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Music
Debian Edu music and sound applications

This metapackage depends on various applications that can be used to teach music.

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Audacious
small and fast audio player which supports lots of formats
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Audacious is a fork of beep-media-player which supports Winamp skins and many codecs.

In the default install, the following codecs are supported:

  • MP3
  • Ogg Vorbis / Theora
  • AAC and AAC+
  • FLAC
  • ALAC
  • Windows Media (WMA)
  • WAVE

Additionally, Audacious is extendable through plugins, and contains other useful features like LIRC support. Support for many more codecs can also be added through plugins.

This package contains the core player and its localization.

Audacity
fast, cross-platform audio editor
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Audacity is a multi-track audio editor for Linux/Unix, MacOS and Windows. It is designed for easy recording, playing and editing of digital audio. Audacity features digital effects and spectrum analysis tools. Editing is very fast and provides unlimited undo/redo.

Supported file formats include Ogg Vorbis, MP2, MP3, WAV, AIFF, and AU.

Denemo
GTK+ front end to GNU Lilypond
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GNU Denemo is a GUI musical score editor written in C/GTK+. It is intended primarily as a front end to GNU Lilypond, but is adaptable to other computer-music-related purposes as well.

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Education-menus
Debian Edu menu reorganization
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A package to reorganizate menu branches in order to get a structure easy to use for teachers and students.

To activate the menu reorganization, a teachers or students group must exist in the system and the user has to be a member of one of these two groups.

Fluidsynth
Real-time MIDI software synthesizer
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Fluidsynth is a real-time midi synthesizer based on the soundfont2 specifications. It can be used to render MIDI input or MIDI files to audio. The MIDI events are read from a MIDI device. The sound is rendered in real-time to the sound output device.

Freebirth
Bass synthesizer/sample player/sequencer
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Freebirth is a free software bass synthesizer / step sequencer / sample player similar to Rebirth. The bass synthesizer resembles a 303 but also has other capabilities such as

  • Three oscillators (saw, sin, sqr)
  • Phase offsets for each oscillator
  • Separate filter and amplitude envelopes
  • Separate tuning for each oscillator
  • Two effects busses (reverb and delay).
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Gtick
Metronome application
Maintainer: Roland Stigge
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GTick is an acoustical and graphical metronome application (usually used to support musicians at practising an instrument). It features a scale from 30 to 250 beats per minute and 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 and other meters. You need a sound device for using it.

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Hydrogen
advanced drum machine/step sequencer
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Hydrogen is an advanced drum machine. It's main goal is to bring professional yet simple and intuitive pattern-based drum programming.

General features:

  • Very user-friendly, modular, fast and intuitive graphical interface based on QT 4.
  • Sample-based stereo audio engine, with import of sound samples in .wav, .au and .aiff formats.
  • Support of samples in compressed FLAC file.

Sequencer and mixer features:

  • Pattern-based sequencer, with unlimited number of patterns and ability to chain patterns into a song.
  • Up to 64 ticks per pattern with individual level per event and variable pattern length.
  • 32 instrument tracks with volume, mute, solo, pan capabilities.
  • Multi layer support for instruments (up to 16 samples for each instrument).
  • Ability to import/export song files.
  • Unique human velocity, human time, pitch and swing functions.
  • Multiple patterns playing at once.

Other features:

  • JACK, ALSA, PortAudio and OSS audio drivers.
  • ALSA MIDI and PortMidi input with assignable midi-in channel (1..16, ALL).
  • Import/export of drumkits.
  • Export song to wav file.
  • Export song to midi file.
The package is enhanced by the following packages: hydrogen-drumkits hydrogen-drumkits-effects
Lingot
accurate and easy to use musical instrument tuner
Maintainer: Nicolas Boulenguez
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Lingot is a musical instrument tuner. It's accurate, easy to use, and highly configurable. Originally conceived to tune electric guitars, it can now be used to tune any instrument.

It looks like an analogic tuner, with a gauge indicating the relative shift to a certain note indicating that note and its frequency.

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Lmms
Linux Multimedia Studio
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LMMS aims to be a free alternative to popular (but commercial and closed- source) programs like FruityLoops, Cubase and Logic giving you the ability of producing music with your computer by creating cool loops, synthesizing and mixing sounds, arranging samples, having more fun with your MIDI-keyboard and much more...

LMMS combines the features of a tracker-/sequencer-program (pattern-/channel-/ sample-/song-/effect-management) and those of powerful synthesizers and samplers in a modern, user-friendly and easy to use graphical user-interface.

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Mcp-plugins
LADSPA plugins designed for Alsa Modular Synth
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MCP plugins implement a set of LADSPA plugins that vastly improve the sound of AlsaModularSynth.

Currently they consist of these plugins:

  • Moog VCF (1-3): Moog lowpass filters that quite successfully emulate the properties of the analogue circuit. Version 3 of these filters is recommended.
  • Phaser1: A phaser with up to 30 all-pass filters in series.
  • Phaser1+LFO: The same as above, but with built-in LFO. LFO waveform can be continuosly changed from saw down to triangle and saw up.
  • Chorus (1,2): Two chorus plugins.
Musescore
cross-platform multi-lingual music composition and notation
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MuseScore is an Open Source (GNU GPL) music notation software that runs on all platforms supported by Qt5 (GNU/Linux, MacOS X, Windows), and is available in over forty different languages. It features an easy to use WYSIWYG editor with audio score playback for results that look and sound beautiful, rivaling commercial offerings like Finale and Sibelius.

Create, play back and print sheet music for free. Features include:

  • easy-to-use and customisable interface
  • albums combining multiple scores
  • unlimited score length
  • unlimited number of staves per system
  • up to four independent voices per staff
  • score creation wizard and templates
  • easy and fast note entry with a (PC) keyboard, the mouse, including an on-screen virtual (piano) keyboard, or MIDI (step-time, real-time)
  • continuous view: focus on the content, scrolling by as an endless ribbon, undistracted by line breaks or page breaks; switch to page view to polish up for printing
  • automatic part extraction and transposition; advanced transposition: transpose a selected passage to any key, or by any interval — or even transpose diatonically within the same key
  • repeats, including segnos, codas, measure repeats, advanced repeats
  • dynamics, articulations and other expression markings
  • playback support for almost all notation elements
  • custom text markings
  • style rules that apply to the whole score at once
  • lyrics
  • chord symbols
  • Jazz notation, including lead sheets and slash notation
  • swing and shuffle playback
  • integrated sequencer and two software synthesisers (FluidSynth for SF2/SF3, Zerberus for SFZ), which also can use third-party soundfonts
  • mixer for instrument levels and effects
  • mixing and panning for individual parts
  • percussion notation
  • early music notation
  • cross-staff beaming
  • import of graphics
  • custom key signatures
  • additive time signatures
  • user-defined score styles
  • and much more…

Choir features:

  • powerful lyrics copy and paste tools
  • implode/explode: combine up to four voices on one staff, then separate to individual staves
  • hide empty vocal staves, such as in a piano intro
  • figured bass for historical notation
  • smart lyrics: unlimited verses, with notes and staves automatically spaced, and verse numbers automatically aligned
  • voice leading checker: download the Check Harmony Rules proofreading plugin to check for errors in your part writing, according to standard rules
  • part mixer: mute, solo, or change volume of staves to learn individual lines — settings even apply to MP3 export

Piano features:

  • support for solo + piano (add small staff with different instrument)
  • support for cadenzas (smaller notes and variable length measures)
  • complete notation: pedaling, fingering, cross-staff beaming — you name it; everything needed to write piano sheet music is here

Guitar features:

  • bends, fingerings, and other common guitar notations supported
  • add/remove linked staves any time; enter notes on either standard (pitched five-line) or TAB staff
  • percussion/drumset also included
  • templates include guitar, tablature, guitar+tablature, rock/pop band
  • complete tablature: multiple tab styles available — from note symbols outside the staff to upside-down strings — and linked standard/tab staff pairs
  • Guitar Pro import: MuseScore can now open files from Guitar Pro, so you can easily migrate over. Import filters are improving with every release; GP3, GP4, GP5, GP6, GTP, GPX are currently supported.
  • Fretboard diagrams: 21 default chords for every key, and a powerful editor to create your own — with barre, fret position, and any number of strings
  • beyond guitar: banjo, mandolin, ukulele, oud; custom string tunings; even historical lute tablature: MuseScore does them all.

Orchestral features:

  • templates for common instrumentations
  • custom linked parts (e.g. create choral score from orchestra+chorus): any change you make to the content of any part is immediately reflected in the full score — and vice versa
  • powerful style controls: edit the formatting of parts and score independently — or apply the same style to all parts with one click
  • one-click transposition: instantly switch between transposed and concert pitch: sounding pitches stay the same while the written notes change

Jazz features:

  • templates for Jazz Lead Sheet, Big Band and Jazz Combo
  • real “handwritten” Book-style jazz font for text and chord symbols
  • formatting tools include adding line breaks every X measures
  • instantly switch between transposed and concert pitch
  • intelligent chord symbol: chord names are automatically formatted when you finish typing — plus, they transpose with the notes
  • easy slashes: commands to fill bars with slashes — and to turn notes into rhythmic slashes, and even accent notation above the staff

Marching ensembles features (needs the MDL extension):

  • marching band, indoor percussion, front ensemble, drumline and drum corps (even G bugles); no setup or configuration — select a template, start writing

Band features:

  • diverse templates: concert band, brass band, marching band, battery and pit percussion — ready out-of-the-box (plus big band for jazz)
  • custom linked parts: you can even keep a drumline score linked to a full marching band score and to individual percussion parts

Most elements in MuseScore are laid out automatically on a “virtual note sheet”, with a near professional-quality layout engine, but can also be positioned manually, giving you total control of every score element’s position. The capabilities of MuseScore can be extended via plugins and extensions, and the growing repository on musescore.org contains many plugins submitted by users and an active development team.

MuseScore includes a set of sounds that reproduce common instruments (as defined by General MIDI) without taking up a lot of disk space or memory providing full orchestral and band sounds (with the Drumline extension installed this includes marching percussion). The general (non-Drumline) sound font is available as musescore-general-soundfont Debian package, if you wish to reuse it with other synthesisers.) You can also load any sound font you prefer for a wider variety of sounds or for more realism.

MuseScore can import and export MIDI and MusicXML files, and it can also import from Capella and several other programs. MuseScore can export to PDF, PNG, and other graphic formats, to WAV and other audio formats such as OGG Vorbis and MP3, or to GNU Lilypond for an alternative layout and print option.

MuseScore can upload scores to musescore.com, a score sharing site, and send scrolling sheet music videos to YouTube. In addition to the desktop software, you can rehearse “on the go” with MuseScore mobile apps (which do not support note entry, but many advanced playback functions). Note that all of these are commercial or otherwise non-free offers optionally integrated with, but not part of, the Free notation program. Scrolling video scores feature the notes highlighted in the score as they sound — and highlighted on a virtual piano keyboard below.

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Nted
Musical score editor
Maintainer: Gilles Filippini
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NtEd is a GTK+ score editor. It intends to be really WYSIWYG: what you see on the screen is exactly what you get on printer output. It supports up to 4 voices per staff, drum notes, 5 lyrics lines, N-Tuplets, context changes, repeats with alternatives, configurable music instruments per staff, MIDI / MusicXML import, PS / PDF / SVG / PNG / Lilypond / MIDI export. Scores can be played through the ALSA sequencer.

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Pianobooster
Learn the piano just by playing a game
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A MIDI file player/game that displays the musical notes AND teaches you how to play the piano.

PianoBooster is a fun way of playing along with a musical accompaniment and at the same time learning the basics of reading musical notation. The difference between playing along to a CD or a standard MIDI file is that PianoBooster listens and reacts to what you are playing on a MIDI keyboard.

To run Piano Booster you need a MIDI Piano Keyboard and a MIDI interface for the PC. If you don't have a MIDI keyboard you can still try out PianoBooster, using the PC keyboard ('x' is middle C), but a MIDI piano is really recommended.

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Qsynth
fluidsynth MIDI sound synthesiser front-end
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QSynth is a fluidsynth GUI front-end application written in C++ around the Qt 4 toolkit. Eventually it may evolve into a softsynth management application allowing the user to control and manage a variety of command line softsynths but for the moment it wraps FluidSynth (http://www.fluidsynth.org).

FluidSynth is a command line software synthesiser based on the Soundfont specification.

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Rosegarden
music editor and MIDI/audio sequencer
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Rosegarden is a Qt application which provides a mixed Audio/MIDI sequencer (for playback and recording), a multi-track editor, music editing using both piano-roll and score notation, MIDI file IO, lilypond and Csound files export, etc.

Solfege
Ear training software
Maintainer: Francois Mazen
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GNU Solfege is an ear training program for X Windows written in Python, using the GTK+ 3.0 libraries. You can practice harmonic and melodic intervals, chords, scales and rhythms, and you can add new exercises using a simple plain text file format.

Ear training is a big subject with many connections to music theory and performance of music.

To use this software, you need some basic knowledge about music theory.

The package is enhanced by the following packages: mma
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Swh-plugins
Steve Harris's LADSPA plugins
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Steve Harris has written a large number of plugins for LADSPA compatible hosts (e.g. GLAME, Sweep and ecasound). The plugins available are:

amp, fast overdrive, overdrive (with colourisation), comb filter, waveshaper, ringmod, divider, diode, decliper, pitch scaler, 16 band equaliser, sinus wavewrapper, hermes filter, chorus, flanger, decimater, oscillator, gverb, phasers, harmonic generators, surround encoders and more.

Terminatorx
realtime audio synthesizer
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terminatorX is a realtime audio synthesizer that allows you to "scratch" on digitally sampled audio data (.wav, .au, *.mp3, etc.) the way hiphop-DJs scratch on vinyl records. It features multiple turntables, realtime effects (built-in as well as LADSPA plugin effects), a sequencer and an easy-to-use GTK+ GUI.

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Timgm6mb-soundfont
TimGM6mb SoundFont from MuseScore 1.3
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This is a small but complete GM SoundFont, originally packaged with MuseScore 1.3, but dropped from MuseScore 2.0.

This package will be installed into /usr/share/sounds/sf2/.

Tuxguitar
Multitrack guitar tablature editor and player (gp3 to gp5)
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TuxGuitar is a multitrack Guitar tablature editor and player. It can open GP3, GP4, and GP5 files and exports in MIDI and PDF.

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Festival
General multi-lingual speech synthesis system
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Festival offers a full text to speech system with various APIs, as well an environment for development and research of speech synthesis techniques. It includes a Scheme-based command interpreter.

Besides research into speech synthesis, festival is useful as a stand-alone speech synthesis program. It is capable of producing clearly understandable speech from text.

Lilypond
program for typesetting sheet music
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LilyPond is a music typesetter, an automated engraving system. It produces beautiful sheet music using a high level description file as input.

LilyPond supports many forms of music notation constructs, including chord names, drum notation, figured bass, grace notes, guitar tablature, modern notation (cluster notation and rhythmic grouping), tremolos, (nested) tuplets in arbitrary ratios, and more.

LilyPond's text-based music input language support can integrate into LaTeX, HTML and Texinfo seamlessly, allowing single sheet music or musicological treatises to be written from a single source. Form and content are separate, and with LilyPond's expert automated formatting, users don't need typographical expertise to produce good notation.

LilyPond produces PDF, PostScript, SVG, or TeX printed output, as well as MIDI for listening pleasures. LilyPond is exported from the RoseGarden and NoteEdit GUIs, and can import ABC, ETF and MIDI.

LilyPond is part of the GNU Project.

 Authors: Han-Wen Nienhuys <hanwen@cs.uu.nl>
          Jan Nieuwenhuizen <janneke@gnu.org>
The package is enhanced by the following packages: frescobaldi python-ly python3-ly
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