Xen-Arts is a developer of freeware VSTi for Windows that may be used for the exploration of alternative musical instrument intonation systems.

Thus far there are four instruments available:

Xenharmonic FMTS: An FM synthesis VSTi that can be used for investigations into spectral microtuning – i.e. – matching the timbre of the instrument to the intonation system being used.

Ivor: A virtual analog microtonal synthesizer.

XenFont: An SF2 SoundFont based VSTi.

One-SF2: A Stereo SF2 SoundFont VSTi

The virtual instruments offered here are a development labor of love, and have been a vehicle for documenting various specialized design concepts that are unique to the requirements of making microtonal and xenharmonic music with computers. They represent ongoing collaborative projects that have been created and tested by many musicians, composers and developers around the world who are passionate about making music, and or, designing software for use with alternative intonation systems. In many ways, they feature a number of unique integrated performance and design features that are specifically required for this type of music, and which are not typically found in other VSTi. Other tools are planned in the future, as well as enhancements to existing ones.

Why are Xen-Arts instruments freeware?

From the very beginning, this project has been about the collaborative research, development and dissemination of computer music instrument design concepts, that are inspired by, and live through, practicing microtonal and xenharmonic musicians and composers. Of far greater value than getting paid for these tools, is being able to give musicians around the world some method to explore the vastly expressive possibilities of using alternative intonation systems in their music, and in a form that encourages personal learning through directly playing and hearing musical instruments microtuned to alternative intonation systems. In this way, the spirit of Xen-Arts is about collaboration, community and open sharing of ideas, in the hope that many more researchers, educators, musicians, composers, inventors and developers will become aware of the inherent beauty of this form of musical practice.

Feel free to download and make music with these instruments, post comments, and or, get in touch through email if you like.

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