2032 is a Dynamic Tonality physical modeling (modal) synth. It emulates the sound of a pitched physical object (string, pipe, plate) mounted on an unpitched physical body (guitar body, djembe body, drum shell, etc.) that is excited by a hammer, breath, bow, or live audio input. It supports a wide range of microtonal tunings and the partials of its sounds can be retuned so as to match the underlying tuning, thereby minimizing sensory dissonance. It supports tunings produced by a period and a generator of any sizes (for standard Western tunings, the period is the octave and the generator is the perfect fifth).

The user interface is divided into four main sections: the exciter pane, the resonator pane, the LCD screen, and the DT controls.

The exciter pane allows you to choose an excitation model: The first is the impact model, which you can use to simulate percussive hits, such as hammer strikes or plucks. The second is the continuous model, which you can use to simulate sustaining excitations such as wind/breath or a bow. The last option isn't really a model, per se, but a live input that allows you to use a microphone or other external source to produce your own excitations. If you do use a microphone, try blowing into it, tapping it, or scraping it on something while holding down some keys to produce interesting results.

The resonator pane allows you to adjust the physical properties of the object being excited. You can think of this object as a string or a pipe, but really it could represent any vibrating object.

The LCD provides a number of additional controls, the most significant of which is probably the body model menu. 2032 incorporates a library of body models we collected from real objects, including both musical instruments and other random objects we could find. Selecting a body model essentially allows you to play the modeled object "through" that body.

If you aren't familiar with the DT controls, please visit the About section.

Version 2.0 introduces a number of enhancements. These include: richer sounds achieved by doubling the number of resonant oscillators; a large number of new temperaments (tuning systems and mappings between the sounds' partials and those tuning systems).


2032 is a portable standalone application distributed in a zip file. The latest Windows and macOS versions (2.0.2) were uploaded on 20th April 2020.

Possible issues on macOS:

  • On first run, you may need to right-click (control-click) the app and select 'Open'.

Possible issues on Windows:

Although 2032 is currently available free of charge, we would greatly appreciate a small donation to help us continue to provide updates and develop new software.

To send feedback or report a bug, please send us an e-mail: aprechtl [ a t ] gmail [ d o t ] com, or andymilne [ a t ] dynamictonality [ d o t ] com.

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