Soft Synths/Samplers

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AeolusPipe organ synth with 3 manuals and 1 pedal, 5 different temperaments, variable tuning, stereo, surround or Ambisonics output, flexible audio controls including a large church reverb. Uses JACK2013
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ALSA Modular SynthComplex modular synth. Uses JACK2014-04-01
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amsLV2 plugins derived from "Alsa Modular Synth". These plugins are used to create modular synths and contain a VCO, VCF, VCA, LFO, Slew Limiter, Envelop, and Sample+Hold2017-01-21 
amSynthModelling synth. Uses JACK2017-06-25
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AZR-3 [JACK]A tonewheel organ with drawbars, distortion and rotating speakers. Uses JACK audio and MIDI. Based upon the AZR3 VST plugin by Rumpelrausch Täips2010-03-12
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BeatfishPattern-controlled drum sampler. Uses JACK for audio. Enlightenment for its GUI
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BeatrixCommand-line hammond-style drawbar organ app with overdrive, leslie sim, and reverb. Uses OSS (not ALSA or JACK)2006 
Beats By Designan "artificially intelligent drum machine", requires jMusic and Java2013 
BLOPband-limited oscillator LADSPA plugins2004-06-20 
bristolClassic synth emulations. Uses JACK2012-04-27
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Calf Studio Gear pluginsLarge collection of synths and effect LV2 plugins 
Chainsaw synthBasic subtractive synth with supersaw oscillator. Linux VST plugin2010-11-17 
ChionicLinux sampling software from Juan Linietsky (reduz)2005-05-01
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connieSimulation of an electronic organ like Vox Continental. A second model features a "poor man's hammond". Uses JACK for audio and MIDI2009
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ct-synthPolyphonic synthesizer, built with custom GUI toolkit, for Linux and Android2016-4-20 
Cumulusreal-time granular synth. Uses OSS2001-02-12
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cursynthCommand-line 32 voice polyphonic synth. 2 osc's with 15 anti-aliased waveforms. Low/high pass resonant filter. Routable modulation matrix with MIDI learn2014 
Delfina realtime software sampler2003-02-16
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RTSynthVoice controlled resonance instrument. Requires JACK and a microphone
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dinSynth that lets you draw your own oscillator waveform using Bezier curves. Uses JACK for audio and MIDI2017-03-26
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DISTRHO ProjectLarge collection of synths and effect LV2 plugins2014 
drmr lv2 drumslv2 MIDI-controlled drum sampler that uses hydrogen drumkits2012 
drumkv1LV2 MIDI-controlled drum sampler. Standalone version also2016-02-22
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DrumpilerWrite or generate drum and tone patterns in a simple programming language. Mix it using the sample assembler (asampler). Renders to files or plays real-time 
eDrummerTurns your computer into a drum kit you play live with MIDI drum pads.2016/05 
ElaraOld MIDI-controlled synth2001-03-04
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FablaLV2 MIDI-controlled drum sampler2012-01-07 
FluidGUIGUI for FluidSynth written in Java / Swing2004-06-18
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FluidSynthMIDI synthesizer using SF2 soundfonts. Uses JACK and/or ALSA directly2014-06-07
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FluidSynth-DSSITurns "FluidSynth" into a DSSI plugin2009-01-05 
foo-yc20YC20 organ emulation2011-01-28 
fsthostApp that runs Windows VSTs via WINE libs2016-05-31
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Fultron 2002Old Pattern-controlled drum sampler. Uses SDL2002
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GENPOReplicates the essential features of any pipe, theatre, or reed organ. GENPO reads a description of an organ (from a XML file) and presents a GUI for operating that organ. You must supply your own organ waveforms2008-11-26
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GrandOrguesample based pipe organ 
GroovitOld command-line Pattern-controlled drum synth. Uses OSS1999
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gsynthOld Roland TB-303 emulator synth. Plays programmed bass line2001-07-30
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hexterYamaha DX7 modeling DSSI plugin2014-06-11 
horgandFM-synthesis organ, JACK-aware, with DSP effects and programmable accompaniment2008
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HydrogenPattern-controlled drum sampler. Uses JACK or ALSA for audio, and ALSA sequencer for MIDI2016-11-13
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Ingenmodular synthesizer that runs under JACK and uses LADSPA andor DSSI plugins (formerly known as Om)
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Internet SynthWeb-based synth (source available by request) 
JackbeatPattern-controlled drum sampler. Uses JACK or PulseAudio2012-02-08
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jackMiniSyntha minimal subtractive synth (with Moog filter) for JACK 
JSamplerJava GUI for "Linuxsampler"2009-08-03 
libtimiditylibTiMidity is a MIDI to WAVE converter library.2004-11-24 
LinuxsamplerLV2 sampler supports sample libraries in Sfz, GIG, DLS, and Akai formats. Standalone version also2007-12-06
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MinicomputerSynth for creating experimental electronic sounds. Uses JACK2010-01-31
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Monomono synth2000-04-14
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MSSGTK Synth. Uses OSS (not ALSA or JACK)2002-06-22
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Mx44synth very good for esoteric pads and ultra electric leads. Uses JACK2009-12-24
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newtonatorLV2 synth that uses a unique algorithm based on simple ideas of velocity and acceleration to produce some unpredictable sounds2012-08-26 
obxOberheim OBX synth emulation2016-10-1
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OctavianModular MIDI-controlled synth. Uses JACK2005-02-09
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orDrumboxdrum-machine in Java2016-11-06
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Petri-FooPetri-Foo is a contemporary fork of the Specimen sampler2012-08-06
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PHASEXGTK Synth built around flexible phase modulation and flexible oscillator/LFO sources. Modulations include AM, FM, offset PM, and wave select. PHASEX comes equipped with multiple filter types and modes, a stereo crossover delay and chorus with phaser, ADSR envelopes, etc. Uses JACK2013
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pleiad maiasimple GTK 2 osc substractive synth. Uses ALSA 
PolyphonePolyphone is an excellent tool for creating, editing, and combining SoundFonts in the SF2 format.2014-10-21 
PSIndustrializerPhysical modeling synth for generating percussion sounds. It also can produce chimes, bubbles, gongs, hammer hits on different materials and so on. With OpenGL GUI2005-10-03 
pyTrommlerGTK Pattern-controlled drum sampler written in Python2006
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QSamplerQt GUI for LinuxSampler2017-04-27 
QSynthQt GUI Interface for FluidSynth2017-04-27
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RTSynthmidi-controlled synth. Uses ALSA or JACK2006-12-24
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samplv1MIDI-controlled LV2 sampler. Standalone version also2017-06-21
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San DysthSynth that generates various sounds inbetween white noise and pure tone2008-03-06
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setbfreehammond-style drawbar organ2017-01-04
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simsamSoftware sampler maps multiple wave files to "key ranges". Uses JACK
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SineshaperMonophonic waveshaping DSSI synth 
SlagPattern-controlled drum synth. Uses JACK2006
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SlatChild-like synth works/sounds like a theremin2005-09-27
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SmackMIDI-controlled drum synth. Uses JACK 
SoundtankLADSPA host designed for making and playing softsynths2004-11-22
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Specimena MIDI-controllable sampler. Uses JACK2007-03-12
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SpiralLoopsa loop-based sampler with plugin support2001-05-07
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Spiral Synthsynth
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Spiral Synth Modularmodular software synth, augment it with LADSPA plugins2004-03-20
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SwamiSoundFont editor and management software.2014-04-25
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SynthForgeA modular sound synthesiser, for creating audio synths and effects for Linux.2009-08-17
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synthv1LV2 polyphonic synth. Standalone version also2016-02-22
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tapeutapeSampler that lets you create instruments/kits/setups and is designed for live performance. Uses JACK2008-11-16
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The Linux Softsynth Roundupthe shape of things in May 20032003-05-01 
TiMidity++greatly extended and enhanced version of TiMidity2004-10-04
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TK-707Pattern-controlled drum synth. Emulation of the Roland TR-707 drum machine. Uses ALSA 
Triceratops LV2 SynthSubstractive Poly LV2 Synth2016-11-28 
Ultramaster Juno-6software emulation of the classic Roland analog synth2006-06-16
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VCO-PluginsThree anti-aliased oscillators as LADSPA plugins 
Virtual Drum MachineOld command-line Pattern-controlled drum sampler. Uses OSS
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WhySynthA DSSI Softsynth Plugin2012-09-03 
XdrumOld Pattern-controlled drum sampler for X and the Athena widget set
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XsynthMIDI-controlled analog-style realtime synthesizer1999-08-06DS  
YoshimiA Software Synthesizer forked from ZynAddSubFX2017-06-24
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zynPort of ZynAddSubFX synth engines to LV2 
ZynAddSubFXImpressive FLTK-based realtime softsynth with multiple synthesis algorithms and FX2016-11-28
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