Virtual ANS
Latest release - 2.3b (11 jan 2016)
Русская версия здесь

Virtual ANS for Windows, Linux and macOS
Virtual ANS for iOS
Virtual ANS for Android

Old versions: 1.1 (2007), 2.x (2013-2016)

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User manual
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What is Virtual ANS

Virtual ANS is a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS - photoelectronic microtonal/spectral musical instrument created by Russian engineer Evgeny Murzin from 1938 to 1958. Murzin named his invention in honour of the composer Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin.
The instrument was used by Stanislav Kreichi, Alfred Schnittke, Edward Artemiev and other Soviet composers.
You can hear the sound of the ANS in Andrei Tarkovsky's movies Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker.

The Virtual ANS is a full-featured professional tool which allows you to create unusual, deep, atmospheric sounds. With this app you can draw a complete piece of music, or convert sound to image (sonogram) and then make some complex sonogram modifications.
Actually the potential of the program has not been explored yet, so it (as well as PixiVisor) is more appropriate for people who are searching for something new, not afraid to experiment with sound.

Key features:
  • unique Virtual Analog sound engine;
  • unlimited number of pure tone generators;
  • powerful sonogram editor - you can draw the spectrum and play it at the same time;
  • any sound (from a WAV file or a Microphone/Line-in) can be converted to image (sonogram) and vice versa;
  • support for MIDI devices;
  • supported file formats: WAV (only uncompressed PCM), PNG, JPEG, GIF;
  • supported sound systems: ASIO, DirectSound, MME, ALSA, OSS, JACK, Audiobus, IAA.
System requirements and installation guide
User manual and FAQ



ANS synthesizer (Wikipedia)
"The ANS Synthesizer: Composing on a Photoelectronic Instrument" by Stanislav Kreichi
The ANS Synthesizer discography