buzztard 0.6.0

buzztard project aims to provide a free replacement (or clone) of the currently windows only and closed source software Buzz.
buzztard project aims to provide a free replacement (or clone) of the currently windows only and closed source software Buzz. The buzz software is not really further developed, as the main developer has lost his source code.

We want to provide a music production environment, that is based on a very modular approach (following some of the ideas behind buzz), to allow many people to get involved. We hope that our software will have a better usabillity than buzz has although. We don't want to make this a 1:1 copy though.

The buzztard project itself has no direct link to buzz (apart from concepts). To allow migration for buzz users, we will provide song-file import and buzz-machine reuse.

The project's objective is a music application. If you've used programs like FastTracker or the original AMIGA SoundTracker, that will give you an idea. The buzztard editor uses a similiar concept, where a song consists of a sequence with tracks and in each track one uses patterns with events (musical notes and control changes). In contrast to the Tracker programs, tracks are not simply sample players. A song has a setup where one can arrange virtual audio plugins and link them together. Each of these machines can be controlled realtime or via patterns in the sequencer.

The buzztard editor will be just one possible application of the framework we will implement. Tools like a dj mixing application or a live session composer are other things that could be built using this framework.

The main goal is to get as far as buzz now is. Beyond that, we have thousands of ideas to make to improve the usability and production potential of such software. Buzztard should not be just a clone of buzz. It shall live beyond! Yay!

last updated on:
December 26th, 2011, 11:50 GMT
price:
FREE!
developed by:
Stefan Kost
license type:
LGPL (GNU Lesser General Public License) 
category:
ROOT \ Multimedia \ Audio

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What's New in This Release:
  • The main feature of this release is full undo/redo support and journaling of the edit action and crash recovery. This way, chances of losing changes are quite low.
  • Other UI improvements are: tip of the day, an improved spectrum analyzer, clipboard support, more commands in context menus, and many more.
  • This release features a gstreamer decoder that enables playback of buzztard songs in any gstreamer based media player.
  • The libraries and the applications have performance improvements and code cleanups.
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