Debian Multimedia Project
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Midi
MIDI related packages

This metapackage will install packages useful for MIDI, including trackers, MIDI synths and virtual keyboards.

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Debian Multimedia Midi packages

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A2jmidid
Daemon for exposing legacy ALSA MIDI in JACK MIDI systems
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Main goal of this project is to ease usage of legacy, not JACK-ified apps, in a JACK MIDI enabled system. a2jmidid is a daemon that implements automatic bridging. For every ALSA sequencer port you get one JACK MIDI port. If ALSA sequencer port is both one input and one output, you get two JACK MIDI ports, one input and one output.

Abcmidi
converter from ABC to MIDI format and back
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This package contains the programs abc2midi' andmidi2abc', which convert from the abc musical notation format to standard MIDI format and vice-versa. They can generate accompaniment from guitar chords in the abc file, as well as insert various MIDI events; the MIDI-to-abc translation tries to figure out bars, triplets and accidentals on its own.

The package also contains abc2abc' (an abc prettyprinter/transposer),mftext' (a program that dumps a MIDI file as text), and `midicopy' (a program that extracts specific tracks, channels or time intervals from a MIDI file).

The package also contains Yet another ABC to PostScript converter (yaps) which translates tunes written in the ABC format to PostScript, which can then be viewed on screen or printed. It is essentially a (non-exclusive) alternative to abc2ps, being based on the abc2ps PostScript code together with the ABC parser from the abcmidi package.

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Beast
music synthesis and composition framework
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BEAST/BSE is a plugin-based graphical system where you can link objects to each other and generate sound.

BEAST also has support for scriptability in Scheme using Guile.

The package is enhanced by the following packages: bse-alsa
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Fluid-soundfont-gm
Fluid (R3) General MIDI SoundFont (GM)
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This is a GM SoundFont, for use with any modern MIDI synthesiser: hardware (like the emu10k1 sound card), or software (like FluidSynth).

This package provides the larger GM sound set, without the Roland Sound Canvas extensions.

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.

Giada
Hardcore Loop Machine
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free, minimal, hardcore audio tool for DJs, live performers and electronic musicians. Pick up your channel, fill it with samples or MIDI events and start the show by using this tiny piece of software as a loop machine, drum machine, sequencer, live sampler or yet as a plugin/effect host.

Giada aims to be a compact and portable virtual device for production use and live sets.

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Gmidimonitor
GTK+ application that shows MIDI events
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GMIDImonitor is GTK+ application that shows MIDI events.

You need to connect desired source of MIDI events to gmidimonitor input using some kind of patchbay like qjackctl, patchage. For restoring connections (not connecting every time) you can use LASH.

Goattracker
C64 music editor
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This is a crossplatform C64 music editor. Supports emulated output via Dag Lem's reSID engine, the HardSID soundcard or CatWeasel MK3.

It supports emulated output via the software reSID engine, the HardSID soundcard, or the Catweasel (MK3/MK4) controller card, and produces songs in its own format (*.SNG). The program can also export tunes in SID format, BIN format, or Commodore PRG format for inclusion on a floppy you can stick into a 1541/1571/1581 drive.

Like most tracker programs, the program is able to import instrument files, create and modify track patterns, set the order of playback of patterns and change details of the song such as the title and author. If you are familiar with tracker-like programs, then GoatTracker will feel like a simple version of those, though with differences attributable to the hardware. People new to composing in general should look up other information on composing on the C64.

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Gsequencer
Advanced Gtk+ Sequencer audio processing engine
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Advanced GTK+ Sequencer is intended to be used for music composition. It features a piano roll, as well as a synth, matrix editor, drum machine, soundfont2 player, mixer and an output panel. It’s designed to be highly configurable. You may add effects to its effect chain; and add or remove audio channels/pads. You may set up a fully functional network of engines, thus there is a link editor for linking audio lines.

Jack-keyboard
Virtual MIDI keyboard for JACK MIDI
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JACK keyboard is a program that allows you to send JACK MIDI events (play ;-) using your PC keyboard. It's somewhat similar to vkeybd, except it uses JACK MIDI instead of ALSA, and the default keyboard mapping is much better - it uses the same layout as trackers (like Impulse Tracker) did, so you have two and half octaves under your fingers.

Jack-midi-clock
JACK client that sends MIDI beat clock pulses
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A simple and robust command-line tool to send MIDI beat clock that accurately follows JACK Transport.

It also features an instumentation tool to parse and dump incoming MCLK messages.

Kmetronome
ALSA MIDI Metronome
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KMetronome is a MIDI based metronome using the ALSA sequencer.

The intended audience are musicians and music students. Like the solid, real metronomes it is a tool to keep the rhythm while playing musical instruments.

It uses MIDI for sound generation instead of digital audio, allowing low CPU usage and very accurate timing thanks to the ALSA sequencer

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Midicsv
translate MIDI file to CSV
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Midicsv reads a standard MIDI file and decodes it into a CSV (Comma-Separated Value) file which preserves all the information in the MIDI file. The ASCII CSV file may be loaded into a spreadsheet or database application, or processed by a program to transform the MIDI data (for example, to key transpose a composition or extract a track from a multi-track sequence). A CSV file in the format created by midicsv may be converted back into a standard MIDI file with the csvmidi program.

Midisnoop
MIDI monitor and prober
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Can be used to monitor a MIDI device and/or software, and to send MIDI messages to a MIDI port to see how the device/software responds.

Support both ALSA and JACK MIDI ports via the RtMidi library.

Milkytracker
music creation tool inspired by Fast Tracker 2
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This is an editor for "tracked" music, i.e. audio samples of instruments pitch shifted according to the note data.

It can load the following module formats: 669, AMS, AMF, DBM, CBA, DIGI, DSM, FAR, GMC, GDM, IMF, IT, MOD, MDL, MTM, MXM, OKT, PLM, PSM, PTM, S3M, STM, ULT, UNI, and X.

Export is possible into the formats: XM, MOD, and WAV.

Supported sample and instrument formats: WAV, IFF/XI, PAT

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Mma
Musical MIDI Accompaniment Generator
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“MMA—Musical MIDI Accompaniment” is an accompaniment generator. It creates MIDI tracks for a soloist to perform over from a user-supplied file containing chords and MMA directives.

MMA is very versatile and generates excellent tracks. It comes with an extensive user-extendable library with a variety of patterns for various popular rhythms, detailed user manuals, and several demo songs.

MMA is a command-line driven program. It creates MIDI files which are then played by a sequencer or MIDI file play program.

Petri-foo
MIDI controllable audio sampler - successor of specimen
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A simple but very useful midi controlled sampler for ALSA/JACK featuring:

  • 64 notes of polyphony, spread across up to 64 patches.
  • fast, high quality pitch scaling, linear ADSR volume envelopes.
  • low pass filter with resonance; a variety of direction-independent.
  • playback modes and zoomable sample editor for loop and play points.

Petri-Foo is a fork of the Specimen Sampler project.

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Pmidi
command line midi player for ALSA
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ALSA is an effort to create a modules sound system for Linux, while maintaining full compatibility with OSS/Lite.

This program works with latest ALSA 1.0 drivers and former 0.9 versions.

This is a straightforward command line program to play midi files through the ALSA sequencer.

As you can specify the client and port to connect to on the command line it is also useful for testing ALSA or clients that need to receive sequencer events.

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Qmidiarp
MIDI arpeggiator for ALSA
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QMidiArp is an advanced MIDI arpeggiator, programmable step sequencer and LFO for the ALSA sequencer. It can hold any number of arpeggiator, sequencer, or LFO modules running in parallel.

Arpeggiator modules produce sequences depending on the notes sent to their input port, which is typically connected to a keyboard or another sequencer.

Step sequencer modules allow one to create simple linear, monophonic and globally transposable sequences similar to the first analog sequencers.

MIDI LFO modules independently produce MIDI controller data of adjustable waveform, time resolution, amplitude and duration.

For each module, an input note filter is available, and the output port and channel can be set independently. Since the modules use a common sequencer queue, they are automatically in sync with each other. QMidiArp works with an internal tick resolution of 192 ticks per beat. The queue can be synchronized to an incoming MIDI realtime clock or as a JACK transport client. Most of the relevant control elements are accessible via MIDI controller through a MIDI-learn infrastructure. QMidiArp also has a log tool displaying the history of incoming MIDI events in colors depending on their type. QMidiArp is based on the Qt4 toolkit

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Qmidinet
MIDI Network Gateway via UDP/IP Multicast
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QmidiNet is a MIDI network gateway application that sends and receives MIDI data (ALSA Sequencer) over the network, using UDP/IP multicast. It was inspired by multimidicast (http://llg.cubic.org/tools) and designed to be compatible with ipMIDI for Windows (http://nerds.de).

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Qmidiroute
MIDI event router and filter
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MIDI note, control change,program change and pitch bend events are logged, and can be filtered, redirected and transformed into other events according to MIDI maps defined as tabs in the main control surface.

You can copy midi MAPS into new tabs using the 'Clone MIDI map' button. All MIDI maps can be saved in a .qma text file.

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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Qtractor
MIDI/Audio multi-track sequencer application
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This is a MIDI/Audio multi-track sequencer application written in C++.

The Jack Audio Connection Kit (JACK) for audio, and the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) for MIDI, are the main infrastructures to evolve as a fairly-featured Linux Desktop Audio Workstation GUI, especially dedicated to the personal home-studio.

Qxgedit
MIDI System Exclusive files editor
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qxgedit is a Qt GUI for editing MIDI System Exclusive files for XG devices (eg. Yamaha DB50XG)

Rumor
Realtime MIDI keyboard to Lilypond converter
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Program for transcripting simple music played on (MIDI) keyboard to Lilypond text notation. It receives MIDI events, quantizes them according to its metronome on the fly and outputs handwritten-like corresponding Lilypond notation. Tempo, meter, key and other parameters can be set via command-line options.

Seq24
Real time MIDI sequencer
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Seq24 was created to provide a very simple interface for editing and playing midi 'loops'. It is a very minimal sequencer that excludes the bloated features of the large software sequencers and includes a small subset that proved to be useful for live performances.

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Showq
MIDI controllable audio player
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Application that can play audio cues and trigger MIDI events primarily developed for theatre productions.

Features:

  • 8 channels per_cue routing.
  • Playback through ALSA or JACK.
  • Load/Save cue list.
  • Hot key for any cue.
  • Application controllable by MIDI.
Vkeybd
Virtual MIDI Keyboard
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This program allows you to use the Linux AWE32 driver, OSS MIDI sequencer, or ALSA MIDI sequencer and provides "virtual" keyboard (the musical type), which can be "played" using the keyboard or mouse under X11.

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Yoshimi
software synthesizer originally based on ZynAddSubFX2
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Yoshimi is a software synthesizer for GNU/Linux, based on ZynAddSubFX 2.4.0.

Yoshimi maintains sound and instrument compatibility but now has extended features and accessibility.

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Alsa-utils
Utilities for configuring and using ALSA
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Included tools:

  • alsactl: advanced controls for ALSA sound drivers
  • alsaloop: create loopbacks between PCM capture and playback devices
  • alsamixer: curses mixer
  • alsaucm: alsa use case manager
  • amixer: command line mixer
  • amidi: read from and write to ALSA RawMIDI ports
  • aplay, arecord: command line playback and recording
  • aplaymidi, arecordmidi: command line MIDI playback and recording
  • aconnect, aseqnet, aseqdump: command line MIDI sequencer control
  • iecset: set or dump IEC958 status bits
  • speaker-test: speaker test tone generator

ALSA is the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture.

Aubio-tools
library for audio segmentation -- utilities
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aubio gathers a set of functions for audio signal segmentation and labelling. The library contains a phase vocoder, onset and pitch detection functions, a beat tracking algorithm and other sound processing utilities.

This package provides command line tools to run the different algorithms.

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Dsmidiwifi
DSMI over WLAN server
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Server component for a DSMI (Nintendo® DS MIDI) over WLAN connection, also often used by Android and iPhone applications. Bridges between UDP broadcast packets and an offered ALSA MIDI port.

Kmidimon
MIDI monitor using ALSA sequencer and KDE user interface
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KMidimon can monitor a MIDI data stream, in order to diagnose a malfunctioning piece of equipment or to examine the contents of a MIDI sequence during playback.

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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MIDI router and processor based on Python
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mididings is a MIDI router and processor based on Python, supporting ALSA and JACK MIDI.

This package contains the mididings and livedings applications.

Muse
Qt-based audio/MIDI sequencer
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MusE is a MIDI/audio sequencer with recording and editing capabilities. Some Highlights:

  • Standard midifile (smf) import-/export.
  • Organizes songs in tracks and parts which you can arrange with the part editor.
  • MIDI editors: pianoroll, drum, list, controller.
  • Score editor with high quality postscript printer output.
  • Realtime: editing while playing.
  • Unlimited number of open editors.
  • Unlimited undo/redo.
  • Realtime and step-recording.
  • Multiple MIDI devices.
  • Unlimited number of tracks.
  • Sync to external devices: MTC/MMC, Midi Clock, Master/Slave.
  • Audio tracks, LADSPA host for master effects.
  • Multithreaded.
  • Uses raw MIDI devices.
  • XML project file.
  • Project file contains complete app state (session data).
  • Application spanning Cut/Paste Drag/Drop.
Playmidi
MIDI player
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Playmidi is a MIDI file player that will play back using FM, GUS, SoundBlaster or external MIDI. It also supports Creative Music Files (CMF), Microsoft RIFF (RMI) files and large MIDI archives from games such as Ultima 7.

The player may be used with a text interface or a graphical interface.

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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.

Schism
ImpulseTracker clone aiming at providing the same look&feel
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This is an editor for "tracked" music, i.e. audio samples of instruments pitch shifted according to the note data.

The Impulse Tracker is one of the most popular "tracker" programs at present, and Schism Tracker attempts to follow their UI layout wherever possible in order to make it easy for existing users to switch.

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Sfarkxtc
Converts soundfonts from legacy sfArk v2 file format to sf2
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This very small command line tool converts legacy sfArk files into the SoundFont 2 format.

It is based on the library sfarklib, which unfortunately only supports sfArk V2+ files.

Swami
MIDI instrument editor application
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Swami (Sampled Waveforms And Musical Instruments) is an application for editing and managing MIDI instruments, such as SoundFont files. A programming API is also provided for integration with other applications.

Vmpk
Virtual MIDI Piano Keyboard
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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.

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Openoctave - wnpp
MIDI and audio sequencer and musical notation editor
License: GPL-2+
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Open Octave Midi (OOMIDI) is a fork of Rosegarden 1.7.3, concentrating on Midi matrix, event, and matrix percussion editing, and the development of keystroke and mouse based workflow with Jackmidi intended as it's port device base for predominately orchestral composers and writers.

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Non-sequencer
live pattern based MIDI sequencer
License: GPL-2+

The Non DAW Studio is a modular system composed of four main parts consisting of the Non Timeline, the Non Mixer, the Non Sequencer, and the Non Session Manager.

The Non DAW Studio is a complete studio that is fast and light enough to run on low-end hardware.

This is the Non Sequencer package.

No known packages available but some record of interest (WNPP bug)

Grandorgue - wnpp
Virtual Pipe Organ Software
License: GPL
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GrandOrgue is a sample based pipe organ simulator. When connected to MIDI keyboards and an audio system, it can accurately simulate the sound of a real pipe organ.

Jack-smf-utils - wnpp
two jack utilities for playing & recording midi
License: BSD
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This package provides a set of two utilities: jack-smf-player and jack-smf-recorder. The purpose of these packages is to play and record MIDI streams from/to Standard MIDI Files (i.e. the files with .mid extension) using JACK MIDI.

Linuxband - wnpp
GUI front-end for MMA (Musical MIDI Accompaniment)
License: GPL-2+
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LinuxBand is a GUI front-end for MMA (Musical MIDI Accompaniment). Type in the chords, choose the groove and LinuxBand will play a musical accompaniment for you.

It’s an open source alternative to Band-in-a-Box featuring:

  • Easy to use graphical interface
  • Open and well-documented data format
  • Output to JACK Midi to facilitate co-operation with other audio

    applications

Machina - wnpp
polyphonic MIDI sequencer based on finite-state automata
License: GPL
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Machina is probabilistic (i.e. very small machines can produce interesting non-repetitive output) but also capable of deterministically representing any piece of “discrete note music” - or anything in between. There is also experimental support for evolving machines (using a Genetic Algorithm) to play similar (but not identical) music to an existing piece (from a MIDI file or real-time MIDI instrument input).

Superboucle - wnpp
Loop based software fully controllable with any midi device
License: GPL 3
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SuperBoucle is a loop based software fully controllable with any midi device. SuperBoucle is also synced with jack transport. You can use it on live performance or for composition.

SuperBoucle is composed of a matrix of sample controllable with external midi device like pad. SuperBoucle will send back information to midi device (light up led). Sample will always start and stop on a beat or group of beats. You can adjust duration of sample (loop period) in beat and offset in beat. But you can also adjust sample offset in raw frame count negative or positive. Which mean sample can start before next beat (useful for reversed sample). You can record loop of any size, adjust BPM, reverse, and normalize samples.

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