midi

MIDI Controller

A MIDI controller is any device that sends out MIDI data to control another MIDI device or program. Some MIDI controllers are also capable of recieving MIDI data. Two examples of a MIDI controller would be a MIDI keyboard which can be used to control softsynths/external hardware synths or a MIDI DAW controller used to control fader/pan levels in your DAW as well as other things such as plugin parameters.

Calf Plugins

Calf Plugins

Calf plugins are a complete plugin suite, in the LV2 plugin format, that cover all your basic processing needs. From processors like EQ's and compressors to effects like reverb and delay, it covers all you need to get mixing. It also includes a number of virtual instruments. The suite currently consists of 45 plugins.

LMMS

LMMS

LMMS (Linux MultiMedia Studio) is a MIDI sequencer, aimed at producing electronic music. It comes with it's own built in virtual instruments but also has support for third party plugins.

Carla

Carla

Carla is a plugin host that has extensive support for plugin formats. It can be used as a standalone program for live use but can also be incoporated into modular recording set ups, and includes a built in graphical patchbay . As well as plugins, Carla can also load up GIG, SF2 and SFZ sample packs.

Patchage

Patchage

Patchage is a popular graphical audio and MIDI connection manager. It allows you to visually see, and manage, all your connections on a canvas area.

Qjackctl

Qjackctl

Qjackctl is a GUI frontend for JACK that allows you to access and manage many of JACK's features. It allows you to choose your interface, settings, make connections, etc. It is very popular and is also the most fully featured front end for JACK.

ALSA

The Advanced Linux Sound Architecture is a audio framework, which is part of the Linux kernel. Both JACK and Pulse Audio use ALSA as their backend. Unless you are using a firewire device (see FFADO), it is ALSA that you will be looking at to see if your audio interface is supported. ALSA also has MIDI device support. A list of ALSA supported audio interfaces can be found on the ALSA website.

LinuxVST

LinuxVST's are VST plugins compiled specifically for Linux. Supported hosts include Ardour, Qtractor and Carla.

LV2

The LV2 plugin standard is the successor to LADSPA. LV2, which stands for LADSPA version 2, is intended to address the limitations of LADSPA. LV2 plugins can easily be extended and most LV2 plugins come with custom GUI's. Supported hosts include Ardour, Qtractor and Carla. A popular collection of LV2 plugins is the Calf plugin suite.

Rosegarden

Rosegarden

Rosegarden is a music composition and editing environment based around a MIDI sequencer that includes basic support for digital audio.

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