Getting Plugins, Instruments and Samples#


Zrythm ships with a few bundled plugins to help users get started, but users can also download and install their own plugins that suit their preferences.

There are many plugins to choose from. This guide will show you a few ways you can install plugins on GNU/Linux systems.


For other systems, you can find a list of free software plugins here.

For users of Debian-based distributions (such as Ubuntu and Linux Mint) we recommend using the KXstudio repositories, as there are many plugins that can easily be installed via apt.

For users of Arch Linux-based distributions we recommend installing the pro-audio group.


Helm is an easy to use subtractive synthesizer.

Vitalium from DISTRHO Ports is a very powerful wavetable synthesizer.

Surge is a subtractive hybrid synthesizer with a unique interface.

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

ZynFusion is a powerful additive/subtractive synth that can synthesize a wide variety of sounds.

Percussion Generators#

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


See Scanning for Plugins for paths where plugins will be scanned in.


Freesound has presets available to download for specific plugins.

In the future, we will be offering preset packs for download.

SFZ/SF2 Instruments#

You can find a list of SFZ instruments under free licenses at sfz instruments.


We recommend using Freesound for collecting CC-licensed samples.

We will also be offering sample packs for download in the future.