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  • Create a Fedora spin configured with software and optimizations designed for audio creation work.



  • 2010-07-22: Creation of the Spin Development page.
  • 2010-07-18: There has been renewed interest on the music list in developing a Fedora Music Creation spin.
  • 2012-02-19: Renewed interest here
  • 2012-02-23: GSoC started with one student on the project


The aim is to release with the next mainstream Fedora release, Fedora 18


If any of these areas interest you, please put your name next to an item, and indicate when you think you might be able to complete the task, etc.

  • Develop the list of primary audio packages. (collab)
  • Develop the list of other audio packages. (collab)
  • Develop a list of system tweaks to improve the user experience (bsjones: currently looking at the kxstudio suite of tools. It provides jack / pulseaudio / ALSA midi integration. Needs some work to be packaged for Fedora)
  • Build initial kickstart file based on primary audio packages. done. see Spin Page.
  • Publish the first cut via torrent/site for SIG feedback. (crantila: this should be done via fedorahosted?) (dtimms: not sure, but time is of essence - so I have tried publishing both the torrent and ks so that people can further test the spin).
  • Make a cool name for the spin.
  • Prioritize tasks; assign them to people.
  • Team up with Artwork for themes and CDs/DVDs. (Jørn, but anyone is allowed to contribute)
    • See this page for a collection of Fedora community-contributed artwork.
  • Document "primary" software (Christopher).
    • Use [1] as a reference for rtirq
  • Get space at fedorahosted to store development materials (git done).
  • Get a beat written for the Release Notes (Christopher).
  • Contact the Spins SIG to notify them of our project , and ask for help

Primary Packages

Primary packages
Please only write up packages that we *need* to have in the spin.

The spin developers consider this group of packages to cover key audio creation areas.

A python script crawls the Primary list. Plwase enter package names as found as you would install using yum. If you want to add a comment to an entry, please use | as a delimiter ( package | comment).

The script will show what needs to be packaged [2] to complete the primary list.

Written Music / Sheet Music

  • LilyPond
    • LilyPond-mode for Emacs
    • Frescobaldi
    • LilyPondTools for jEdit
  • mscore | This is MuseScore
  • emcas-muse
  • swami
  • tuxguitar |can be substituted for kGuitar

Recording and DAWs

  • Audacity
  • Ardour
  • Qtractor
  • Rosegarden4
  • muse
  • Traverso |This one is debatable (seems to compete with ardour)

Sound Analysis

  • Praat
  • Friture | [3]


  • Drums:
    • hydrogen
  • Keyboard:
    • zynaddsubfx
    • bristol
    • monobristol
  • Effects:
    • rakarrack
    • guitarix
  • Sampling:
    • SooperLooper
    • SpecimenSampler

Sound Server and Configuration

  • Jack:
    • qjackctl
    • jack-audio-connection-kit
    • jack-audio-connection-kit-dbus
    • jackctlmmc
    • pulseaudio-module-jack
    • patchage
    • ladish |Will be removed. Has too many dependencies (mostly gtk/glade)
  • alsa:
    • a2jmidid
    • alsa-firmware
    • alsa-tools
    • alsa-utils
    • alsamixergui
    • alsa-plugins-pulseaudio
    • alsa-plugins-jack
    • alsa-plugins-usbstream
    • alsa-plugins-samplerate
    • alsa-plugins-upmix
    • alsa-plugins-downmix
  • Midi:
    • arpage
    • qmidiarp
    • FluidSynth
    • fluid-soundfont-gm
    • Qsynth
    • timidity++
    • seq24


  • lash
  • jack_capture
  • jamin
  • multimedia-menus
  • jaaa
  • jmeters
  • qastools
  • japa

Audio Plugins

  • calf | Audio plugins pack
  • JACK-Rack | LADSPA effects rack
  • ladspa:
    • LADSPA | Audio Plugins
    • ladspa-amb-plugins | Ambisonics LADSPA plugins
    • ladspa-blop-plugins | Bandlimited LADSPA Oscillator Plugins
    • ladspa-caps-plugins | The C* Audio Plugin Suite
    • ladspa-cmt-plugins | A collection of LADSPA plugins
    • ladspa-fil-plugins | LADSPA Filter plugins
    • ladspa-rev-plugins | A reverberation plugin for LADSPA
    • ladspa-swh-plugins | A set of audio plugins for LADSPA
    • ladspa-tap-plugins | Tom's Audio Processing plugin
    • ladspa-vco-plugins | Anti-aliased pulse and sawtooth oscillators
    • ladspa-autotalent-plugins
    • ladspa-mcp-plugins
  • lv2:
    • lv2
    • lv2dynparam | LV2 dynamic parameters extension
    • lv2-swh-plugins | LV2 version of swh plugins
    • lv2-vocoder-plugins | robotic effect to vocals
    • lv2-zynadd-plugins | LV2 port of ZynAddSubFX
    • lv2-mdaEPiano
    • lv2-ll-plugins
    • lv2-kn0ck0ut
    • lv2-invada-plugins
    • lv2-fil-plugins
    • lv2-c++-tools
    • lv2-avw-plugins
    • lv2-abGate
    • lv2-EQ10Q-plugins
  • slv2 | LV2 host library
  • zynjacku | LV2 synths and plugins host
  • zita-at1
  • zita-rev1
  • dssi:
    • DSSI | Soft Synth Interface
    • dssi-vst | DSSI plugin wrapper for VST plugins
    • fluidsynth-dssi
    • hexter-dssi
    • nekobee-dssi
    • whysynth-dssi
    • xsynth-dssi

Streaming and DJ applications

  • IDJC

Non-audio extra programs

  • xchat
  • firefox
  • nano |if anyone has a problem with this, please tell me -jvlomax
  • shutter
  • vim
  • emacs
  • emacs-color-theme
  • backintime-kde
  • screen

Kernel and Drivers

  • rtirq
  • FFADO |FireWire audio capture/output

Default Desktop Environment(s)


Secondary Packages

Secondary packages are nice to have, but will not be on the Live CD/DVD. If there will be a separate "Installation DVD," these packages should be included.

Secondary packages may or may not already be packaged for Fedora. If a secondary package is not already available from the main Fedora repository, it should be noted here, and the package should be included on the "Wishlist" below.

The purpose of secondary packages is that they can be advertised as part of the Audio Spin, and/or we can help users install them more easily, and/or just so the Audio Creation SIG is aware that they exist and we should keep an eye on them.

  • Audio Programming Languages:
    • SuperCollider (needs to be moved from CCRMA)
    • PD-extended (needs to be moved from CCRMA)
    • CSound5
  • Music Research
    • music21 (not packaged; see [4])
    • humdrum (not pacakged; see [5])
      • maybe some music from KernScores ([6])
      • maybe PerlHumdrum
  • Printed Music
    • Krescobaldi, the KDE-dependent version of Frescobaldi (not yet released; see [7])
  • Instrument support
    • plug (not packaged, see wishlist)

Legacy List

This portion doesn't follow the guidelines above.

  • these packages are not in the repos, but can be downloaded from the linux rtwiki and linux audio creation sites.
    • rtirq- this script, (if I understand it correctly), determines which IRQ numbers are used for soundcards and sets them for realtime audio priority.
    • realtimeconfigquickscan-this script performs a number of checks and with every check also provides the method of fixing the corresponding settings.
    • rtirq actually changes setting whereas the realtimeconfigquickscan merely checks for real time optimization and offers suggestions.
    • I would like to write a tutorial for these in the fedora musicians guide. Let me know if you think this is a good/bad idea.(William Backburn)


Enter any Audio Creation related software you want to see packaged here:

Information Software Instrument Type
Package Summary License Assignee Appl Lib Notation Drums Piano Strings Other Audio MIDI Mixer Sampler
AlsaModularSynth Realtime Modular Synthesizer and Effect Processor GPL currently in PlanetCCRMA; package is called "ams"
athenaCL Modular poly-paradigm algorithmic music composition in a cross-platform interactive command-line environment. GPL2 M. Edward (Ed) Borasky
CheeseTracker software sampler & step-based sequencer GPL? currently in PlanetCCRMA
chibitracker Impulse Tracker clone GPL
Ecasound multitrack audio processing GPL+LGPL currently in PlanetCCRMA
FreqTweak FreqTweak is a tool for FFT-based realtime audio spectral manipulation and display. GPL currently under review
giada Live sampler / looper ?
humdrum Software tools intended to assist in music research ? Christopher
IanniX A graphical real-time open-source sequencer for digital art GPL3 M. Edward (Ed) Borasky
Impro-Visor Jazz Improvisation Advisor for the Improviser GPL2 M. Edward (Ed) Borasky
ingen modular audio processing system using Jack LV2 GPL? currently unreleased
laditools Linux audio toolbox GPL/LGPL bsjones
ladish Linux audio session handler GPL/LGPL bsjones
LuaAV Real-time audiovisual scripting environment using Lua University of California Regents ( M. Edward (Ed) Borasky
mididings MIDI router and processor GPL?
monoBristol GUI launcher for the Bristol synth collection GPL/LGPL
music21 Python-based toolkit for computer-aided musicology LGPLv3 & CC-BY-SA3 & ?? Christopher
Mustajuuri audio signal processing GPL/LGPL
NASPRO the NASPRO Architecture for Sound PROcessing LGPLv2/GPLv3/ISC
Neil Modular tracker GPL? libmad dependancy needs investigating
Non DAW Digital audio workstation GPLv2+
Non Mixer Digital audio mixer GPLv2+
Non Session Manager Persistent Session Manager GPLv2+
paulstretch Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch GPLv2 bsjones has a patch to remove mp3 support
plug PLUG is Linux software for Fender Mustang amplifiers. GPLv3 imalone has a spec file based on SUSE package
PureData Real-time Graphical Programming Environment for Audio Std. Improved BSD currently in PlanetCCRMA
python-paulstretch Command line version of Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch GPLv2
Qtractor Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer GPLv2 currently in PlanetCCRMA and RPM Fusion
ReZound graphical audio file editor GPL? currently in PlanetCCRMA
rtirq Utility to assign IRQ priorities GPL? currently in PlanetCCRMA
sfront MPEG-4 Structured Audio: Developer Tools GPL, GNU Free Documentation License M. Edward (Ed) Borasky
slippery chicken Algorithmic composition system GPL but may have a "non-commercial" clause ... see M. Edward (Ed) Borasky
SuperCollider Programming Language for Real-time Audio Synthesis GPLv2 currently in PlanetCCRMA bsjones / nando
synthclone Synthesizer cloning into SFZ/Hydrogen by means of outputting MIDI and recording the result LGPL/GPL
terminatorX realtime audio synthesizer GPLv2? currently in RPM Fusion, but for Fedora 11
Traverso multitrack audio recording and editing GPL? currently in RPM Fusion, but for Fedora 11
WineASIO ASIO support for wine GPL?
Wired music production and creation GPL?
yoshimi ZynAddSubFX fork GPLv3


Audio Creation related software submitted for review

Information Software Instrument Type
Package Summary License Bugzilla Appl Lib Notation Drums Piano Strings Other Audio MIDI Mixer Sampler
Non-sequencer Real-time, pattern-based MIDI sequencer GPLv2+ 571993

Orphaned Packages Needing Maintainers

No Currently Orphaned Audio Creation packages

Packages Accepted into Fedora

Information Software Instrument Type
Package Summary License pkgdb Appl Lib Notation Drums Piano Strings Other Audio MIDI Mixer Sampler Notes
Ardour Multichannel Digital Audio Workstation GPLv2+ [8]
arpage MIDI Arpeggiator GPLv3 [9]
Audacity Multitrack audio editor GPLv2 [10]
Bristol Synthesizer emulator GPLv2 [11]
Csound sound synthesis language and lib LGPL [12]
FAUST real-time audio signal processing language. GPLv2+... [13]
fmit Free Music Instrument Tuner. GPLv2+... [14]
FluidR3 soundfont Pro-quality GM/GS soundfont MIT [15]
FluidSynth Real-time software synthesizer LGPLv2+ [16]
Frescobaldi LilyPond sheet music editor for KDE4 GPLv2+... [17]
Frinika Music Workstation GPLv2+ [18]
Gnome Guitar small suite of apps for the guitarist GPLv3+ [19]
guitarix Mono amplifier to JACK GPL+ [20]
Hydrogen advanced drum machine GPLv2+ [21]
JACK The Jack Audio Connection Kit GPLv2&LGPLv2 [22]
Jack_capture Record sound files with JACK GPLv2+... [23]
jack-keyboard Virtual keyboard for JACK MIDI BSD [24]
JAMin JACK Audio Mastering interface GPLv2+ [25]
jconv Jack Convolution Engine GPLv2+ [26]
k3guitune Guitar and other instruments tuner GPLv2+ [27]
KGuitar Guitar Tabulature Music Editor GPLv2+ [28]
liblrdf lib for manipulating LADSPA RDF files GPLv2+ [29]
LMMS music production GPLv2+ ... [30]
meterbridge Meter Bridge for JACK GPL+ [31]
Minicomputer Software synthesizer GPLv3 [32]
MusE Midi/Audio Music Sequencer GPL+... [33]
MuseScore music composition & notation software GPLv2... [34]
nted Musical score editor GPLv2+... [35]
MusixTeX Sophisticated music typesetting GPLv2+ [36]
PortMidi Real-time Midi I/O Library MIT [37]
Qjackctl JACK control application GPLv2+ [38]
QasTools Collection of ALSA utilities ? [39]
Qsynth Qt based Fluidsynth frontend GPLv2+ [40]
Rakarrack guitar effects processor GPLv2 [41]
Rosegarden4 MIDI, audio and notation editor GPLv2+ [42]
rtaudio Real-time Audio I/O Library MIT [43]
rumor Really Unintelligent Music transcriptOR GPLv2 [44]
Seq24 Real-time midi sequencer GPLv2+ [45]
Sooperlooper Realtime software looping sampler GPLv2+ [46]
SoundTracker Sound module composer/player GPLv2+ [47]
Swami Sampled Waveforms And Musical Instruments GPLv2+ [48]
Sweep audio editor & live playback tool GPLv2+ [49]
TamTam Music and Sound Exploration Application for the OLPC GPLv2+ [50]
TSE3 MIDI Sequencer Engine GPL+ [51]
TuxGuitar multitrack tablature editor LGPLv2+ [52]
ZynAddSubFX Real-time software synthesizer GPLv2 [53]

  • Please add others that have already made the jump into Fedora, so that we can show that the SIG is making positive progress ;-)
  • The above table is made for ease of classification. Feel free to tailor it.

Audio Plugins

DSSI, LADSPA and LV2 plugins allow usage of wide range of audio processors and effects in many audio synthesis and recording software (Ardour, Audacity, Muse, Rosegarden,...). Fedora currently offers a list of most popular ones of these plugins. There are still many more to package:

Audio Plugins Wishlist

Plugin Summary License Assignee Notes
ladspa-mcp-plugins Chorus and Phaser GPLv2+
ladspa-vcf-plugins EQ biquad filters LGPL?
ladspa-vlevel-plugins Look-ahead compressor GPL?
Refer to [] for more unpackaged LV2 plugins

Audio Plugins Submitted for Review

Plugin Summary License Bugzilla Notes

Accepted Audio Plugins

Plugin Summary License pkgdb Notes
calf Audio plugins pack GPLv2+... [54]
dssi-vst DSSI plugin wrapper for VST plugins GPLv2 [55]
DSSI Soft Synth Interface MIT [56]
JACK Rack LADSPA effects rack GPLv2+ [57]
LADSPA Audio Plugins LGPLv2+ [58]
ladspa-amb-plugins Ambisonics LADSPA plugins GPLv2+ [59]
ladspa-blop-plugins Bandlimited LADSPA Oscillator Plugins GPLv2+ [60]
ladspa-caps-plugins The C* Audio Plugin Suite GPLv2+ [61]
ladspa-cmt-plugins A collection of LADSPA plugins GPLv2+ [62]
ladspa-fil-plugins LADSPA Filter plugins GPLv2+ [63]
ladspa-rev-plugins A reverberation plugin for LADSPA GPLv2+ [64]
ladspa-swh-plugins A set of audio plugins for LADSPA GPLv2+ [65]
ladspa-tap-plugins Tom's Audio Processing plugin GPLv2+ [66]
ladspa-vco-plugins Anti-aliased pulse and sawtooth oscillators GPLv2+ [67]
lv2core Audio Plugin Standard LGPLv2+... [68]
lv2dynparam LV2 dynamic parameters extension GPLv2 [69]
lv2-swh-plugins LV2 version of swh plugins GPLv2+ [70]
lv2-vocoder-plugins robotic effect to vocals GPLv2 [71]
lv2-zynadd-plugins LV2 port of ZynAddSubFX GPLv2 [72]
slv2 LV2 host library GPLv2+ [73]
zynjacku LV2 synths and plugins host GPLv2... [74]


The minutes from previous meetings can be found here. The next meeting scheduled is 13th of August

The following items will be discussed:

  • Status update. What is the current status of the spin
  • Themeing. How to get contributions
  • Test day 23.08
  • open floor

Involed or Interested Contributors

This list is currently alphabetized by surname. If you do not have or do not wish to use a surname, you are welcome to add your name to this list in any way you see fit.

Test days

As the spin develops, we will schedule and participate in test days. If you have an audio itch, see if the Audio Creation spin is scratching it...


Please view the bug tracker for the project

kickstart issues

  • attempt at setting the default group for all users is not recognised: you still have to mess with users and groups to add the user to jackuser. this is probably one of the key things that is needed for the spin to be instantly usable by beginners. - fixed
  • existing package bugs:

We want to keep track of new and existing bugs. Maybe some cached BugZilla queries?

Links to Further Information