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JSyd – Java Software Synthesizer- Now in Beta

You may have noticed that I haven’t been blogging much the past few weeks. This is because I’ve been furiously working on a rewrite of my software synthesizer, Syd, originally written nearly 10 years ago. Syd is a digital music program that is designed for teaching basic computer music and synthesis concepts.

I used Syd to generate many of the more interesting music variations in my Whitney Music Box (especially those involving harmonics and microtones).

The new version, written in Java, is called JSyd. It runs on Macs, Linux boxes and Windows. You can download a beta version of it here, and read the (sparse) documentation here.

Here’s a screen shot.

Here are some sample sounds produced with Syd:

Sample 1
Sample 2
Sample 3
Sample 4

If you are on a Macintosh or Linux box, I’d be particularly interested in getting your feedback & bug reports. Thanks!

UPDATE: My coverpop website has been having some power-related outages today – I’ve temporarily moved the Syd files to a different location.

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