AGS ~ Advanced Gtk+ Sequencer


Advanced GTK+ Sequencer is intended to use for music composition. It features a piano roll, as well a synth, matrix editor, drum machine, soundfont2 player, mixer and an output panel.

It’s designed to be highly configurable, you may add effects to its effect chain, add or remove audio channels/pads.

You may set up a fully functional network of engines, therefore exists a link editor for linking audio lines.

In conjunction with ags you need a realtime kernel and alsa support. `ags` uses conditional locks to keep several threads in sync that’s why you need at least a preemptible kernel.

Features:
  • save or open Advanced Gtk+ Sequencer XML files with XPath support
  • add or remove audio engines with adjustable audio channels and pads
  • link channels with property dialog
  • output panel, mixer, drum and matrix sequencer, soft synth and audio file player
  • piano roll with basic notation editing supporting copy & paste
  • adjustable BPM
  • LADSPA, DSSI and Lv2 support
  • export to WAV, FLAC, OGG and others
  • multiple sinks like Pulseaudio, JACK, ALSA and OSS
  • automation editor
  • waveform editor with copy & paste
  • capture sound with AgsAudiorec machine
  • MIDI instrument input
  • import/export to Standard MIDI Files
  • OSC content format support
  • OSC server for remote control and monitoring

nongnu.org/gsequencer/

sourceforge.net/projects/ags/

Helio ~ Libre Music Composition


Distraction-free – Helio is an attempt to rethink a music sequencer to create a tool that feels right. It provides a lightweight UI to help you get into the zone and focus on your ideas.

Clear over clever – Visualize music in a way that doesn’t seem so smoke and mirrors. The app may serve as a learning tool you need to grow as a composer.

Cross-platform tech – Available for all major platforms, desktop and mobile. Hosts VST and AudioUnit, runs on CoreAudio, ASIO, DirectSound, ALSA, JACK and OpenSLES. Exports to MIDI, WAV and FLAC.

helios

helio.fm

gmorgan ~ Cross-platform Rhythm Station


gmorgan is a rhythm station, a modern organ with full editable accompaniment for play in real time emulating the capabilities of commercial rhythm stations “Korg”,”Roland”, “Solton” … also has a small pattern based sequencer like “Band in a Box”. Uses the capabilities of ALSA sequencer to produce MIDI accompaniment.

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gmorgan.sourceforge.net

Seq24 ~ Minimal MIDI Sequencer


Seq24 is a minimal loop based midi sequencer. It was created to provide a very simple interface for editing and playing midi ‘loops’. After searching for a software based sequencer that would provide the functionality needed for a live performance, such as the Akai MPC line, the Kawai Q80 sequencer, or the popular Alesis MMT-8, I found nothing similar in the software realm. I set out to create a very minimal sequencer that excludes the bloated features of the large software sequencers, and includes a small subset of features that I have found usable in performing.

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www.filter24.org/seq24

hypercyclic ~ LFO-driven, MIDI-mangling Arpeggiator


what is hypercyclic?

  • an LFO-driven MIDI arpeggiator, gate effect and step sequencer
  • for mangling sustained MIDI input chords
  • the output of which can then drive other MIDI instruments
  • acts either as a VST or Audio Unit plugin for your DAW, or as a standalone application
  • the original hypercyclic won 2nd place in the KVRAudio.com Developer Challenge ‘07
  • the sweet spot for hypercyclic is the narrow border between chaos and regularity. Or, in other words, how to induce a certain pleasant randomness and syncopation, yet forcing everything to align again on the bar or beat boundaries

how do you use it?

  • the main use for hypercyclic is to generate midi that can be recorded and/or sent to other plugins. However it also features a simple built-in synth for testing purposes
  • you can use two tempo-synced LFOs to modulate various parameters for creating interesting rhythmic effects and chord variations
  • a unique feature is the possibility to modulate the sequencer step size itself, which is useful for creating glitchy stuttering effects
  • another thing you can use is a groove function for playing slightly off the beat. The groove parameters can also be modulated over time by the LFOs, adding to the rhythmic variation

hypercyclic

www.mucoder.net/en/hypercyclic

Aria Maestosa ~ MIDI Editor & Sequencer


Aria Maestosa is a midi sequencer / editor. It lets you compose, edit and play midi files with a few clicks in a user-friendly interface offering score, keyboard, guitar, drum and controller views.

Aria Maestosa

sourceforge.net/projects/ariamaestosa
github.com/ariamaestosa/ariamaestosa

Giada ~ Your Hardcore Loop Machine


Giada is a free, minimal, hardcore audio tool for DJs, live performers and electronic musicians. How does it work? Just pick up your channel, fill it with samples or MIDI events and start the show by using this tiny piece of software as a loop machine, drum machine, sequencer, live sampler or yet as a plugin/effect host. Giada aims to be a compact and portable virtual device for Linux, Mac and Windows for production use and live sets.

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www.giadamusic.com

Rosegarden ~ Music Composition & Editing


Rosegarden is a music composition and editing environment based around a MIDI sequencer that features a rich understanding of music notation and includes basic support for digital audio. It’s an easy-to-learn, attractive Linux application that is ideal for composers, musicians, music students and small studios or home recording environments.

rosegarden

www.rosegardenmusic.com

Frinika ~ Complete Music Workstation


Frinika is a free, complete music workstation software for Linux, Windows, Mac OSX and other operating systems running Java. It features a sequencer, soft-synths, real-time effects and audio recording.

frinika

/www.frinika.com