Jim Bum­gard­ner’s syd

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Re­leased two decades ago, Syd is a cross­plat­form mod­u­lar syn­the­sis en­vi­ron­ment. It shares some sim­i­lar­i­ties with other graph­i­cal syn­the­sis pro­grams such as Reak­tor, Syn­thEdit, and Max. How­ever, Syd is a strictly off­line af­fair – sounds are made by patch­ing up var­i­ous mod­ules with vir­tual patch ca­bles, af­ter which they can be played back.

Along with basics like os­cil­la­tors, mix­ers, and en­velopes, there are But­ter­worth and 2nd or­der fil­ters, Karplus/Strong plucked string gen­er­a­tors, and the abil­ity to play back CSound scores. Still avail­able (as a Java app), Syd re­mains a great way to while away the hours.

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