Didn’t I mention for the last 2 months I have been working on a synthesizer application?
I am pleased to announce that vModSynth 1.0 is now publicly released and available to download.
What is vModSynth? It’s a modular software synthesizer for Linux. It is not intended to be as convenient as possible, but to resemble the look & feel of a real, analog, modular software synthesizer. See for yourself:
vModSynth allows you to play with a modular synth on your computer. You are free to choose any modules you wish, you can connect them however you want, and you will hear the result immediately. The synthesizer intentionally resembles the look of a modular synthesizer (I was inspired by modules manufactured by synthesizers.com), and it imitates behavior of one.
vModSynth integrates perfectly with external MIDI devices – you can play it with an external keyboard, and you can bind any knob to a knob/slider on your physical device, so that you can actually feel the synthesizer, and modify it’s parameters just as on a real one! You can also connect any external sequencing application, like Rosegarden or harmonySEQ.
There is a number of modules you can add to your setup. A all-in-one oscillator, some effects, some processing modules, whatever you like. If I continue to develop this project, the number of modules will certainly grow, as creating new ones is very easy.
No limits to the number of modules, the number of connections, loops in connections, you are absolutely free. Just build your own synthesizing path and hear it in action.
The source file can be downloaded here. Compilation is as simple as ./configure && make && make install . A detailed user manual is available in the ./doc directory.
There is also a PPA for Ubuntu 12.04/12.10/13.04 available. To add it an install, use sudo add-apt-repository ppa:smartboyhw/vmodsynth-release && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install vmodsynth . Thanks to Howard Chan for maintaining the PPA!
Questions, ideas, bugs? Please contact me directly, or leave a comment here. I have not yet recognized the level of interest others may have in this piece of software, and I need to investigate whether it makes sense to setup a bug tracker etc. However, if you are interested in contributing to this project, writing new awesome modules or generally helping me make vModSynth a awesome synthesizer, you will be welcome with my arms wide open!