What is Psychosynth?

From Psychosynth

The Psychosynth project aims to create an interactive modular soft-synth inspired by the ideas of the Reactable. We will try to provide a clean object oriented API to allow the creation of new innovative interfaces for the synthetizer and a 3D simulator of a Reactable-alike device with support for collaborative music creation over the internet.

Our main goal is to create a free software alternative to allow newbies, developers and professionals explore new ways of making music. It is also important to build a comunity to ease the comunication between we, software devolopers, and electronic music makers, who can provide insightfull ideas on how to turn new experimental features into usefull and creative tools.

What does the Psychosynth package provide?

  • libpsynth: This is a powerful C++ library for the building of synthesis software. It provides, among other things: abstraction over the audio devices of the system, basic audio synthesis classes (oscillators, filters, etc.), a system of connectable synthesis modules with a generic API, classes for the development of interactive synthesizers with features such as automatic module linking, MVC and facade layers, classes for the synchronization of synths over the network using OSC, a framework for easy application creation, etcetera.
  • psynth3d: An interactive synth with an look similar to the Reactable's and a 3D interface which makes use of all the power of libpsynth.
  • psynth: A command line version of the synth that can be used as OSC server or client with low resource usage.

Take into account that Psychosynth is still under development and will increase its functionality so soon ther will be new client, for example, based on Reactivision.

Who may be interested in Psychosynth?

The Psychosynth project may be interesting in many contexts. Some of the potential users may be:

  • Electronic music composers who want to experiment with systems that allow improvisation in live performances or try the advantages of collaborative networked music making.
  • DJs willing to improve their sessions by showing visually in an attractive way how to mix the tracks, with a higher grade of freedom when applying effects and adding creativity.
  • Developers interested in writing modular synthesizers, specially interactive software or with the ability to work over the network.
  • Psychosynth may have many other uses. For example, its ease of use and its modular nature may turn it into a great didactic tool to explain the physical fundamentals of sound.


You can see some screenshots and few videos on the media page.