Getting Plugins

Until Zrythm ships with its own bundled plugins, you must install some plugins like synthesizers and effects before you can make music.

Fortunately, there are many plugins to choose from. This guide will show you a few ways you can install plugins.

If you are on Debian/Ubuntu, we highly recommend checking out the KXstudio repositories, since there are many plugins that can easily be installed via apt.

If you are on Arch GNU/Linux you’re in luck, because you can just download the entire pro-audio or lv2-plugins groups, or you can hand-pick the plugins you want from there.

If you are not sure where to start, please read on.


Helm is an excellent subtractive synth that should be on everyone’s toolbox.

Dexed Dexed is an FM synth that is closely modeled on the Yamaha DX7.

ZynFusion, the alternative front-end to ZynAddSubFX is one of the most powerful synths in existance.

Percussion Generators

GeonKick is a great kick drum synthesizer that can also synthesize other types of percussion.