amsynth man page

amsynth ā€” a two oscillator subtractive software synthesizer


amsynth [options]


amsynth is an easy-to-use software synth with a classic subtractive synthesizer topology.


The following options override those in the config file ($HOME/.amSynthrc).


show a help message


show version information


run in headless mode (without GUI)

-b <file>

use <file> as the bank to store presets

-t <file>

use <file> as a tuning file

-a <string>

set the sound output driver to use [alsa/oss/auto(default)]

-r <int>

set the sampling rate to use

-m <string>

set the MIDI driver to use [alsa/oss/auto(default)]

-c <int>

set the MIDI channel to respond to (default=all)

-p <int>

set the polyphony (maximum active voices)

-n <name>

specify the JACK client name to use


automatically connect jack audio ports to hardware I/O ports. (Default: true)



Configuration for amsynth.


Banks and others.





If AMSYNTH_NO_GUI is set, amsynth is started in headless mode (without GUI).


Specifies the directory from which amsynth should load its skin.

Bugs & Feature Requests

If you find a bug or if you would like to propose a new feature, please report it at .


Nick Dowell and contributors. See complete list in amsynth's "Help" -> "About" dialog.

The initial version of this manual page was written by Olivier Humbert <> on September 06, 2016 as a part of the LibraZiK project (and can be used by others).


January 2017 amsynth 1.8.0 User Commands