Developers have released version 2.1 of the digital music composition software and audio sequencer MusE, an open source software package for Linux that functions as a feature rich digital audio workstation. Traditionally such devices are referred to as "sequencers", as they combine audio signals from various sources into a correctly timed sequence of sound output.
The latest version brings native VST (Virtual Studio Technology) support, a new type of drum track, and improvements in the Wave Editor and the midi import and export functions. See the news page for a complete list of changes.
MusE includes functions for recording and editing audio. It has a mixer, represented in an integrated graphical user interface, that enables mixing of MIDI and audio signals. A flexible piano roll interface allows you to view several parts of a song simultaneously. A drum editor provides suitable functions for creating percussive patterns.
MusE supports LADSPA, Jack, and ALSA. LADSPA stands for Linux Audio Developer's Simple Plugin and provides a standard for packaging audio processors and effects into a plugin library that can be used from any sequencer that supports this standard. Jack is a system for routing the audio output between programs that support this standard, and ALSA, the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture, provides soundcard drivers to enable audio and MIDI functionality.
Since version 2.0, MusE is completely implemented in the Qt4 architecture. These screenshots show the new look of the user interface.
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