Music production

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Gentoo can be a good platform for music production.

See categories/media-sound for more.

Digital Audio Workstations

Name Package Description
Ardour media-sound/ardour Digital Audio Workstation.
lmms media-sound/lmms Cross-platform music production software.
qtractor media-sound/qtractor Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer written in C++ with the Qt framework.

Jack Audio Connection Kit

These utilities should help with working with JACK.

Name Package Description
cadence media-sound/cadence Collection of tools useful for audio production.
patchage media-sound/patchage Modular patch bay for JACK-based audio and MIDI systems.
qjackctl media-sound/qjackctl Qt GUI to control the JACK Audio Connection Kit and ALSA sequencer connections.


Name Package Description
denemo media-sound/denemo A music notation editor.
frescobaldi media-sound/frescobaldi A LilyPond sheet music text editor.
gnome-sound-recorder media-sound/gnome-sound-recorder Simple sound recorder.
hydrogen media-sound/hydrogen Advanced drum machine.
icecast net-misc/icecast Streaming server, opensource alternative to shoutcast that supports mp3, ogg and aac streaming.
kwave kde-apps/kwave Sound editor built on KDE Frameworks 5 that can edit many types of audio files.
lilypond media-sound/lilypond GNU Music Typesetter.
milkytracker media-sound/milkytracker FastTracker 2 inspired music tracker.
schismtracker media-sound/schismtracker Free implementation of Impulse Tracker
mhwaveedit media-sound/mhwaveedit GTK+ Sound file editor (wav, and a few others).
mixxx media-sound/mixxx Advanced Digital DJ tool based on Qt.
musescore media-sound/musescore WYSIWYG Music Score Typesetter.
rosegarden media-sound/rosegarden MIDI and audio sequencer and notation editor.
seq24 media-sound/seq24 Loop based MIDI sequencer with focus on live performances.
soundconverter media-sound/soundconverter A simple audiofile converter application for the GNOME environment.
sox media-sound/sox The swiss army knife of sound processing programs.
timidity++ media-sound/timidity++ A handy MIDI to WAV converter with OSS and ALSA output support.
guitarix media-sound/guitarix Virtual guitar amplifier for Linux with LV2 effects


See the categories/media-plugins category for more plugins.

Name Package Description
ams-lv2 media-plugins/ams-lv2 A port of the AMS internal modules to LV2 plugins to create modular synthesizers.
calf media-plugins/calf A set of open source instruments and effects for digital audio workstations.
caps-plugins media-plugins/caps-plugins The CAPS LDAP Audio Plugin Suite - good for use with electric guitar.
hexter media-plugins/hexter Yamaha DX7 modeling DSSI plugin.
ir_lv2 media-plugins/ir_lv2 LV2 convolver plugin especially for creating reverb effects.
mda-lv2 media-plugins/mda-lv2 LV2 port of the MDA plugins by Paul Kellett.
noise-repellent media-plugins/noise-repellent An lv2 plug-in for broadband noise reduction.
swh-lv2 media-plugins/swh-lv2 Large collection of LV2 audio plugins/effects.
tap-plugins media-plugins/tap-plugins Tom's audio processing (TAP) LADSPA plugins.
x42-plugins media-plugins/x42-plugins Collection of LV2 plugins
zam-plugins media-plugins/zam-plugins Collection of LV2/LADSPA/VST/JACK audio plugins for high quality processing


Name Package Description
amsynth media-sound/amsynth Virtual analogue synthesizer.
fluidsynth media-sound/fluidsynth Software real-time synthesizer based on the Soundfont 2 specifications.
helm media-sound/helm Open source polyphonic software synthesizer with lots of modulation.
qsynth media-sound/qsynth Qt application to control FluidSynth.
yoshimi media-sound/yoshimi Software synthesizer based on ZynAddSubFX.
aeolus media-sound/aeolus Synthesised pipe organ emulator
bristol media-sound/bristol Synthesizer keyboard emulation package: Moog, Hammond and others


Name Package Description
linuxsampler media-sound/linuxsampler Software audio sampler engine with professional grade features.
qsampler media-sound/qsampler Graphical frontend to the LinuxSampler engine.
sooperlooper media-sound/sooperlooper Live looping sampler with immediate loop recording

See also