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Beast is a powerful music composition and modular synthesis application. It offers multiple input methods like multitrack, piano roll, and pattern editing and supports skins. On the technical side, it has a wide range of abilities like sequencing, unlimited undo/redo history, real-time synthesis with multiprocessor support, full duplex 32-bit audio rendering, precise timing down to sample granularity, on demand loading of partial wave files, on the fly decoding of various sample formats, aliasing free oscillators, and full Scheme scripting support.


Recent releases

  •  28 Mar 2013 18:59

    Release Notes: Although this release adds no new features, it contains many internal improvements and infrastructure updates. The Rapicorn library (13.0.0) is now used, and is required to build Beast. Beast now makes use of C++11 and STL threads. Improved performance is achieved through EventFD, Spinlocks, lambdas, etc. This release also contains many code cleanups, documentation updates, and licensing cleanups.

    •  25 Oct 2012 01:37

      Release Notes: This is largely a bugfix release that improves stability and interoperation with system libraries.

      •  11 Apr 2011 12:43

        Release Notes: The project was renamed to Better Audio System / Better Sound Engine. Performance improvements and fixes were made for the test suite. Performance for playback was improved. XRUNs were fixed in the ALSA driver on 64-bit systems. Translation updates were made.

        •  15 Sep 2010 14:02

          Release Notes: A multisample creation/editing command line tool ("bsewave") and a sample based acoustic drumkit were added. A few new synthesis instruments have also been included. This release also includes various bug fixes, improvements, and better test coverage. Support was added for recent compilers (gcc-4.4), automake-1.10, and guile-1.8. Some plugins were relicensed under LGPL. The error bell can now be muted in the beast preferences dialog. Many translations have been updated. Support was added for loading 32bit and 24bit PCM-format WAV files.

          •  28 Dec 2006 01:17

            Release Notes: This release fixes an important SUID vulnerability, and introduces new features like different musical tunings. It also has new and extended modules (BseQuantizer) and a lot of stability and documentation fixes.


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