Virtual ANS – Image To Sound Converter


Virtual ANS (ANS – the abbreviation for Aleksandr Nikolaevic Skrjabin) by Alex Zolotov is the software version of the Russian ANS synthesizer, which uses the unique optical method of synthesis developed by a scientist E. Mursin between 1937 and 1957.

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Virtual ANS creates unique sounds by converting JPG-images to sound and vice versa.


  • Several tools for visual transformations
  • Three methods of synthesis during conversion (FFT and ADDITIVE)
  • Option to generate multichannel sounds (mono, stereo, 6 channels)

A fully functional demo with only Save to WAV disabled is availble for download. The registered version can be ordered through Share*it for $19.99 USD.

Visit the Virtual ANS page for more information and some sound examples.

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Rolf Knap

Dear Mr. Zolotov,
“Virtual ANS creates unique sounds by converting JPG-images to sound and vice versa.”
That’s very good and also very nice!
But the name ANS, based on initials of Skryabin is a wrong choice because Skryabin did never convert images to sound; he allways converted sounds to colors or sound to images!
Sincerely yours,
Rolf Knap, secretary Dutch Skryabin Society

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Rolf Knap

In defense of Skryabin: Skryabin was a Synaesthete! We should never forget, I guess, the lesson of the Russian composer Aleksandr N. Skrjabin. Is the tonality C red or white ? Is F sharp blue or green ? In the neverending history of music, these and similar questions did not seem to be as meaningless as we could think today. Between the 19th and the 20th century, in Russia, the most different answers came from famous artists and freethinkers: Skrjabin and Rimskij-Korsakov among the musicians, Kandinskij among the painters, Florenskij among the philosophers. The climax of a series of experiments… Read more »


Heres another option if you want to convert an image to sound for free using metasynth’s free demo. Here’s a tutorial. Enjoy!