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ZynAddSubFX on Linux
ZynAddSubFX on Linux
Original author(s)Nasca Octavian Paul
Developer(s)Mark McCurry, Harald Hvaal
Initial releaseSeptember 25, 2002 (2002-09-25)
Stable release
3.0.5 / April 15, 2019; 5 months ago (2019-04-15)
Written inC++
Operating systemBSD, Linux, Mac OS X, Windows
Available inEnglish

ZynAddSubFX (also now called Zyn-Fusion) is a free and open-source software synthesizer for Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. As of version 3, the completely new user interface is being released under proprietary terms with an open-source-eventually intention while the synthesis engine remains under the original GPL terms.[1]

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.[2][3]

The original author of ZynAddSubFX is Romanian programmer Nasca Octavian Paul.[4][5] The project was started in March 2002[2] and the first public version (1.0.0) was released on September 25, 2002.[6] Since 2009, the new maintainer is Mark McCurry.[7]

Sound generation[edit]

ZynAddSubFX combines several different methods of audio synthesis in order to create sounds: additive synthesis by the ADSynth engine,[2] subtractive synthesis by the SUBSynth engine,[2] and an original algorithm used to generate wavetables in the PADSynth engine.[8]

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. Slavonic pagan ambient project Svitlo albums were created using zynaddsubfx as synthesizer.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://zynaddsubfx.sourceforge.net/demo.html
  2. ^ a b c d http://zynaddsubfx.sourceforge.net/
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 23, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://zynaddsubfx.sourceforge.net/credits.html
  5. ^ http://www.paulnasca.com/open-source-projects
  6. ^ http://zynaddsubfx.sourceforge.net/news.html
  7. ^ http://zynaddsubfx.sourceforge.net/contribute.html
  8. ^ http://zynaddsubfx.sourceforge.net/doc/PADsynth/PADsynth.htm

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