Open Sound World Related Links

The Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT)

CNMAT is "a music research, teaching, recording and performance facility" at UC Berkeley. Much of the research at CNMAT is dedicated to live interactive musical performance and focuses on problems such as real-time synthesis and control.

Real-time software synthesis

Note: this list focuses on free open-source packages, and is by no means exhaustive. Most of these packages support OpenSound Control, so you can use them as alternative front-ends for OSW's synthesis features.
  • Pd, an extensible real-time software system for live musical and multimedia performance.
  • jMax, a visual programming environment for interactive real-time music and multimedia, developed at IRCAM.
  • STK a set of audio signal processing C++ classes and instruments for music synthesis. It includes several interesting "physically-inspired" synthesis algorithms, several of which have been ported to run with OSW.
  • Csound, decended from the original series of computer-music languages called Music 1 through Music 5. In csound, users create orchestras representing instruments and scores to control them. Csound boasts a large user base, tons of extensions and several visual front-ends.
  • sfront MPEG-4 Structured Audio (SAOL) compiler, converts SAOL programs into efficient C programs that can be rendered in real time.

Sound-design tools

Again, the list here could go on and on, but here are a few interesting open-source tools to use alongside OSW:

  • Loris is an Open Source C++ class library implementing analysis, manipulation, and synthesis of digitized sounds using the Reassigned Bandwidth-Enhanced Additive Sound Model. You can import these models into OSW to use with its built-in additive-synthesis support.
  • Audacity is a cool Open Source sound-editing program that runs on all the same environments as OSW. Everyone who wants to work with computer music needs a good sound editor!

Linux Audio

Sound & MIDI Software For Linux
Dave Phillips' extensive collection of Linux audio links.
Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
ALSA provides signficantly improved audio and MIDI functionality for the Linux operating system.

Artists using OpenSoundWorld

Amar Chaudhary

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