I'm happy to announce the release of version 0.5 of Spek - an acoustic spectrum
analyser / spectrogram viewer.
Spek is a multi-platform app available on GNU/Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.
Changes since the previously announced version (0.3):
* Associate with audio files (“Open with…” menu in file managers.)
* Show the name of the open file in the window title.
* Support 24-bit FLACs.
* Drag and Drop support.
* Show file name and its properties in the window.
* Significantly speed up spectral analysis by using the optimal number
of frequency bands.
* DTS files support.
* Distribute Windows version as a ZIP archive in addition to the MSI installer.
* Mac OS X installer.
* Use Pango to render text.
* Brand new icon.
Read more about Spek on the official website  and on my blog 
gst123-0.1.1 has been released.
Overview of Changes in gst123-0.1.1:
* Fix code to allow uris in playlist. [Siddhesh Poyarekar]
* Fix building with binutils-gold. [Siddhesh Poyarekar]
What is gst123?
The program gst123 is designed to be a more flexible command line player in the
spirit of ogg123 and mpg123, based on gstreamer. It plays all file formats
gstreamer understands, so if you have a music collection which contains
different file formats, like flac, ogg and mp3, you can use gst123 to play all
your music files.
Since gst123-0.1.0 support for watching videos has been added; however gst123
should run fine in situations where no X11 display is available; videos can be
played without X11 display, too (-x, --novideo); in this case, only the audio
stream will be played.
It is implemented in C++ and licensed under the GNU LGPL version 2
Stefan Westerfeld, Hamburg/Germany, http://space.twc.de/~stefan
We are pleased to announce the release of rakarrack 0.5.8 Equinox, a summer gift. This is a major feature release, but we have also fixed many old bugs.
We know that today is a Solstice, but we think that Equinox is a better definition for this version because we have worked diligently since release of 0.4.2, and 0.5.8 for us is like the start of a new cycle in the development of Rakarrack. Releasing on a Solstice is simply because this is a good reason to celebrate if you're a musician with preference for free open source software.
New Bank File format, we include a utility "rakconvert" to convert Bank files
to the new format.
Valve, Dual Flange, Ring, Exciter, Expander, DistBand, Arpie, Shuffle, Synthfilter,
VaryBand, Convolotron, Looper, MuTroMojo, Echoverse, CoilCrafter,
ShelfBoost, Vocoder, Sustainer, Sequence, Shifter, StompBox, Reverbtron,
Upsampling using libsamplerate by Erik de Castro Lopo.
Downsample intesive CPU effects.
ACI Analog Control Interface.
M.Saw, Compress, Overdrive, Soft, Super Soft, Gard Compress, Lmt-NoGain,
Hard Compress, FET, DynoFET, Valve1, Valve2, Diode clipper.
DC Offset Filter at the input.
Auto Connect jack input ports.
GUI and bug fixes.
The rakarrack team:
Josep Andreu - Ryan Billing - Douglas McClendon - Arnout Engelen
Josep Andreu <holborn(a)telefonica.net>
Virtual MIDI Piano Keyboard is a MIDI events generator and receiver. It
doesn't produce any sound by itself, but can be used to drive a MIDI
synthesizer (either hardware or software, internal or external). You can use
the computer's keyboard to play MIDI notes, and also the mouse. You can use
the Virtual MIDI Piano Keyboard to display the played MIDI notes from another
instrument or MIDI file player.
* New D-Bus interface exposing many program features to other D-Bus clients
* New Simplified Chinese language translation. Thanks to Rui Fan
* German translation updates, including the program online help. Thanks to
Philip Edelmann and Frank Kober
* Larger shapes for switch-type extra controls, when using the custom style
Copyright (C) 2008-2010, Pedro Lopez-Cabanillas
License: GPL v3
Hello Fellow Linux Audio Users,
I like to pass along the release of AV Linux 4.0, I think this is an
unprecedented collection of Open-Source excellence and Commercial Linux
Audio Software Demos. For the full story including the list of included
applications please have a look at the Release Announcement pdf:
You are welcomed to have a look at the AV Linux website here:
Regards, Glen MacArthur
Quoting from http://www.ffado.org/?q=release/2.0.1
Without further ado, we hereby give you the 2.0.1 release of ffado.
The changelog to the previous 2.0.0 is rather simple:
Make it work on the new firewire-stack.
Of course some more fixes went into the package. But its mostly intended for
distributors so they can finally deprecate/disable the old firewire stack in
For more changelog and instructions please look back at the 2.0.0 release
announcement at http://www.ffado.org/?q=release/2.0.0
Get the package: http://www.ffado.org/files/libffado-2.0.1.tar.gz
Arnold, on behalf of the ffado-developers
This mail announces the 1.062 release of Nama, an Ecasound-based
multitrack recorder, mixer and mastering tool.
New features, several code refactorings and uncounted bug
fixes make this version the best evar. There is also a
The Debian package, newly available through the Debian 'unstable'
repository, should work on 'stable' and 'testing'
distributions as well.
Nama is also available from CPAN, the Comprehensive
Perl Archive Network.
-- Basics --
Nama adds a text-based user interface and DAW-like concepts
to the Ecasound audio processing engine.
Nama benefits from Ecasound's reliability, maturity and
flexibility, while saving the user from Ecasound's learning
curve. Although Nama has its own learning curve, it is
designed to make easy things easy, and some hard things
Since it does not depend on X, Nama is suitable for console
users, headless systems, and low-power CPUs. It could also be
used for comparative recording tests in situations where
video card interrupt conflicts are suspected.
-- Some details --
Nama works seamlessly with ALSA and JACK.
LADSPA plugins are automatically detected, and may be found
through Nama's help system by name or keyword.
Nama has an optional, ugly-duckling GUI that can handle
basic recording, mixing and fx-processing.
I'd like to acknowledge Julien Claassen for his thorough
testing, numerous suggestions and overall encouragement.
He's recently used Nama to produce some excellent
-- Features List --
+ Pre- and post-fader send buses
These are mainly for instrument monitor use, allowing
each musician to have her own custom mix.
A send bus duplicates all user track signals. Each
musician can adjust volume/pan/effects set to suit.
+ Sub buses
Useful for mixing groups of signals before
they arrive at the mixer provided by the Main bus
+ Post-fader inserts with wet/dry control
Track signals can be routed signals through external JACK
clients such as jconverter, or through the soundcard to
+ Track freezing
Like mixdown on a per-track basis, it can be helpful in
setups with many effects and limited CPU resources. The
'cache' command records a new version of the current track
with all effects applied. The 'uncache' command sets the
previous version with the original effects.
+ Effect chains
Nama's version of presets. An effect chain can be any
or all track effects with current parameter values.
+ Effect profiles
A group of effect chains for multiple tracks can be
stored under one name.
For example, "new_effect_profile Mastering jpop" stores
effect chains for all tracks in the Mastering group as "jpop".
+ Track effects bypass/restore
+ Graph-based routing system
Nama now has a more capable graph-based routing system
that replaces the original rule-based system. Nodes
of the graph are used to represent tracks, signal sources
and signal sinks. Edges indicate signal paths. Nama adds
loop devices to the graph as needed, a significant
convenience compared to hand-configured Ecasound.
The new routing system should also make it straightforward
to build in latency compensation.
+ Two interfaces to Ecasound
Nama will use libecasoundc via Brad Bowman's Audio::Ecasound
module if it is available. Otherwise, Nama will run
Ecasound in server mode and communicate via the Net-ECI
interface. This has no effect on the user interface.
-- Bugs and Limitations
Nama does *not* have a graphic waveform display.
Fortunately you have many alternatives to choose from
if you need this capability.
All file IO in Nama uses the WAV file format.
I just discovered that when Nama is installed from Debian,
interrupting the program requires a Ctrl-C *plus some
additional keystroke* to exit.
-- Installation --
+ For Debian 'unstable' systems
apt-get install nama
(Something similar is possible for other Debian
+ From CPAN
cpan Tk # to use the GUI
+ Browse or build from github
+ Browse at CPAN
KMid is a MIDI/Karaoke player for KDE4 that runs in Linux, Windows and Mac
KMid plays MIDI and karaoke files to hardware MIDI devices or software
synthesizers. It supports playlists, MIDI mappers, tempo (speed), volume and
pitch (transpose) controls and configurable character encoding, font and
color for lyrics. The graphic views include a rhythm view (visual metronome),
a channels window with solo/muting controls and instrument selectors, and a
piano player window (Pianola).
KMid is free software distributed under the terms of the GPL v2 license.
Changes for this release:
* ALSA Sequencer backend fixes. Bugs: #240391 and #240394.
* New and updated translations.
Drumstick is a C++ wrapper around the ALSA library sequencer interface using
Qt4 objects, idioms and style. ALSA sequencer provides software support for
MIDI technology on Linux. Complementary classes for SMF and WRK file
processing are also included. This library is used in KMetronome, KMidimon
and KMid2, and was formerly known as "aseqmm".
* Fixed a drumstick-sysinfo crash, when retrieving information for an
unavailable timer module.
* Fixed WRK file read implementation, allowing compilation on more
* Added standard arguments to all the utilities/example programs.
* Added man pages for all the utilities/example programs.
* New utility/example program: drumstick-drumgrid, a simple MIDI drum pattern
Copyright (C) 2009-2010, Pedro Lopez-Cabanillas
License: GPL v2 or later
Project web site