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Rosegarden is an open source Digital Audio Workstation program developed for Linux with ALSA and KDE. It acts as an audio and MIDI sequencer, scorewriter and musical composition and editing tool. It is intended to be a free replacement for such applications as Cubase.
Rosegarden does not include a software synthesizer, but works with soft synthesizers such as IIWU Synth and Timidity . The most current version (Rosegarden-4 1.0) supports the DSSI soft synthesizer interface.
The current version, Rosegarden-4, is the recommended version for use and development; it requires ALSA, and only runs in a very limited manner on non-Linux systems . Rosegarden-2 is several years old and has limited features, but works stably on a wide variety of Unix-like operating systems and other platforms such as OpenVMS.
The Rosegarden project was started in 1993 at the University of Bath. Rosegarden-2.1 was released under the GPL in 1997; Rosegarden-4 began in April 2000. Version 1.0 was released on February 14, 2005.
Rosegarden's lead developers are Chris Cannam, Richard Bown and Guillaume Laurent.
- MIDI and audio playback and recording with ALSA and JACK
- Piano-roll, score, event list and track overview editors
- DSSI synth and audio effects plugin support, including Windows VST effects and instrument support via dssi-vst
- LADSPA audio effects plugin support
- JACK transport support for synchronisation with other software
- Ability to build and run without JACK, for MIDI-only use
- Score interpretation of performance MIDI data
- Shareable device (.rgd) files to ease MIDI portability
- Triggered segments for pattern sequencing & performable ornaments
- Audio and MIDI mixers
- MIDI and Hydrogen file import
- MIDI, Csound, Lilypond and MusicXML file export (including Postscript and PDF output file generation of score)
- User interface translations for Russian, Spanish, German, French, Welsh, Italian, Swedish, Estonian, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese, as well as UK and US English
- Help documentation available substantially or entirely translated into German, Swedish and Japanese as well as English
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