Aglaophone is a system of interconnectable modules for the recording, processing, and playback of real-time audio. It features a real-time spectrogram display for visualization along with a number of processing modules. Modules include filters, downsamplers, upsamplers, and quantizers. An MP3 comparison module allows interactive blind comparison of MP3 encoded audio with CD audio, demonstrations of spectral imaging, quantization, and Smith-Barnwell filter bank based wavelet decomposition are included, and there is a module that can perform an automatic spectral analysis of a speaker system.
amber aims to be an easy-to-use granular synthesis tool for Linux to assist composers and electronic musicians in creating interesting and complex sounds. More information on the theory and application of granular synthesis techniques can be found at http://shoko.calarts.edu/~eric/gs.html.
gsyn is internally designed to be an extensible, modular synthesizer, but the interface and current codebase present a Roland TB-303 emulator which is programmed using fasttracker-style note entry. It also features delay reverb and distortion, so the sound is comparable to Propellerhead's ReBirth RB-338. gsyn has been compiled and tested under Linux 2., IRIX 6.2, Solaris 2.6, Windows 95, and Windows NT.
GtkGEP turns your computer into a realtime effects processor. You can plug your guitar into the computer and play with cool distortion effects, for example. It has a modular plugin structure, with standard plugins including distortion, overdrive, delay, reverb, equalizers, and a flanger. It works in 16-bit resolution, in mono mode, and with frequencies from 11khz to 44khz. The sound quality is very good.
jMusic provides a library of classes for generating and manipulating music, and is a solid framework for computer assisted composition in Java. jMusic supports composers by providing a music data structure based upon note/sound events, and methods for working with that musical data. jMusic can read and write MIDI files, audio files, and its own .jm files. jMusic is designed to be extendible, encouraging you to build upon the functionality of jMusic by programming in Java to create your own music composition tools.
Smurf is a GTK-based SoundFont editor. SoundFont files are a collection of audio samples and other data that describe instruments for the purpose of composing music. SoundFont files do not describe the music itself, but rather the sounds of the instruments. These instruments can be composed of any digitally recordable or generated sound. This format provides a portable and flexible sound synthesis environment that can be supported in hardware or software. Note that Swami is the successor to Smurf and is an entire object-oriented rewrite of it.
Spiral Synth is a physically modelled polyphonic analogue synthesizer. It is capable of creating the kind of sounds made by hardware analogue synths, the noises used in electronic music. You can also use it to make stranger sounds too. MIDI is supported, and it uses the standard OSS/Free sound output (/dev/dsp).