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Aeolus
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...
Alsa Modular Synth
AlsaModularSynth (AMS) is a realtime modular synthesizer and effect processor.
ams-lv2
ams.lv2 is a set of LV2 plugin ports of the internal modules found in Alsa Modular Synth. These plugins are used to create modular synthesizers and, amongst others, contains: VCO VCF VCA LFO Slew...
AMSynth
AMSynth is an open source realtime software synthesizer for Linux. Its operation is similar to analog Moog Minimoog and Roland Juno-60, which are considered classic synthesizers from the 1970s. It is available in various formats, including LV2 and...
Calf Organ
Calf Organ is based on a drawbar organ; rather than emulating a specific organ it takes the basic idea and expands on it. You can adjust the harmonic and the waveform of each drawbar, and independently pan and detune them, too. It also has a pair of resonant filters, and three envelopes for...
Dexed
Dexed is a plugin synth that is closely modeled on the Yamaha DX7. The goal of this synth is to be a tool/companion for...
Fluidsynth
FluidSynth is a real-time software synthesizer based on the SoundFont 2 specifications. FluidSynth itself does not have a graphical user interface (GUI), however, there are frontends that exist for it, eg: Qsynth...
Helm
Helm is a free, cross-platform, polyphonic synthesizer that runs on GNU/Linux, Mac, and Windows as a standalone program and as a LV2/VST/AU/AAX plugin. It sounds absolutely enormous, has a very distinct personality, and is generally very fun to use. The release is in beta, but given a...
Hexter
Hexter is a software synthesizer that models the sound generation of a Yamaha DX7 synthesizer. It is available as a DSSI plugin and also as a standalone client.
Infamous Plugins
Infamous Plugins is a collection of open-source LV2 plugins. It aims to fill some holes, supplying non-existing plugins for linux audio. The suite consists of - The Infamous Cellular Automaton Synth The Infamous Envelope Follower The Infamous Hip2B ...
Ingen
Ingen is a modular audio processing system for GNU/Linux audio systems using the Jack audio server and LV2 or LADSPA plugins. It can be used to create modular synths by using synth plugin modules. Any saved Ingen graph can be loaded...
Nekobi
Nekobi is a single-oscillator synth that provides a rich, punchy timbre typical of bass synths. Waveform choice is square or saw, fine-detunable up or down one octave.
Newtonator
The Newtonator is an LV2 soft synth that uses a unique algorithm based on simple ideas of velocity and acceleration to produce some unpredictable sounds.
padthv1
padthv1 (yes, lowercase) is an old-school polyphonic additive synthesizer based on the PADsynth algorithm by Paul Nasca, as a special variant of additive synthesis created by ...
Pure Data
Pure Data (aka Pd) is an open source visual programming language. Pd enables musicians, visual artists, performers, researchers, and developers to create software graphically, without writing lines of code. Pd is a so-called data flow programming language, where software called patches...
setBfree
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. It is...
Supercollider
SuperCollider is an environment and programming language for real-time audio synthesis and algorithmic composition.
Synthv1
synthv1 (yes, lowercase) is an old-school all-digital 4-oscillator subtractive polyphonic synthesizer with stereo fx created by Qtractor author Rui Nuno Capela. It comes as a stand-alone...
Tal NoiseMaker
Tal NoiseMaker is a very flexible, and popular, softsynth. The Linux port of Tal NoiseMaker is part of the Distrho ports, , maintained by falkTX. ...
Triceratops
Triceratops is an analogue style polyphonic subtractive synthesizer plugin, for use with the LV2 plug architecture, at this time there is no standalone version. An up to date version of the LV2 library is required along with a suitable host (e.g. Qtractor, Jalv, Ardour), I highly recommend...
Tunefish
Tunefish is a very unique kind of "demoscener" VST plugin synth.Tunefish is a very tiny virtual analog synthesizer. It is developed to fit into about 10kb of compressed machine code while still producing an audio quality that can compete with commercial synthesizers. This site was created to...
Vex
Vex
Vex is a 3 parts WAVTable synthetizer plugin ; You start with pre-defined wave sounds, and shape them via a classic substractive synth engine.
Whysynth
Whysynth is a DSSI Softsynth Plugin. Features include - 4 oscillators, 2 filters, 3 LFOs, and 5 envelope generators per voice. 10 oscillator modes: minBLEP, wavecycle,...
Wolpertinger
Wolpertinger is a subtractive, antialiased polyphonic software synthesizer. Sound is generated by a Saw/Rect/Triangle wave generator and filtered through a resonant bandpass filter whose center frequency "bounces" around the frequency of the playing notes. Thanks to the Juce...
Yoshimi
Yoshimi is a standalone software synthesizer for Linux based on the 2.4.0 release of ZynAddSubFX, written by Nasca Octavian Paul. Yoshimi delivers the same synth capabilities, along with very good JACK and ALSA...

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