Sunvox: Modular Music In Your Pocket

US Largely free software for mobile music making      27/01/22

Sunvox: Modular Music In Your Pocket

Sunvox is a small and highly efficient modular synthesizer and pattern-based sequencer designed to be used on portable devices. I first encountered it on the Pocket C.H.I.P., but as the mages on their website will testify, it runs on all kinds of PDAs and portable devices. It has a very impressive set of features and is free on most systems, except the Android and iOS.

Here are the specs: 

  • Highly optimized synth algorithms, flexible architecture; SunVox works on a variety of devices with different CPUs;
  • Supported systems - Windows (2000+); macOS (10.9+); Linux (x86, x86_64, ARM (Raspberry Pi, PocketCHIP, N900, etc.), ARM64 (PINE64, etc.)); iOS (9.0+);, Android (4.1+); Windows CE (including Pocket PC and Windows Mobile; ARM only); 
  • supported sound systems: ASIO, DirectSound, MME, ALSA, OSS, JACK, Audiobus, IAA;
  • SunVox as a plugin: AU instrument/effect for iOS;
  • Support of 16/24/32bit WAV, AIFF and XI samples;
  • Multitrack WAV export;
  • MIDI In/Out/Import/Export;
  • XM (FastTracker) and MOD (ProTracker, OctaMED) import;
  • Real-time sample recording;
  • Real-time recording of any types of sound events (notes, Touch Theremin, controllers);
  • Powerful microtonal (ultra-chromatic) sequencer;
  • Generative music features: random selection of notes, random values of controllers, probability effects; see examples;
  • Free cross-platform library for developers is available; so it's possible to use SunVox engine in your own applications;
  • A lot of built-in modules (synths and effects) + ability to make very complex connections between them.


I think you'll agree, that's a comprehensive list for such a small piece of software! You'll find lots of resources and a very active forum on the Sunvox website: 


About the author [midierror]: midierror makes nifty Max For Live devices, innovative music hardware, award winning sample packs and hosts a podcast speaking to people in the music world.

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