently registered Windows users are being offered Reaktor soft synth. See their announcement.
  • Synth1
  • Synth1 is a freeware synth for Windows. No English language option.
  • SynthEdit
  • Jeff McClintock presents his Windows soft synth. Uses DirectX and can operate realtime on a fast PC or render to disk. Also check the Synthedit Ring for related websites and resources. Killer Synths has some Synthedit synths available.
  • Syntheway
  • Create VSTi instruments including piano, harpsichord and choir.
  • Synthmaker
  • Let's you make your own virtual instruments.
  • Synth Master
  • Soft synth available for Windows and Mac OS.
  • TiMidity
  • Freeware Midi wave renderer available for Linux or FreeBSD with the VoxWare sound driver, HP-UX with the HP network audio server, SunOS or Solaris with /dev/audio, DEC OSF/1 with MMS support, Microsoft Windows NT or 95, MS-DOS & MacOS.
  • Toccata
  • A Windows Pipe Organ simulation.
  • TruePianos
  • Software piano VSTi for Windows and Mac.
  • Tuareg 2
  • Tuareg is a Windows phrase sampler.
  • UFO Light
  • Windows softsynth featuring Audeon's TransModal Synthesis.
  • VAZ - Virtual synth
  • A soft virtual analog synth for Windows.
  • vi2
  • The home of VI One and many other software instruments for Windows and Mac.
  • Virsyn
  • Uses the power of analog and digital synthesis combined with new physical models. New user interface elements navigate through 8-dimensional sound spaces exceeding the limits of traditional sound morphing
  • Virtual Sampler SDK
  • Software wavetable engine software development kit to use in developing your own applications.
  • Vocal Writer
  • Shareware music & vocal synthesis software for the Power Mac. Not only playback & edit GM midi files, but it will also sing your lyrics (85 voices to choose from)
  • VSamp
  • Soft sampler with polyphonic playback available for the Mac. Works with OMS and FreeMIDI.
  • Way Out Ware
  • TimewARP 2600 is a soft emulation of the ARP 2600 for ProTools and VST under Apple OSX and Windows XP.
  • Wusik
  • VSTi sampler/rompler plugin for Windows covering NewAge to SoundTracks, from Dance to Techno. Demo available to download.
  • X-Incarn
  • Windows loop processing application featuring ADSR envelopes, low pass filter, resonance, distortion scratching, pitch shift etc.
  • Zrs.Synth
  • A Java appelet that includes FM and additive synthesis.




    Soft Synthesis Related Sites


  • ComputerMusic
  • ComputerMusic UK provide many relevant articles on digital audio and soft synths.
  • Dancetech
  • Good range of info including articles covering softsynths.
  • DashSignature.com
  • "Virtual Synth Designers" that design Reaktor synth emulators and now work with VST and Infinity. Also see Reaktorsynths.com and Infinitysynths.com.
  • K-v-R
  • Create VST plugins and also provide lots of info and links to resources.
  • Extreme Sample Translator
  • Extreme Sample Converter is a multifunctional audio program, browser, player, and program editor with advanced conversion between different sample formats. It supports most sample formats including Giga, Akai, SoundFont and Halion. Also provides an autolooping function.
  • Future Producers
  • Provides reviews on software including softsynths and also has active forums.
  • MacMusic News
  • News on new Mac softsynths as well as other music software.
  • Maz Home
  • Links to tracker resources & softsynths, plus a description accompanying each.
  • PatchArena.com
  • Many links to soft synths including VSTi plugins.
  • Shareware Music Machine
  • The soft synths listing by platform at Shareware Music Machine.
  • Softpedia
  • Provides a list of links to soft synths and audio mixers.
  • Softsynth.com
  • Good technical links to soft synthesis references. Also home of Jsyn, audio synthesis under Java
  • SonicSpot
  • SonicSpot provides a detailed and easy to navigate guide to PC music software available online, including soft synths. Some software links are accompanied by a star rating.
  • Virtual Instruments Magazine
  • Features software instruments including synths and samplers.
  • Virtual Synth Page
  • Good collection of reviews of both soft synths and hardware assisted synthesizers.


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