Welcome to amSynth.com. In addition to showcasing some of the performance capabilities of amSynth, a popular musical synthesizer for linux-based operating systems, this site also gives space to several other native linux softsynths as well. Below are links to different synthesizers, where you'll find a short description, as well as some audio examples and free sounds/soundbanks. The synth GUI thumbnail at the top of each demo page takes you to the respective developer's website.
***For those more interested in samplers and samples, you might want to check out LinuxSampler (aka Fantasia) which loads .gig, sfz and .sf2 files, as well as Qsynth, Specimen and Petri-Foo. Lots of sampled sounds for these can be found HERE.***
The audio demos on this website are in one of two formats: .ogg (also called OggVorbis) or .flac. Both formats are open-source and license-free, making them preferable to the more common .mp3 and .wav formats. The .ogg format is lossy, but the quality level can be adjusted, thereby giving audio samples of very good quality. The .flac format is lossless, and usually yields a larger file size. Most of my earliest demos utilized a medium-quality .ogg file format, but all recent future demos will be either high-quality .ogg or .flac.
For more about the .flac file format: FLAC
For more about the .ogg file format: Vorbis.com
If you are having problems opening the audio demos, try using the Firefox web browser, which is free for download here: Firefox
To download a very nice audio/video player that can play just about every format available: VLC
You can also find demos on my Soundcloud page HERE.
There are other softsynths available for linux that aren't listed on this site. Some of them I simply haven't added yet, and some I've chosen to not include because they don't permit patch saving and loading (a fundamental requirement to modern sound synthesis, imo). After all, having to re-tweak an afternoon of work at every next session isn't very practical, and sharing one's work is part of the fun! :) And, since making and sharing patches is what this site is all about --- if you've made your own sounds and you'd like to share them, let me know and I'll post them here.
If you're new to linux, you can find some tips on getting your computer set up by clicking here.
The "Music!" page has songs and other works using these synths in a larger context. Some songs and jams are mine, the rest have been generously shared by others.
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--Website updated 20 February, 2014