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ZynAddSubFX on Linux
Original author(s) Nasca Octavian Paul
Developer(s) Mark McCurry, Harald Hvaal
Initial release September 25, 2002 (2002-09-25)
Stable release 2.4.4 / June 29, 2014; 5 months ago (2014-06-29)
Development status Active
Written in C++
Operating system BSD, Linux, Mac OS X, Windows
Size 1.4Mb
Available in English
Type Synthesizer
License GPL
Website http://zynaddsubfx.sourceforge.net/

ZynAddSubFX is a free open source software synthesizer for Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

For sound generation it has three hybrid synth engines that combine additive, subtractive, Fourier and other synthesis methods. No external samples are used to produce the sound; everything is done by synthesis. The synthesizer has effects like reverberation, echo, chorus, distortion, equalization and others, and supports microtonal tunings.[1][2]

The author of ZynAddSubFX is a Romanian programmer Nasca Octavian Paul.[3][4] The project was started in March 2002[1] and the first public version (1.0.0) was released on September 25, 2002.[5]

A limited Mac OS X version was released by Ben Powers. It has been reported however that this port is PowerPC only (G4-G5 chips).[6][7]

A VST port implementation is now available, being maintained by jackoo (Vlad Ionescu) on the KVR Audio Forums.[8] The VST version is still in beta development, but has been tested with hosts such as VSTHost, EnergyXT 1.41, Cubase and REAPER. The latest version features a 'MidiLearn' mechanism (which enables users to assign CC messages to various controls), native VST parameter automation and multiple outputs.

Sound generation[edit]

ZynAddSubFX combines several different methods of audio synthesis in order to create sounds: additive synthesis by the ADSynth engine,[1] subtractive synthesis by the SUBSynth engine,[1] and an original algorithm used to generate wavetables in the PADSynth engine.[9]

Music made with ZynAddSubFX[edit]

ZynAddSubFX was featured in the KVR One-Synth-Challenge contest.

In November 2013, unfa released an album that was entirely made with ZynAddSubFX.


The official support page is featured on the KVR Audio forums: ZynAddSubFX support

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d http://zynaddsubfx.sourceforge.net/
  2. ^ http://www.xen-arts.com/2013/01/zynaddsubfx-windows-vsti-microtuning.html
  3. ^ http://zynaddsubfx.sourceforge.net/credits.html
  4. ^ http://www.paulnasca.com/open-source-projects
  5. ^ http://zynaddsubfx.sourceforge.net/news.html
  6. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20060128141330/
  7. ^ http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=370041
  8. ^ http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=268277
  9. ^ http://zynaddsubfx.sourceforge.net/doc/PADsynth/PADsynth.htm

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