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Zynthian | Zynthian


Zynthian is a sound synthesis platform that works on open source software and hardware. Its small size and ease of use make Zynthian a perfect tool for the studio, audio production and sound design, and live performances. Easy to configure, hackable and update-friendly, Zynthian is currently under development and open to anybody who wants to build their own Zynthian Box and thus contributing to its software development.

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.

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)
+ Connectivity

Up to 5 MIDI instruments simultaneously

+ 4 x USB
+ 1 x MIDI-IN

Other Connections

+ 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)

Effects & Filters

+ Reverb
+ Chorus
+ Flanger
+ Wah-Wah
+ Compressor
+ EQ
Engine TypeDigital
EngineVA, WT
LFOEngine specific
Engine DetailedPulse, Pulse Variable, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Wave Table, White Noise
Filter (VCF)Engine specific
Envelope (VCA)Engine specific
FXReverb, Chorus, Flanger, Wah-Wah, Compressor, EQ & much more.
Sequencer32 step patterns
Key typeN/A
MidiUSB, Wifi, Bluetooth
Extra infoOpen source hardware and software
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.

Manuals, patches etc.


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