The Advanced Linux Sound Architecture is composed of several parts. The first is a fully modularized sound driver which supports module autoloading, devfs, isapnp autoconfiguration, and gives complete access to analog audio, digital audio, control, mixer, synthesizer, DSP, MIDI, and timer components of audio hardware. It also includes a fully-featured kernel-level sequencer, a full compatibility layer for OSS/Free applications, an object-oriented C library which covers and enhances the ALSA kernel driver functionality for applications (client/server, plugins, PCM sharing/multiplexing, PCM metering, etc.), an interactive configuration program for the driver, and some simple utilities for basic management.
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.
ebook2cw is a command line program that converts a plain text file (like an eBook) to Morse code (CW) MP3 or OGG files. Morse parameters like speed and tone frequency, and audio parameters such as bit rate, sample rate, and quality can be changed by command line switches. It automatically splits and numbers the output files by chapters.
FluidSynth is a real-time software synthesizer based on the SoundFont 2 specifications. It can read MIDI events from MIDI input devices or files and render them to an audio device using SoundFont instrument banks. It can also play MIDI files. Other features include real time effect control and a powerful API for embedding FluidSynth in other programs.
The Freeverb3 library includes high quality freeverb, nreverb, impulse response reverb, FIR filter constructor, band splitter, and hardknee/softknee compressor. Its oversampling feature provides high quality audio processing. The compressor provides mastering quality audio processing. This library includes XMMS plugins, audacious plugins, BMP beep media player plugins, and sample programs, which enable you to test the audio effects easily. Freeverb3_vst is a VST plugin version of the freeverb3 library.
orDrumbox is a fully-featured drum machine and audio sequencer that is pattern oriented, has an automatic composer, automatic sound assignations, custom drum kits, loop support, and the ability to import and export songs. Its main features are a pattern seqencer, a drumkit editor, a piano roll, a step sequencer, sound generation, soft synth, and the ability to import and export MIDI files and Wave files.
Sfront compiles MPEG 4 Structured Audio (MP4-SA) programs into efficient C programs that generate audio when executed. MP4-SA is a standard for normative algorithmic sound, which combines an audio signal processing language (SAOL) with score languages (MIDI and SASL). Under Mac OS X and Linux, sfront supports real-time, low-latency audio input/output and MIDI input. Under Mac OS X, sfront supports the creation of AudioUnit plug-ins. The documentation includes a book about SAOL programming.
Faust AUdio STreams is an expressive functional programming language for realtime audio signal processing. The Faust compiler translates DSP specifications into efficient C++ code. A variety of platforms and plugin formats are supported. A single Faust specification can be used to easily generate JACK and ALSA applications, as well as LADSPA, MAX/MSP, PD, Q, SC, and VST plugins. In addition to C++ code, the Faust compiler can also generate SVG block-diagram representations as well as XML descriptions.
Qsynth is a GUI front-end application for Fluidsynth. Fluidsynth is a command-line software synthesizer based on the Soundfont specification. Qsynth was built with the Qt4 toolkit using Qt Designer. Eventually it may evolve into a softsynth management application that allows the user to control and manage a variety of command line softsynths, but it currently just wraps the excellent Fluidsynth program.