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Softsynths and Samplers

Samplers/synths (standalone)

If described as a “sampler”, this means the app loads/plays sampled waveforms. If described as a “synth”, this means the app's sounds are synthesized via oscillators, or physical modeling.

PageDescriptionRelease DateTags
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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amSynthModelling synth. Uses JACK2017-06-25
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BeatrixCommand-line hammond-style drawbar organ app with overdrive, leslie sim, and reverb. Uses OSS (not ALSA or JACK)2006 
bristolClassic synth emulations. Uses JACK2012-04-27
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ChionicLinux sampling software from Juan Linietsky (reduz)2005-05-01
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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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ElaraOld MIDI-controlled synth2001-03-04
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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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fsthostApp that runs Windows VSTs via WINE libs2016-05-31
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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 
gsynthOld Roland TB-303 emulator synth. Plays programmed bass line2001-07-30
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horgandFM-synthesis organ, JACK-aware, with DSP effects and programmable accompaniment2008
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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) 
JSamplerJava GUI for "Linuxsampler"2009-08-03 
Monomono synth2000-04-14
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Mx44synth very good for esoteric pads and ultra electric leads. Uses JACK2009-12-24
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OctavianModular MIDI-controlled synth. Uses JACK2005-02-09
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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 
simsamSoftware sampler maps multiple wave files to "key ranges". Uses JACK
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SlatChild-like synth works/sounds like a theremin2005-09-27
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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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SynthForgeA modular sound synthesiser, for creating audio synths and effects for Linux.2009-08-17
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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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TiMidity++greatly extended and enhanced version of TiMidity2004-10-04
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Ultramaster Juno-6software emulation of the classic Roland analog synth2006-06-16
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XsynthMIDI-controlled analog-style realtime synthesizer1999-08-06DS  
ZynAddSubFXImpressive FLTK-based realtime softsynth with multiple synthesis algorithms and FX2016-11-28
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Samplers/synths (plug-ins)

The following software are plug-ins, designed to be used with apps that load plug-ins.

PageDescriptionRelease DateTags
BLOPband-limited oscillator LADSPA plugins2004-06-20 
Calf Studio GearMIDI synthesis instruments, filters, and effects2017-11-04
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FluidSynth-DSSITurns "FluidSynth" into a DSSI plugin2009-01-05 
foo-yc20YC20 organ emulation2011-01-28 
newtonatorLV2 synth that uses a unique algorithm based on simple ideas of velocity and acceleration to produce some unpredictable sounds2012-08-26 
samplv1MIDI-controlled LV2 sampler. Standalone version also2017-06-21
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synthv1LV2 polyphonic synth. Standalone version also2016-02-22
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Triceratops LV2 SynthSubstractive Poly LV2 Synth2016-11-28 
WhySynthA DSSI Softsynth Plugin2012-09-03 
zynPort of ZynAddSubFX synth engines to LV2 

Drum samplers/synths (standalone)

These apps mimic “drum machines”. If described as a “sampler”, this means the sounds are sampled waveforms of real drums. If described as a “synth”, this means the sounds are synthesized via oscillators (like the analog Roland TR-808), or physical modeling.

If described as “MIDI-controlled”, this means the sounds are playable in real-time via a MIDI controller such as drum pads or a keyboard (or another MIDI app if the ALSA Sequencer interface is supported). If “Pattern-controlled”, then the app requires you to program “beat patterns”, and the app plays these patterns at whatever tempo you set.

Recommended: Hydrogen

PageDescriptionRelease DateTags
Beats By Designan "artificially intelligent drum machine", requires jMusic and Java2013 
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 
orDrumboxdrum-machine in Java2016-11-06
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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 
SmackMIDI-controlled drum synth. Uses JACK 

Drum samplers/synths (plug-ins)

The following software are plug-ins, designed to be used with apps that load plug-ins.

PageDescriptionRelease DateTags
eDrummerTurns your computer into a drum kit you play live with MIDI drum pads.2016/05 
FablaLV2 MIDI-controlled drum sampler2012-01-07 

Loopers

PageDescriptionRelease DateTags
FreeWheelinglive looping instrument2009-01-20
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GuitArpA pitch-tracking VST host and arpeggiator sequencer for use with live guitar. Input from your guitar is converted into MIDI notes and run through the arpeggiator sequencer2011-01-16 
LupppLive looping software for Linux2014-08-30
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SooperLooperlive looping sampler capable of immediate loop recording, overdubbing, multiplying, reversing and more. Controllable via OSC and MIDI. Uses JACK2013-05-12
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