The Sweet Sound of Linux

By Eric Foster-Johnson, ITworld |  Opinion

Linux offers enthusiasts and professionals alike a lot of music
software options. From editors to sequencers, Linux's variety of tools
are giving Windows and MacOS users some competition

Brahms, named after the composer, is a professional music editor and
sequencer for Linux. The stated project goal is to match what CuBase
provides for Windows and MacOS users for Linux. Brahms's KDE interface,
which you can see at
http://brahms.sourceforge.net/SFBrahms/screenshots.html, is packed with
features but still sports a professional look. Brahms can be downloaded
from http://brahms.sourceforge.net/SFBrahms/download.html and more
information awaits at http://brahms.sourceforge.net.

Other Linux music programs include notation programs such as Common
Music Notation (CMN), LilyPond, and GUIDO. CMN (http://www-
ccrma.stanford.edu/software/cmn) runs on top of a Common LISP system on
Linux, MacOS, SGI Irix, or NeXTStep systems. The GNU LilyPond package
(http://lilypond.org/development) produces sheet music from simple text
input. GUIDO's (http://www.informatik.th-darmstadt.de/AFS/CM/GUIDO)
music notation system is based on a simple open format.

For editing music, NoteEditor has a nice-looking user interface and
supports several music features. NoteEditor can be found at
http://rnvs.informatik.tu-chemnitz.de/~jan/noteedit/noteedit.html.

A long listing of Linux music software resides at
http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/linux and at
http://www.bright.net/~dlphilp/linuxsound. As you will see, Linux has
amassed quite a lot of packages to throw up against the other operating
systems.

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