MATRIXSYNTH: Zynthian: An Open Platform for Sound Synthesis

Monday, June 27, 2016

Zynthian: An Open Platform for Sound Synthesis

Zynthian - Overview (english)

Published on Mar 23, 2016

"Zynthian is an Open Platform for Sound Synthesis. A new class of synth module, equipped with multiple engines and effects."

Zynthian, un sinte abierto basado en Raspberry Pi

Published on Jun 27, 2016 Hispasonic

"El miniordenador Raspberry Pi 3 es una navaja suiza capaz de servir el té o alimentar a tu gato. Por tanto, no sorprende que los barceloneses de Proyecto Zynthian lo tomen como base para su sintetizador de arquitectura abierta."


"Zynthian, an open dye-based Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi minicomputer 3 is a Swiss army knife capable of serving tea or feed your cat. It is therefore not surprising that Barcelona Project of Zynthian take it as a basis for your synthesizer open architecture."

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"Zynthian is a new class of machine. A kind of swiss army knife of synthesis, equipped with multiple engines, filters and effects. Completely configurable and upgradeable.

An Open Platform for Sound Synthesis. Its hardware specification is public and software is Open Source. It is fully Hackeable!

You can use it for live performing, studio production or as a tool for experimental sound exploration.

Imagine having all the sounds you ever dreamed of in the palm of your hand.

A simple User Interface to control everything

4 rotary encoders with switch, that allows to browse menus and adjust parameters
touchscreen 2.8", that allows to select options and adjust 2 parameters simultaneusly (2D)
Easy to configure, upgrade and extend

Update the software by clicking a button
Customize the sound library easily
Configure, edit and create new sounds from any computer


Powerful CPU: ARMv8 x 4 cores, 64 bits, 1.2 GHz, 1 GB RAM (Raspberry Pi 3)
High Quality Audio Interface: 24 bits, 96kHz (HifiBerry DAC+)
Touch Screen 2.8"
32 GB of storage (SD Card)

Upto 5 MIDI instruments simultaneously (4 x USB, 1 x MIDI-IN)
Line Audio Output (Jack & RCA)
Headphones Audio Output (mini-Jack)
Ethernet Network (RJ-45)
802.11n Wireless LAN (WIFI)
Bluetooth 4.1 & BLE
HDMI (future applications)

Polyphonic Complex Synthesis (ZynAddSubFX)
Wavetable Synthesis (FluidSynth & LinuxSampler)
Hammond B3 Emulation (setBfree)
DX7 Emulation (Dexed)
Much more ...
Effects & Filters
EQ & much more ..."

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