Free Helm soft synth arrives for OS X, Windows and Linux

Helm is currently in beta.
Helm is currently in beta.

Arriving just in time to miss our updated round-up of great free and open source music making software, Matt Tytel's Helm is a new synth that can run standalone or as an LV2/VST/AU/AAX plugin on GNU/Linux, Mac and Windows.

Both 32- and 64-bit versions are available, and specs are as follows:

  • 32 voice polyphony
  • Interactive visual interface
  • Powerful modulation system with live visual feedback
  • Dual oscillators with cross modulation and up to 15 oscillators each
  • Unison and Harmony mode for oscillators
  • Oscillator feedback and saturation for waveshaping
  • 12 different waveforms
  • 7 filter types with keytracking
  • 2 monophonic and 1 polyphonic LFO
  • Step sequencer
  • Lots of modulation sources including polyphonic aftertouch
  • Simple arpeggiator
  • Effects: Formant filter, stutter, delay

Because Helm is genuinely free software, you can run it anywhere, study and change the source code and redistribute exact or modified copies of it. The synth is currently in beta, and you can get the download on the Helm website.

(Via Synthtopia)

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.