Re: [linux-audio-user] Your synth wishlist?

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Subject: Re: [linux-audio-user] Your synth wishlist?
From: Russell Hanaghan (
Date: Fri Jul 30 2004 - 05:03:55 EEST

On Thu, 2004-07-29 at 15:26, Dave Robillard wrote:
> Hello LAU,
> I'm designing a modular synth engine, and would like to get some input
> on desired features/abilities to make sure it's designed in a way that
> will make it the most flexible.
> So, what features are important to you in a synth? What annoys you
> about the current crop of linux synths?
> Already planned (* = working right now):
> * Low latency realtime operation via Jack
> * 100% LADSPA plugins, not Yet Another Internal Plugin Format
> - (DSSI and perhaps VST are being considered)
> * Seperate engine and frontend(s), ALL communication via OSC (Open Sound
> Control)
> The main GUI will be a modular a lot like AMS/SSM/etc. but there's no
> reason it has to be, the engine can be used from the command line, in
> programs/scripts (from any language that can talk OSC), hardcoded in
> custom synths, etc. etc. This will allow, for example, algorithmic
> composition in C without the limitations of MIDI and discrete notes.
> The use of OSC means you can run the engine transparently over the
> network (on 20 machines if you so please..)
> - Polyphonic, runtime selectable (in the works right now)
> - Multitimbral
> * ALSA MIDI in will be through a seperate application, which will allow
> binding of any MIDI controller to any param in the synth
> - Sending OSC messages from module ports
> * Sample accurate everything
> - The main modular frontend will support LASH (formerly LADCCA), and
> allow building of control panels ala galan
> I'm very open to suggestions, that's why I started this thread.. let's
> hear 'em
> Cheers,

Not what most "synthesizer" enthusiasts consider a "modular synth" but
if I see a REAL need out there it would be to create a module that has a
GM instrument wavetable with at least one drum set and the typical 128
midi instruments. FLuid synth is alright I guess if you like
soundfonts... I mean something modeled on the likes of Edirol Hyper
Canvas or Roland Virtual Sound canvas, Wingroove or Yamaha's SY-XG
virtual softsynth.

> -DR-

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