PySynth is a simple music synthesizer written in Python. The goal is not to produce many different sounds, but to have scripts that can turn ABC notation into a WAV file without too much tinkering.
There are three variants: PySynth A is faster, only depends on Python 2, and sounds like a cross between a flute and organ. PySynth B is more complex in sound and needs NumPy. It's supposed to be a little closer to a piano. PySynth S is more comparable to a guitar, banjo, or harpsichord, depending on note length and pitch. Finally, PySynth E is an FM-synthesized e-piano.
The current release of the synthesizer can only play one note at a time. (Although successive notes can overlap in PySynth B and S, but not A.) However, two output files can be mixed together to get stereo sound.
Clone the repository:
git clone email@example.com:mdoege/PySynth.git
git clone https://github.com/mdoege/PySynth.git
Enter the directory (
cd PySynth) and run
python setup.py install
import pysynth as ps test = (('c', 4), ('e', 4), ('g', 4), ('c5', -2), ('e6', 8), ('d#6', 2)) ps.make_wav(test, fn = "test.wav")
More advanced usage:
import pysynth_b as psb # a, b, e, and s variants available ''' (note, duration) Note name (a to g), then optionally a '#' for sharp or 'b' for flat, then optionally the octave (defaults to 4). An asterisk at the end means to play the note a little louder. Duration: 4 is a quarter note, -4 is a dotted quarter note, etc.''' song = ( ('c', 4), ('c*', 4), ('eb', 4), ('g#', 4), ('g*', 2), ('g5', 4), ('g5*', 4), ('r', 4), ('e5', 16), ('f5', 16), ('e5', 16), ('d5', 16), ('e5*', 4) ) # Beats per minute (bpm) is really quarters per minute here psb.make_wav(song, fn = "danube.wav", leg_stac = .7, bpm = 180)
Read ABC file and output WAV:
python read_abc.py straw.abc
More documentation and examples at the PySynth homepage.
In v1.1, flats and sharps do not work in cases such as e-sharp or c-flat. This has been fixed in the latest git version.