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Encyclopedia > Software synthesizer

A software synthesizer, also known as a softsynth or virtual instrument is a computer program for digital audio generation. It works like a common synthesizer, but is realized entirely in software. A software synthesizer will typically respond to MIDI calls like a normal synthesizer module. Propellerhead ReBirth popularized the software synthesizer. A computer program is a collection of instructions that describe a task, or set of tasks, to be carried out by a computer. ... Digital audio comprises audio signals stored in a digital format. ... A synthesizer (or synthesiser) is an electronic musical instrument designed to produce electronically generated sound, using techniques such as additive, subtractive, FM, physical modelling synthesis, phase distortion, or Scanned synthesis. ... Computer software (or simply software) refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of a computer for some purpose. ... Musical Instrument Digital Interface, or MIDI, is a system designed to transmit information between electronic musical instruments. ... Rebirth may refer the following spiritual/religious concepts: Reincarnation Buddhist Rebirth The experience of being born again in Christianity Rebirth may also refer to: Rebirth, an album by Pain Rebirth, an album by Jennifer Lopez Rebirth, an album by Gackt Rebirth, an album by Angra ReBirth RB-338, software synthesizer...

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Types of software synthesizer

Software synthesizers can run as stand-alone applications or as plugins within other applications. A plugin (or plug-in) is a computer program that interacts with a main (or host) application (a web browser or an email program, for example) to provide a certain, usually very specific, function on-demand. ...


There are various audio plugin formats that allow implementation of software synthesizers including:

Audio Units is a plug-in API developed by Apple Computer to add functionality to audio creation and recording software. ... Virtual Studio Technology and its acronym VST refer to an interface standard for connecting audio synthesizer and effect plugins to audio editors and hard-disk recording systems. ... DirectX is a collection of APIs for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game programming, on Microsoft platforms. ... Microsoft is one of few companies engaging itself in the console wars Where they are up against sony, nintendo, and of course sharps new console which may cause a threat. ... DSSI (a recursive acronym for DSSI Soft Synth Instrument) is a virtual instrument (software synthesizer) plugin architecture for music sequencer applications running under Linux. ... LADSPA is an acronym for Linux Audio Developers Simple Plugin API. It is an LGPLed standard interface for handling filters, effects and the like in Linux-based operating systems. ... Pro Tools is a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) by Digidesign for music production and digital audio editing. ... Time-division multiplexing (TDM) is a type of digital or (rarely) analog multiplexing in which two or more signals or bit streams are transferred apparently simultaneously as sub-channels in one communication channel, but physically are taking turns on the channel. ... Digital Performer is a full-featured Digital Audio Workstation/Sequencer software package published by Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU) of Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... Nyquist is a programming language for sound synthesis and analysis based on the Lisp programming language. ... This article refers to the software product. ... This article is in regard to the different audio components in older versions of Microsoft Windows. ...

Popular software synthesizers

Absynth is a commercial, proprietary software synthesizer, currently in its 3rd generation, ported to both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS platforms. ... Click MusicalKEYS is a free MIDI musical keyboard software for Windows by Bapuli Online. ... Crystal is a freeware software synthesizer, running on Windows, Mac and Linux in the VST environment. ... Csound is a computer programming language for dealing with sound, also known as a sound compiler or a music programming language. ... The Yamaha DX7 Digital Synthesizer Yamaha DX7 was a synthesizer manufactured by the Yamaha Corporation from 1983 to 1986, based on FM synthesis. ... The Yamaha DX7 was a synthesizer manufactured by the Yamaha Corporation from 1983 to 1986, based on FM synthesis. ... Jamstix - Free Jam Jamstix - Arranger Jamstix - Rhythm Editor Jamstix - Mixer Jamstix is a VST instrument produced by Rayzoon Technologies. ... In computers, Logic Express 7 is a program for music production developed by Apple and based on Logic Pro 6. ... Logic Pro is a MIDI sequencer and Digital Audio Workstation software application that runs on the Mac OS X platform. ... Physical modelling synthesis is the synthesis of sound by using a set of equations and algorithms to simulate a physical source of sound. ... Alternate meanings: MAX Max is a graphical development environment for music and multimedia developed and maintained by San Francisco-based software company Cycling74. ... Mellotron MK II The Mellotron is an electromechanical polyphonic keyboard musical instrument originally developed and built in Birmingham, England in the early 1960s. ... In Greek mythology, the Muses (Greek , Mousai: from the Proto-Indo-European root *men- think, from which mind and mental are also derived[1]) are nine goddesses or spiritual guides who embody the arts and inspire the creation process with their graces through remembered and improvised song and stage, writing... Nyquist is a programming language for sound synthesis and analysis based on the Lisp programming language. ... ARP Instruments, Inc. ... Orion Platinum Orion Platinum is a music production suite developed by Synapse Audio Software. ... Pure Data with many patches open (netpd project) Pure Data (or Pd) is a graphical programming language developed by Miller Puckette in the 1990s for the creation of interactive computer music and multimedia works. ... An example of a Reaktor 5 ensemble Structure Reaktor is a graphical modular software sound studio developed by Native Instruments. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Reason (program). ... Rebirth may refer the following spiritual/religious concepts: Reincarnation Buddhist Rebirth The experience of being born again in Christianity Rebirth may also refer to: Rebirth, an album by Pain Rebirth, an album by Jennifer Lopez Rebirth, an album by Gackt Rebirth, an album by Angra ReBirth RB-338, software synthesizer... SuperCollider is a real time audio synthesis programming language, originally written by James McCartney. ... SynFactory is an open source software synthesizer for Windows. ... SynthEdit is an extremely powerful shareware Windows application which uses a modular VPL (Visual Programming Language) for creating music synthesizers and effects units as workflows. ... Sytrus is a software synthesizer included in the music production program FL Studio. ... Physical modelling synthesis is the synthesis of sound by using a set of equations and algorithms to simulate a physical source of sound. ... Timidity is a MIDI and KAR to WAVE converter and player distributed under the terms of GNU general public license. ... The current version of the article or section reads like an advertisement. ... ZynAddSubFX is an open source software synthesizer for Linux and Windows. ...

See also

This article should be merged with Digital Audio Workstation. ... In the field of electronic music, a sequencer was originally any device that recorded and played back a sequence of control information for an electronic musical instrument. ... A Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) is a system designed to record, edit and play back digital audio. ...

External links

  • Software synthesizer news
  • Introduction to Virtual Instruments at Sweetwater.com
  • Application for software physical modelling - project "Sound Synthesis", Novosibirsk state university

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