Converting amSynthPreset to LV2 standards

As I created many amSynth presets for standalone usage, I needed to convert them to a different standard as I wanted to use them within the LV2 plugin version of amSynth. I converted the first presets by hand, which was a painstaking experience. As I had many more to go, I wondered whether I could automate this process. With trail and error I created a script. It uses a template, copies it and replaces the values from the given preset.

You can download the script and the template here or copy, paste and save the code below, between <script> and </script>:

# Name:
# Author: Winko Erades van den Berg
# Date: October 23, 2018
# Revised: October 23, 2018
# Purpose: To convert amSynth presets to LV2 preset
# You would need to make this file executable by giving executable
# permissions: eg. chmod +x ./netbook.bash
# Usage:
# ./



while read LINE; do
PARAMETER=”<“$(echo $LINE | cut -d ‘ ‘ -f 2)”>”
VALUE=$(echo $LINE | cut -d ‘ ‘ -f 3)
if [[ $VALUE = *”.”* ]]
done < $FILENAME

Don’t forget to change the executable status of the file you just created by typing: sudo chmod +x ./

It creates a new textfile called: (date and time) amSynthTemplate.txt

You can copy and paste its contents to your amsynth.lv2 folder into your

Dont forget to:

  • change your preset name 🙂
  • add your presets to amsynth.ttl

Suggestions for improving this article are welcome, please let me know and drop me a line.