Qsynth Alternatives

    Qsynth is described as 'simple Qt4 application wrapper for the FluidSynth software MIDI sequencer for Linux. Qsynth is a fluidsynth GUI front-end application written in C++ around the Qt4 toolkit using Qt Designer'. There are more than 10 alternatives to Qsynth for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and Advanced Linux Sound Architecture. The best alternative is FluidSynth, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Qsynth are VirtualMIDISynth (Free), AudioMulch (Paid), Phasex (Free, Open Source) and Skale Tracker (Free).

    This page was last updated Mar 21, 2021

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      FluidSynth is a real-time software synthesizer based on the SoundFont 2 specifications and has reached widespread distribution.
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    1. VirtualMIDISynth is a software MIDI synthesizer implemented as a Windows multimedia user driver, accessible as a standard MIDI Out device. It works on Windows XP (SP3) / Vista (SP1) / 7 (SP1) / 8 (both x86 and x64), and is based on the great BASS library from un4seen.
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    2. AudioMulch is an interactive musician's environment for PC and Mac. It is used for live electronic music performance, composition and sound design.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
      • JACK Audio Connection Kit
      PHASEX is an experimental software synthesizer for use with Linux/ALSA/JACK.
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      I use both. Phasex is resource hungry, so I make soundfonts of the sounds I generate and play them from qsynth (1 instance) or fluidsynth (2 instances in my stage setup). Phasex is a true synth and very powerful.
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

    3. Skale Tracker is a music tracker (a special kind of music sequencer) available for Windows and Linux on the desktop as well as in a Flash-based browser verison.


      Online version is no longer available. Last desktop version, v0.81, released on December 2005, it's still downloadable and usable.

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    4. Tyrell is the name of a project by the German online magazine Amazona.de. A reader survey and follow-on forum posts provided a pool of ideas for a low cost HARDWARE analogue synth, which Mic 'Moogulator' Irmer used to develop quite a powerful concept.
    5. ABSYNTH 5 is an exceptional synthesizer with unique sonic potential and more than 2,100 preset sounds.
    6. TAL-NoiseMaker is an improved version of TAL-Elek7ro and has a completely new synth engine and a lot of improvements in sound and usability. The synth also includes a small effect section with a reverb, chorus and a simple bit crusher effect.
    7. Podolski is a simple, CPU-efficient virtual analogue synthesizer. Basically a cut down version of FilterscapeVA with just one oscillator, one filter, one envelope and two LFOs, it also features a Zebra-style arpeggiator/sequencer plus chorus and delay effects.
    8. Zebralette is just one of Zebra2's oscillators packed into a simple, easy-to-learn framework – but you have everything you need to make some pretty amazing sounds. Sounds that can be directly loaded into Zebra2 later.
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