Syd (formerly "SoftSynth") is a cross-platform instrument editor and software synthesizer by Jim Bumgardner. It has a graphical "patch cord" interface, and an elegant method for producing polyphony, compared to other patch-based music languages. It is particularly suitable for teaching computer music.
The Java version provides an elegant patching interface, and the C++ version can be used to render patches on the command line.
See below for the latest NEWS
NOTE: If you are interested in contributing to Syd on Github, let me know.
OLD (ANCIENT) VERSIONS
Download the Macintosh source code for Syd 1.0.6.
Download the Windows source code for Syd 1.0.7. Note: The Windows source archive requires Aladdin Expander to unpack.
Read the (Mac) documentation Note: The windows version has built-in help via the F1 key.
Send comments, bug reports and requests to Jim Bumgardner.
9/20/11 I've created a GIT repository for both JSyd and CSyd.
5/8/09 I updated JSyd and CSyd today (versions 1.0.3 and 1.5.1, respectively). A bug was fixed in JSyd which was causing bursts of noise when saving to a WAV file. CSyd has been updated to support stereo patches.
7/27/06 I am currently working on a rewrite of Syd for Java. This version has a completely new interface, and works on modern macintoshes (unlike the original mac version of Syd).
9/12/03 Syd users will probably enjoy my other work. You can find it at KRAZYDAD (my new website).
10/20/98 The first Windows version of Syd is now available. It has built-in documentation via the F1 key, and outputs both WAV and AIFF files.
10/3/98 I've added online documentation for the Macintosh version of Syd here.
10/1/98 The Macintosh version of Syd was favorably reviewed in the November issue of Keyboard magazine.