[linux-audio-user] Your synth wishlist?

Dave Robillard drobilla at connect.carleton.ca
Thu Jul 29 18:26:45 EDT 2004

Hello LAU,

I'm designing a modular synth engine, and would like to get some input
on desired features/abilities to make sure it's designed in a way that
will make it the most flexible.

So, what features are important to you in a synth?  What annoys you
about the current crop of linux synths?

Already planned (* = working right now):

* Low latency realtime operation via Jack
* 100% LADSPA plugins, not Yet Another Internal Plugin Format
- (DSSI and perhaps VST are being considered)
* Seperate engine and frontend(s), ALL communication via OSC (Open Sound

The main GUI will be a modular a lot like AMS/SSM/etc. but there's no
reason it has to be, the engine can be used from the command line, in
programs/scripts (from any language that can talk OSC), hardcoded in
custom synths, etc. etc.  This will allow, for example, algorithmic
composition in C without the limitations of MIDI and discrete notes. 
The use of OSC means you can run the engine transparently over the
network (on 20 machines if you so please..)

- Polyphonic, runtime selectable (in the works right now)
- Multitimbral
* ALSA MIDI in will be through a seperate application, which will allow
binding of any MIDI controller to any param in the synth
- Sending OSC messages from module ports
* Sample accurate everything

- The main modular frontend will support LASH (formerly LADCCA), and
allow building of control panels ala galan 

I'm very open to suggestions, that's why I started this thread.. let's
hear 'em



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