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  1. Capabilities
  2. Quick set up
  3. Tips and Tricks
  4. Advanced Tips and Tricks
  5. Competition
  6. Links for further development
  7. See also
SunVox is a semi-modular tracker for Windows, OSX, Linux, iOS, PalmOS, and Windows Mobile created by Alexander Zolotov, also known by his alias NightRadio.
It can be found at his website


  • Modular synthesis with a wide variety of built-in synthesizers and effects, including waveform, sample-based and FM synthesis for generators, and echo, filter and vocal filter effects.
  • Unconventional user-interface that allows easy mapping between instruments, effects, and sound output.
  • Support for custom modules via MetaModules.
  • Real-time sample and note recording.
  • MIDI, XM and MOD importing.
  • MIDI and multitrack WAV export.
  • Many supported operating systems, even including portable devices!! (older versions on some)

Format Creation

Windows; Linux; Mac OS X; Windows Mobile; PalmOS; Maemo; Meego; iOS; Android
*.sunvox; *.mid; *.xm; *.mod
*.sunvox; *.wav;

Software in italics are recommended.
Output filetypes in bold are acceptable for submission on BotB.

Format Playback

Windows; Linux; Mac OS X; Windows Mobile; PalmOS; Maemo; Meego; iOS; Android

Software in italics are recommended.

Quick set up

Donload here: SunVox donload

Configuration depending on platform. For Windows it's an easy unzip & run.
Preferences are in an icon in the top left of the window.

You'll start with a dialogue asking for desired theme coloring. Choose and change if you want, 'cancel' to continue. This will only appear once but can be accessed with Preferences in the top left-hand corner.

The file menu is in the top left of the window, pattern editor on the right.

Modules are inserted by right-clicking. Double-clicking the module gives you its properties to edit.

The module effects editing takes place to the left of the module window.

The timeline is below the module window (Desktop version only)
Timeline button is on the top right-hand corner module window to switch screens (Mobile only)

Tips and Tricks

FM bell:
- Make FM instrument, set carrier and modulator attacks to 0, set C.Mul to 1 and M.Mul to 5 (adjust these to suit), set feedback to 16 and M.Vol to 8, make adjustments as you feel appropriate.
- Feed into a Filter (LPF mode) with about a 3000Hz cutoff.
- Feed into Vibrato with about 5 amplitude.
- Feed into an LFO with about 90 (2d00) power and about 200 (0c72) freq.
- Feed into a Flanger with a long delay and some extra feedback.
- Feed into a Delay for extra stereo.
- Feed into an Echo.

Strings / Brass:
- Make analog generator, set to saw (strings) OR use dirty and an exponential pinch waveform (brass - will require extra tweaking!). Adjust attack and decay to suit.
- Feed into Vibrato with about 50 (0311) freq.
- Feed into Vibrato with about 5 amplitude.
- Feed into Reverb with 0 dry, 100% wet, and about 70 (4600) room width.

Reese Bass:
- Make an Analog Generator, set to Saw/Square/Drawn
- Tweak the Analog Generator with Freq2 at about 970-999 (3E15)
- Feed the Gen into a Vibrato
- Feed the Vibrato, AND the Generator together into a Filter
- Tweak the filter to have around halfway Resonance, and a low enough Frequency (around 500-600hz)
- Feed into a WaveShaper
- On the WaveShaper, make sure the most left bar is not present, but mess around with the rest of the linear volume curve

Phat Synth Shot
- Make an Analog Generator, set to Any (besides noise)
- Tweak the Analog Generator with Freq2 at about 970-999
- Set Attack to 0 and Release to 190-210
- Set Polyphony to 1
- Set Filter to LP with release = to Generator Release
- Feed into two Vibratos
- Feed all three modules, Analog, and Vibrato x2 into WaveShaper
- Play around with the WaveShaper to desired sound (leftmost bar will give most static)
- Feed into LP filter with high Resonance
- Feed into another WaveShaper and tweak to desired sound

Advanced Tips and Tricks

These are advanced tips and tricks that can be used in SunVox.


Although quite simple, there would need to be at least three modules for a side-chain.
- Compressor
- Synth 1 (pads down the sound)
- Synth 2 (to be affected)
- Synth 1 would be fed into the Compressor first
- Synth 2 would be fed second.
- Set Compressor controller 07. Side-Chain Input to 1 to use Synth 1 for Side-Chain
- Tweak Compressor and synths as necessary

Compressor Lookahead

A way to see the peaks and valleys of a song that is playing.
-Song funnels into distortion
-Distortion Limit set to 1 (make sure the song does not peak before feeding into a compresor)
-Feed distortion into the compressor


- Sunvox (format)

The developer seems to work by himself, contact is possible through his website

See also

All related Lyceum articles:
referencing to:
- sunvox (format)
referenced from:
- sunvox (format)
- List of trackers
Should be mentioned in tracker too