Musix 0.40 released!
Thanks to the support of the Ututo Proyect, FSF, Ourproject, and to the
usual collaborators, the Musix project has just released Musix 0.40,
whose programs were tested for over 2 months, time that allowed us to
solve all kind of problems over Musix 0.39, and to make the more
relevant software updates.
0.40 can be consider the more stable and functional Musix version until
now, and its use is recommendable in the long term. Musix 0.49 will be
an extremely updated version, hopping to support new hardware.
When Musix reaches version 1.0 at the beginning of 2007, the stability
of the system will be optimal, mainly because the package repository of
the Debian/testing distribution will be frozen, that is to say, stable,
so the users of Musix will not have problems when trying to install new
Musix counts with its own software package repository that has been
growing. It is hoped to incorporate new software nonavailable in
Debian, like mplayer or cinelerra (video edition).
The Musix project has offered several speeches in different institutions
during 2005 and 2006, affirming the commitment with the diffusion of
free software among musicians, sound engineers and users in general.
== Important programs/packages updated ==
* Ardour 0.99.2 (some bugs fixed, last stable version)
* Hydrogen Drum Machine 0.9.3
* Hwdata 0.177-1 (better hardware detection, specially video)
* Freewheeling 0.5.1 (fweelin-0.5.1_0.5.1-1_i386.deb)
* Rox-Filer 2.4.1-1 (file manager and desktop icons)
* Zynaddsubfx 2.2.1-4
== New programs/packages installed ==
* Rosegarden 1.2.3 (Musix 039 and 040 are the only distros with this
* Mixxx 1.4.2-1 (Digital Disc Jockey Interface)
* Cecilia 2.0.5-2
* Csound 4.23f13
* guidedog 1.0.0-3 (routing)
* guarddog 2.5.0-1 (firewall)
* jackeq 0.4.0-2 (simple EQ for JACK)
* echomixer - control tool for Echoaudio soundcards
* envy24control - control tool for Envy24 (ice1712) based soundcards
* hdspconf - GUI program to control the Hammerfall HDSP Alsa
* hdspmixer - advanced routing features control of the RME
* rmedigicontrol - control tool for RME Digi32 and RME Digi96
== Removed Packages ==
* libncurses5-dev and its dependencies
* libx11-dev and its dependencies
* kernel 188.8.131.52
== Others changes ==
* Spanish Documentation about Ardour
* kernel 184.108.40.206 was replaced by 2.6.11 of Musix 0.31 to achive
more compatibility with SATA disks
* The others kernels of Musix 0.40: 220.127.116.11, 2.6.13, 18.104.22.168-rt
* Several scripts were created and improved to make more easy the
use of the system
* A new script that can change the themes for the rox-filer desktop
* Isolinux screenboot was modified (logo.16)
* Wallpapers from Jorge Salgueiro were added
* Some new presets for Jamin were added from Gilberto Borges
== Solved problems ==
Generally speaking, this problems has been solved:
* KDM (desktop manager) takes too long to launch, solved
* After updated GTK, some desktop icons disappear, solved
* After the installation, the system reboots Ok
== Known problems in Musix 0.40 ==
* The new Rosegarden 1.2.3 (Musix is the only distro with this
version) crashes when trying to record audio. We will soon inform how
to solve it
* It is probable that the installation in some SATA hard disks may
not possible (test)
* It is probable that the no-root users does not inherit the
configuration of the Musix's desktop. This is solved with 2 commands in
text console (terminal), just type:
cp -Rp /root/.config/* ~/.config
== Next version, Musix 0.49 ==
* Musix 0,49 will have the new version of ALSA, 1.0.11 , which
solves hundreds of bugs and incorporates new functionalities and
support for sound plates
* Hundreds of software packages will be updated ( 459 until now)
* Kernel 2.6.16-beyond4.1 could be the default one for this version.
This kernel already can be installed along with the new ALSA drivers
from the Musix repository (apt-get update && apt-get -y install
* It is hoped to be released in a few days
* Director del desarrollo de Musix GNU+Linux, 100% Software Libre
* Descarga el CD de Musix: (www.musix.org.ar)
* Videos, programas y otras cosas en:
Download links (once SF finishes updating mirrors)...
The Realtime Linux Security Module (LSM) is a loadable extension for
Linux 2.6 kernels. It selectively grants realtime permissions to
specific user groups or applications.
This release provides the kernel patch formerly included in Andrew
Morton's kernel development tree. This module is no longer available
there, so I am releasing it for download via SourceForge.
The kernel developers prefer their own rlimits solution for granting
realtime privileges. Since that is their responsibility, I defer to
their feelings. Since their solution requires PAM updates which have
been very slow to appear in end-user distributions, I continue to
provide this (simpler) solution via SourceForge for those who need it.
There are no new features. You need not update, if an older version
still works for you. This patch is not actively being developed, but
I will continue to provide support as needed for the many users of
distributions still lacking the required PAM updates for the rlimits
solution preferred by the kernel developers.
This release only supports kernel version 2.6.6 and newer. For older
kernels, realtime-lsm-0.1.1 is still available.
This LSM was written by Torben Hohn and Jack O'Quin, who make no
warranty concerning the safety, security or even stability of your
system when using it. But, if you do have problems, please report
them on the linux-audio-user(a)music.columbia.edu mailing list
The latest version of aubio, 0.3.0, is now available. aubio is a library
for audio labelling. The goal of this project is to provide automatic
feature extraction algorithms to other audio software projects. Features
include onset detection, beat tracking, and pitch detection. Functions
can be used offline in sound editors and software samplers, or online in
audio effects and virtual instruments.
This release features several changes:
* new pitch detection method, yinfft
* new beat tracking algorithm (improved from 0.2.0)
* new puredata external
* enhancements to the onset detection algorithms
* improved aubiocut, can now slice at beats and silences
* new aubiopitch python program to extract pitch tracks
* plotting features for aubiocut and aubiopitch
* python interface refactored
* updated documentation
As usual, the source code can be found at http://aubio.piem.org/ ,
and Debian packages are available from http://piem.org/debian/ .
Feedback most appreciated!
Announcing Sonic Visualiser, an application for viewing and analysing
the contents of music audio files.
Sonic Visualiser contains advanced waveform and spectrogram viewers,
as well as editors for many sorts of audio annotations. Besides
visualisation, it can make and play selections based on the locations
of automatically detected features, seamlessly loop playback of single
or multiple noncontiguous regions, synthesise annotations for playback,
and slow down playback while retaining display synchronisation.
Sonic Visualiser also introduces the Vamp plugin API, for plugins that
extract descriptive or analytical data from audio. Vamp plugins for
onset, pitch and note detection using the Aubio library are available,
as well as plugins for tempo tracking, chromagram analysis, constant-Q
spectrogram, spectral centroid, power curve and tonal change
detection. There is also a comprehensive SDK for use by developers of
Vamp plugins and hosts.
Sonic Visualiser is Free Software distributed under the GNU General
Public License. The 0.9 release is available now in source code form
or as binaries for Linux, OS/X, and Windows.
For more information and downloads, please see
For more information about Vamp plugins, please see
See also the SourceForge page for this project at
Sonic Visualiser was developed at the Centre for Digital Music, Queen
Mary, University of London and partially funded by the European
Commission through the SIMAC project IST-FP6-507142.
Just a short announcement to let everyone know the new and slightly
improved Quicktoots homepage is now online at it's new address:
As always we would love to have more submissions on new ways to use the
latest tools. If you are interested in having your name up in lights let
The purpose of the Quicktoots are to provide a community resource of
informative guides for using Linux audio applications.
The Quicktoots are the brainchild of Dave Phillips the man responsible
for the most comprehensive webpage devoted to Linux audio applications.
The Linux Sound and Midi page. Your one stop resource for Linux sound
If you are in the position to link to any of the quicktoots please link
to the main page. That way we can keep more accurate statistics on the
amount of people viewing the pages.
If you are interested in contributing to the Quicktoots please let us
know. All work must be submitted to either Dave or myself and we will
give advice or make changes to ensure our publishing standard is met. If
you are not able to send html don't worry because I am willing to format
Patrick Shirkey - Boost Hardware Ltd.
Http://www.boosthardware.comHttp://www.djcj.org/LAU/guide/ - The Linux Audio Users guide
"Anything your mind can see you can manifest physically, then it will
become reality" - Macka B
Slag 0.1 released !
The Slag project is a pattern-based audio sequencer that can currently
be used as a simple drum box. It features real-time editing, optional
JACK support with individual ports for tracks, volume settings for pads
and tracks, a virtually unlimited number of tracks and patterns, the
ability to link song parts together, and real-time audio file output.
It's licensed under the GNU GPL.
Homepage : http://www.nongnu.org/slag/
Download : http://download.savannah.gnu.org/releases/slag/
This release fixes a crash which occurred when stopping audio file
output, fixes compilation problems with GCC 4, and adds support for
NetBSD and MacOS X. A Mac OS X binary package is now provided in the
download area. Mailing-lists have also been created, you can subscribe
May 8th 2006,
CLAM Music Annotator 0.3.1 released
What is the CLAM Music Annotator?
Is an application of the CLAM framework  that can be
used to visualise, check and modify music information
extracted from audio: low level features, note segmentation,
chords, structure... The tool is intended to be useful for
(though not limited to) the music information retrieval
research whenever you need to:
- Supervise and correct the results of automated audio
feature extraction algorithms
- Generate manually edited annotations of audio as training
examples or ground truth for those algorithms.
You can learn more about Music Annotator in its wiki page,
which includes screenshots and videos galleries:
The application comes with two example extractors. One that
computes low level descriptors and another that performs
It also features useful views such as the "tonnetz" and
"key space" to visualise the tonal features (chords,
CLAM Music Annotator is GPL.
What's new from last (0.2) version ?
This is a major release which have at least duplicated the
number of important features.
- Ported to Qt4
- New chord extractor
- Colourful animated visualisations
- Improved application work-flow (project building, etc.)
- It also works as a collaborative annotation tool (BOCA
See the changelog  for a complete list of changes.
or the wiki  for general information.
How to install it?
In Windows we provide a binary installer which includes
all the needed libraries (including Qt4) and ready-to-use
For Linux and Mac OSX we don't provide binaries at this
moment (though we plan to do in short).
Source tarballs can be downloaded from the web and complete
build instructions can be found in the INSTALL file.
This project is partially founded by SIMAC European Project,
and Catalunya's Government, exp 200/05 ST
The chord extractor extracts segments labeled with chords.
It uses Christopher Harte algorithm with some minor
variations. It has been developed as a collaboration between
the Queen Mary University of London and the Universitat
Pompeu Fabra (UPF) of Barcelona.
The "keyspace" view is a great contribution of Jordi Bonada
and Emilia Gomez, at UPF.
The CLAM team
Music Tecnology Group
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)
TwoLAME is an optimised MPEG Audio Layer 2 (MP2) encoder based on
tooLAME by Mike Cheng, which in turn is based upon the ISO dist10
code and portions of LAME.
Features added to TwoLAME:
- Fully thread-safe
- Static and shared library (libtwolame)
- API very similar to LAME's (for easy porting)
- Frontend supports wider range of input files (using libsndfile)
- automake/libtool/pkgconfig based build system
- C99 compliant
Changes in to version 0.3.7:
- (libtwolame) Added twolame_encode_buffer_float32() function
- (libtwolame) Fix NAN bug for AMD64 processors
- Checks type sizes of short and float
- Changed compile flags a bit. Added -std=c99
- Changed version number displayed by frontend
Dino is a MIDI sequencer for GNU/Linux that uses JACK MIDI and JACK
transport to send MIDI events to synths and synchronise with other
sequencers or transport aware programs. It uses LASH to save and restore
sessions. This is the first release. Get it at http://dinoseq.sf.net .
* libglademm >= 2.4.1
* libxml++ >= 2.6.1
* JACK >= 0.100 with the MIDI patch available here:
* LASH >= 0.5.0
PGP key: http://www.student.nada.kth.se/~d00-llu/pgp_key.php
Fingerprint: FCA7 C790 19B9 322D EB7A E1B3 4371 4650 04C7 7E2E