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ZynAddSubFX is a realtime software synthesizer created by Paul Octavian Nasca in 2002. It is a realtime, polyphonic/monophonic, multitimbral, microtonal synthesizer capable of rescaling to up to 128 microtones per octave, as well as key mapping. Although it incorporates the traditional additive and subtractive methods of sound synthesis, as well as a PAD synth capability, it really is in a category all its own, because of how it expands, enriches and compresses harmonic spectrums, thereby obtaining extraordinarily rich sound timbres. It can be run standalone and also as an LV2 plugin.

The "ADDsynth" section (which I oddly prefer to think of as the subtractive synthesis section) functions by adding voices together, each one provided with "traditional" features such as filters and LFOs, but also including morphing and modulation capability. Each voice has a waveform generator capable of reproducing up to 128 wave types. These waves can be reshaped, and Fourier synthesis is also provided.

The "SUBsynth" section (which I prefer to think of as the additive synthesis section) includes 64 harmonics with a variety of configurations, although a filter section is included for further sonic control.

The "PADsynth" section produces pad sounds which can be exported.

All three sections above include envelope stages for amp, filter and pitch can be switched to "freemode," where multiple steps and values can be set (reminiscent of the 8-stage Casio CZ series synths of the 80s). Several effects are included in ZynAddSubFX: Reverb, Echo, Chorus/Flange, Phaser, AlienWah, Distortion, EQ and Dynamic Filter. These can be applied to parts and globally. Several types of filters are provided in all three synthesis sections, including formant and state variable filters.

Patches and Manual:

Below are various soundbanks/patches for ZynAddSubFX.
ZynAddSubFX at KVRaudio
Mysterious Banks
Folderol Banks 1
Folderol Banks 2
Additional Banks
My own little bank: Vanilla

A manual for ZynAddSubFX:
ZynaddsubFX manual at Sourceforge

Videos at YouTube:

A few videos of ZynaddsubFX created by Paul Nasca:
01 PADsynth strings
02 Simple Electric Guitar and strings
03 Space Choir
04 Example Instrument and strings
05 Complex Strings video demo
06 PADsynth different profiles and bandwidths
07 PADsynth sweep pads
08 PADsynth different ways to get choir sounds
09 Arpeggio using many effects
10 Analog synth

Just a couple videos of ZynaddsubFX programming by Unfa:
ZynaddsubFX modulation routing by Unfa
ZynaddsubFX drum synthesis by Unfa


ZynAddSubFX at Sourceforge