[linux-audio-user] Your synth wishlist?

Dave Griffiths dave at pawfal.org
Fri Jul 30 07:16:40 EDT 2004

On Fri, 30 Jul 2004 12:54:47 +0200, Frank Barknecht wrote
> Hallo,
> Dave Robillard hat gesagt: // Dave Robillard wrote:
> > 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?
> The most important feature of a modular synth is IMO a way to build
> reusable building blocks. Think functions or objects in programming
> languages. You may want to take a look at how this is implemented in
> Pd amd jMax. Without this a modular synth will become unusable almost
> immediatly. Be prepared for users which  want to create hundreds of
> modules, this is not unusual at all.

I would contest (as I always do) that a modular synth is not equivalent to a
node based programming language. They are different things. It's nice to be
able to group modular units together into voices that you can reuse later, but
I don't see ladspa plugins being the same as pd externals at all.

I guess what I'm saying is that it's useful, but lacking this feature in a
synth does not make it unusable.



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