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.
Beast is a powerful music composition and modular synthesis application. It offers multiple input methods like multitrack, piano roll, and pattern editing and supports skins. On the technical side, it has a wide range of abilities like sequencing, unlimited undo/redo history, real-time synthesis with multiprocessor support, full duplex 32-bit audio rendering, precise timing down to sample granularity, on demand loading of partial wave files, on the fly decoding of various sample formats, aliasing free oscillators, and full Scheme scripting support.
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.
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.
STK is a set of audio signal processing C++ classes and instruments for music synthesis. You can use these classes to create programs which make cool sounds using a variety of synthesis techniques. This is not a terribly novel concept, except that STK is very portable and completely user-extensible.
The Two Dimensional Spatialization of Sound package takes a single monaural sound signal and processes it to create a binaural signal that places the source of the sound at a selectable arbitrary place around the listener. The package makes use of a set of HRTF Measurements of a KEMAR Dummy-Head Model created by Bill Gardner and Keith Martin of the MIT Media Lab. The sound spatialization software is ANSI C, and can be ported to any platform which will support the sound I/O requirements. The package also includes an FFT written in well-structured C.
Cheese Tracker is a program to create module music. It aims to have an interface and feature set similar to that of Impulse Tracker. It works on Unix systems and on Windows (using cygwin), but all the interface/audio code is fully modular and abstracted in individual classes, which should make the porting of this program to other platforms very easy.