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Computer Music: Synthesis, Composition, and Performance Famous excellent introductory text by Charles Dodge and Thomas Jerse. hard_copy and_now_for_somethin… ,
Linux Multimedia Guide A book by Jeff Tranter, published by The O'Reilly Press Currently out of print. hard_copy and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
Notes From The Metalevel Rick Taube's excellent book on his Common Music, a must-have for all students and users. hard_copy common_music and_now_for_somethi… , ,
The Csound Book Rick Boulanger's dream come true, a thorough treatment of Csound by its community of users and developers. csound hard_copy and_now_for_some… , ,
Virtual Sound Excellent introduction to Csound. hard_copy csound and_now_for_something_rather_different , ,


Achieving Low-Latency Response Times Under Linux on-line_articles_by_dave_phillips and_now_for_something_rather_different howtos_and_faqs , ,
AGNULA/DeMuDi + Pd (Pure Data) Installation Notes instructions from Derek Holzer and friends and_now_for_something_rather_different howtos_and_faqs unmainta… , ,
Audio Processing Pipelines howtos_and_faqs soundfile_util sox , ,
Building Sounds for your Applications with SoundTracker * <> sage advice from the experts at LinuxPl… ,
Buzz Tracker On Linux mod_trackers_and_players howtos_and_faqs and_now_for_something_rather_different , ,
comp.speech Speech FAQ speech_software and_now_for_something_rather_different howtos_and_faqs , ,
Converting 78 rpm Records to Modern Media on Linux * <> a descriptive text from James Tappin and_now_for_somethin… ,
Creating Audio CDs With Linux an in-depth hands-on HOWTO on-line_articles_by_dave_phillips and_now_for_something_rather_different howtos_and_faqs , ,
Developing and Using Snd: Editing Sound Under Linux on-line_articles_by_dave_phillips snd and_now_for_something_rather_different howtos_and_faqs , , ,
Editing Audio In Linux howtos_and_faqs soundfile_util ,
How to fine-tune MPlayer and_now_for_something_rather_different howtos_and_faqs ,
L'heure de Jazz++ jazzpp and_now_for_something_rather_different howtos_and_faqs , ,
LiLAQ: Information on Linux Audio Quality The purpose of this site was to provide as much information as possible about how to get high quality sound on a Linu… , , ,
LilyPond Guide For Beginners * <> a set of introductory tutorials from Eugene Cormier lilypond music_notation_editors and_… , , ,
Linux Audio User FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) General Q: Where to ask a question ? A: There are different mailing lists. Visit Resources at linuxaudio.o…
Linux MIDI Demonstration An old guide for OSS, made obsolete by ALSA midi howtos_and_faqs and_now_for_something_rather_different , ,
Linux MIDI HOWTO Valuable advice from Phil Kerr midi howtos_and_faqs and_now_for_something_rather_different , ,
Linux MP3 HOWTO documentation from Phil Kerr mpeg_players_and_encoders and_now_for_something_rather_different howtos_and_faqs , ,
ltsb Julian Classen's guide to the Linux text-based studio project howtos_and_faqs and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
Modular synthesis with AlsaModularSynth 1.5.4 Good general overview of modular synthesis and its implementation in Dr. Matthias Nagorni's excellent synthesizer… ,
Quick Toots tutorials for users of Linux sound and MIDI software howtos_and_faqs
Radio Timeshifting How to do it with ecasound ecasound radio and_now_for_something_rather_different howtos_and_faqs , , ,
Sound HOWTO howtos_and_faqs
Sound Playing HOWTO howtos_and_faqs
Streaming Media With Linux in-depth article on using software for both the client and server sides on-line_articles_by_dave_phillips network_audio howtos_an… , ,
Using VST Plugins In Linux on-line_articles_by_dave_phillips vst howtos_and_faqs and_now_for_something_rather_different , , ,


Based on this mail on LAU by Nathanael Anderson Intel-HDA JACK low latency howto I've seen asked many times on the list how to get intel-hda cards working … , , ,
Linux Laptop Sound Configuration Sound setup for an HP Omnibook 4150 on-line_articles_by_dave_phillips howtos_and_faqs hardware_linux , ,
Raspberry Pi and realtime, low-latency audio The Raspberry Pi can be set up to handle realtime, low-latency audio but it requires quite some tweaking. Hence th… , , ,
Sound Card Support for Linux with Laptops howtos_and_faqs hardware_linux ,
ThinkPad 390e sound_cards_and_drivers howtos_and_faqs hardware_linux , ,
Linux sound for the ThinkPad 390e an overview from Allin Cottrell hardware_linux sound_cards_and_drivers howtos_and_faqs , ,
IBM ThinkPad 390e configuring audio and multimedia sound_cards_and_drivers howtos_and_faqs hardware_linux , ,
Using the Hammerfall HDSP on Linux howtos_and_faqs hardware_linux ,

Manuals and Other Documentation

Online Articles

5 Linux Media Players: Which is the Best Fit? network_audio and_now_for_something_rather_different on-line_articles video_software , , ,
64 Studio: Building a native 64-bit creative distribution another fine article from Daniel James on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
A Jazz Improvisation Primer * <> an excellent first guide from Marc Sabatella courseware on-line_articles and_n… , ,
A Profile of SoundTracker A look at Michael Krause's excellent music module tracker on-line_articles_by_dave_phillips on-line_articles and_now_for_something… , ,
About the MOD History and other information about making and playing music in the MOD format on-line_articles_by_dave_phillips on-line_articles and_now_for… , ,
An Analysis of Sample Rate Conversion in SoX on-line technical paper on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different sox soundfile_util , , ,
Audio Libre a PDF file of the first installment from Daniel James's new column for Linux User & Developer on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_diff… ,
Best Soundcard For DJing With Linux poll results at on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
Community-Based Recording Studios: A Look into the Future on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
Computer Music and the Linux Operating System: A Report from the Front Article (in PDF format) from the Computer Music Journal on-line_articles_by_dave_phil… , ,
Csound for Linux How it was back in 1999. on-line_articles_by_dave_phillips on-line_articles ,
Csound Journal Steven Yi and James Hearon maintain Hans's high standards on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different csound_helper , ,
Digital Rights Management & Music: A barrier to creativity? * <> Daniel James asks the question in Sou… ,
Fervent Software's Studio To Go! * <> a review from Brad Fuller on-line_articles and_now_for_so… ,
Free Music Homepage * <> a manifesto regarding music as a free commodity a la Linux and the GPL on-line_artic… ,
GNU/Linux DVD Player Review a look-see from Jon Kent on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
Inside a Luxury Synth: Creating the Linux-Powered Korg OASYS Peter Kim takes a look within on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
Introduction to Linux Audio Filippo Pappalardo spills the facts for readers of OSNews on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
Linux 2.6: A Breakthrough for Embedded Systems Brandon White gives us the low-down on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
Linux Audio Development: A Report from Karlsruhe notes from the first meeting of the Linux Audio Developers group on-line_articles_by_dave_phillips on-line_… , ,
Linux Audio Plug-Ins: A Look Into LADSPA introductory text for users and developers on-line_articles_by_dave_phillips ladspa on-line_articles and_now_for_so… , , ,
Linux Audio Software Review on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
Linux Audio Users Guide Solid information collected and organized by Patrick Shirkey. on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
Linux DVD Players A look at what's out there on-line_articles_by_dave_phillips on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different cd_software , , ,
Linux Games Reviews/listings/videos of games for linux game_things and_now_for_something_rather_different on-line_articles , ,
Linux in the Mirror Image Studios Sound on Sound profiles Ron Parker's use of Linux audio software at his Mirror Image Studios on-line_articles and_now_for_… ,
Linux Multimedia a brief survey by Sander van Vugt on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
Linux Multimedia with PD and GEM a report on using the Pd/GEM powerhouse for audio/video processing on-line_articles_by_dave_phillips puredata on-line_artic… , , ,
Linux Sound Support Jeff Trantner's report from 1994 on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
Linux Soundcard Drivers a brief guide for users and developers on-line_articles_by_dave_phillips sound_cards_and_drivers on-line_articles and_now_for_someth… , , ,
Linux User & Developer includes a series of excellent articles on Linux audio by Daniel James on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
Linux-Soundeditoren Review of Linux sound editors circa 2004 on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
Mackie Digs In with Tracktion and promises a Linux version is on the way... on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
Michael Iber: On Free Software And Contemporary Music Goetz Dipper's radio transcript from LAC 2006; text in German only on-line_articles and_now_for_someth… ,
Mplayer: The Project from Hell Joe Barr's less-than-satisfactory experience with my favorite MPEG/AVI/ASF player on-line_articles
Museum Sound Powered By Linux notes on a project from Benno Senoner “The intent of the game is to provide an ironic and entertaining demonstration of how th… ,
Music to Feed Your Soul nice article by Marcel Gagné from his Cooking With Linux column in The Linux Journal on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_d… ,
Network Musical Performance perspectives from sfront's John Lazzaro and John Wawrzynek on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
Noisy Python brief overview of some soundapps for Python on-line_articles python and_now_for_something_rather_different , ,
Notation Editors Under Linux a look at notation editors for producing sheet music (especially focused on Mup). on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_d… , ,
Open Source Music Software & The AGNULA Project very good article by Daniel James now in Sound On Sound's on-line archive on-line_articles and_now_for_somet… ,
OpenAL Explained a survey of the project's status in the year 2000 on-line_articles_by_dave_phillips openal on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_d… , , ,
Opening Up the PlayStation 2 with Linux very brief look at a new development kit from Sony on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
Porting SGI Audio Applications to Linux a report on some early work on-line_articles_by_dave_phillips on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_differen… , ,
Product Review: The CodeWeavers CrossOver Plugin a look at a remarkable plugin that brings QuickTime support to Linux on-line_articles_by_dave_phillips wine… , ,
Professional Audio Closer to Linux heads-up article on OSNews on-line_articles
Rockin' in the Free (Software) World a look at the software available for Linux guitarists on-line_articles_by_dave_phillips for_guitarists_only on-line_art… , ,
RTcmix for Linux: Part 1 Dave Topper's excellent introductory article for The Linux Journal on-line_articles
Sculptor: A Real Time Phase Vocoder Nick Bailey describes his very cool software on-line_articles
Setting Up A Multitrack Audio Recording Studio Alex Heizer describes a basic Linux home recording system on-line_articles
Snake dance: The Kamaelia streaming media system a description from Daniel James on-line_articles network_audio ,
Songs in the Key of F12 nice Wired article with reference to Geoff Matters of GDAM on-line_articles
Sound and Music Software a category review for freshmeat on-line_articles_by_dave_phillips on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different , ,
Sound And Vision: Max Matthews brief heads-up article from on-line_articles
Sound Savings: Portable Audio Recorder Takes On Tape good article regarding PDAudio from Len Moskowitz's CoreSound on-line_articles
Soundings: Explorations In Linux Sound good article by Larry Ayers for the Linux Gazette on-line_articles
Spiral Synthesis materials from Tracy Lind Petersen and_now_for_something_rather_different on-line_articles ,
The Linux Recording Studio Aaron Trumm reveals his plans in the May 2004 issue of the Linux Journal on-line_articles
The Linux Soundfile Editor Roundup on-line_articles_by_dave_phillips soundfile_util on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different , , ,
The State Of Recordable DVDs pointers from Slashdot readers on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
The Trouble with Vorbis on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different soundfile_util , ,
Tuning By Ratios temperament_and_intonation on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different , ,
Tux In The Studio instructions on home recording with Linux, from Dave Fancella on-line_articles
Which Sounds Better, MP3 or Ogg ? on-line_articles and_now_for_something_rather_different soundfile_util , ,


Der Pinguin auf dem Weg ins Tonstudio Frank Barknecht interviews Paul Davis for DeutschlandRadio (in German) and_now_for_something_rather_different intervie… ,
Interview With Dr. Richard Boulanger One the leading lights of Csound is interviewed by The Linux Gazette. interviews csound and_now_for_something_rather_di… , ,
Interview with Hannu Savolainen and Dev Mazumdar getting to know the OSS guys at 4Front Technologies on-line_articles_by_dave_phillips oss and_now_for_somet… , , ,
Interview with Iain Duncan From John Littler's Mstation, a very good report on recent developments in Csound. interviews csound and_now_for_something_rather… , ,
Interview with Steve Harris Interview with the famed LADSPA plugin developer. interviews and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
Mstation Interviews John Littler chats with Conrad Parker of Sweep fame and Erik de Castro Lopo, author of libsndfile and the Secret Rabbit Code interviews … ,
Rosegarden Developers Interview Howard Wen chats with the minds behind the software rosegarden interviews ,
Sounds Expo: Linux DAW - A Reality an interview/video with Daniel James and Damien Cirotteau at the London Sounds Expo interviews

Documentation for Developers

ALSA Programming HOWTO A guide for the perplexed howtos_and_faqs development and_now_for_something_rather_different midi_software , , ,
Driving One's Own Audio Device Write a custom (not ALSA) kernel driver. and_now_for_something_rather_different development howtos_and_faqs , ,
Introduction to OSS MIDI programming Only for the old OSS API (not ALSA). development and_now_for_something_rather_different howtos_and_faqs midi_software u… , , , ,
Ptolemy homepage for the Ptolemy Project of the DSP Design Group at UCB and_now_for_something_rather_different development dsp , ,
The PLUM Page synthesis_and_composition_packages and_now_for_something_rather_different development , ,
tranzport Docs/code for programming Frontier Design's Tranzport wireless USB device hardware_linux development and_now_for_something_rather_different , ,

Wikis, Fora, Blogs etc.


ALSA Wiki unofficial wiki about ALSA, the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture wiki and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
Audacity Wiki * <> wiki and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
LiLAQ: Information on Linux Audio Quality The purpose of this site was to provide as much information as possible about how to get high quality sound on a Linu… , , ,
Linux Artist a resource for artists (including the sonic types) using Linux wiki and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
LinuxMAO “a French-speaking wiki for worldwide Linux audio users” forum wiki and_now_for_something_rather_different , ,
Pd Wiki wiki and_now_for_something_rather_different unmaintained , , wiki-based site for “unconventional computer and electronic art” wiki and_now_for_something_rather_different ,


kvraudio site for locating VST/VSTi plugins vst and_now_for_something_rather_different forum documentation , , ,
LinuxMAO “a French-speaking wiki for worldwide Linux audio users” forum wiki and_now_for_something_rather_different , ,
LinuxMusicians forum An active community of Linux Musicians forum and_now_for_something_rather_different ,
Studio Forum - Linux support/discussion forum in Swedish and Norwegian for newcomers to Linux audio forum and_now_for_something_rather_different ,


A 'planet' aggregating linux audio-related blogs can be found at

Mailing Lists

Linux Audio Announcements a mostly one-way email list to publish announcements. * <… ,
Linux Audio Developers the infamous mailinglist: * <> - Direct link * <h… ,
Linux Audio Tuning The linux-audio tuning (LAT) mailing list is to help GNU/Linux distribution maintainers and other interested users to share information on s… ,
Linux Audio User the famous mailinglist: * <> - Direct link * <http://… ,
Linux Audio Developers the LAD list is dedicated to “discussion of topics relevant to audio under Linux, with an accent on development issues” mailing_list … ,
Linux Audio Users a mail-list for people focused on using rather than hacking Linux audio applications mailing_list and_now_for_something_rather_different ,


kvraudio site for locating VST/VSTi plugins vst and_now_for_something_rather_different forum documentation , , ,
Linux MP3 Players Project Page a guide to the hard and the soft... mpeg_players_and_encoders documentation and_now_for_something_rather_different unmaintain… , , ,
Linux Soundapps site * <*/> * <*/> …
Linux.MP3 Tools formerly DAM's MP3 Page, aims to include everything regarding MP3 + Linux, from Damien Morel mpeg_players_and_encoders documentation and_now… , ,
MP3'Tech * <> a great source for technical information on the MP3 format mpeg_players_and_encoders documentation and_now_for_somet… , ,
R-BOSS the Radio Broadcasting Open Source System, a project from Radio Free Asia network_audio and_now_for_something_rather_different documentation , ,
SLab Page an unofficial information page about SLab documentation
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