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Documentation : Manual : Included and recommended apps

NOTE: The KXStudio project is currently on a break, regular development is expected to return later in 2019. Thanks for understanding.

Listed below are recommended audio, video and productivity apps for GNU/Linux complete with a short description.

Many of these apps are, or will be, included on the KXStudio DVD. Those not included are easily installed from the repositories in most cases.

  • Amarok Feature-packed music player with support for syncing with ipods (up to 4th gen)
  • Ardour The original Linux DAW
  • Audacious Uncomplicated music player with good JACK support
  • Audacity Popular cross-platform sound editor but with poor JACK support
  • Avidemux Simple video editing and conversion tool ala Virtualdub
  • Bitwig Proprietary commercial DAW geared towards electronic music production
  • Blender 3D Powerful 3D modelling, animation, rendering and compositing
  • Cadence Controls and monitors various Linux sound systems
  • cadence-jackmeter Cadence-JackMeter is a digital peak meter for JACK
  • cadence-xycontroller Cadence-XY Controller is a simple XY widget that sends and receives data from Jack MIDI
  • Carla Audio plugin host (LADSPA, LV2, VST etc)
  • Catia Catia is a JACK Patchbay, with some neat features like A2J bridge support and JACK Transport
  • cinepaint HDR, High bit-depth movie still editor
  • Claudia Claudia is a LADISH frontend; it's just like Catia, but focused on session management through LADISH
  • darktable Virtual lighttable and darkroom
  • DeVeDe Creates DVD video and (S)VCD discs from movie files
  • DIN (Din Is Noise) Advanced fluid microtonal synthesis with drones and melodic effects, oriented toward Indian classical music
  • Dolphin The default KDE file manager
  • Firefox The original and best web browser
  • FileZilla (s)FTP client (and server)
  • GIMP GNU Image Manipulation Program - Photoshop alternative
  • gnumeric A superior spreadsheet to the one included in LibreOffice or OpenOffice
  • Guitarix JACK virtual guitar amplifier
  • gxtuner Instrument tuner
  • Handbrake Cross-platform DVD ripping and video transcoding
  • Hydrogen JACK drum machine and sequencer, note: many additional drum-kits are available by installing the package “hydrogen-drumkits”
  • IDJC Internet DJ Console is for live, web radio production. Features voip integration
  • Inkscape Leading open source vector graphics editor
  • JAmin JACK stereo audio mastering tool
  • k3b CD, DVD and BD burning
  • Kdenlive KDE video editor, similar to Sony Vegas
  • ksnapshot Take screenshots of windows or desktops
  • LibreOffice MS Office-compatible word processor, spreadsheet and presentation suite
  • LightWorks Professional, high-end video editor used in Hollywood productions (currently beta and 64-bit only)
  • Lincoder Java/mencoder based batch video conversion tool
  • Lingot Instrument tuner
  • LMMS FruityLoops-esque sequencer w/ integrated synths
  • mhwaveedit Lightweight sound editor with good JACK support
  • Mixxx DJ mixing software
  • MusE DAW with good MIDI editing features and some integrated plugins
  • Musescore Professional quality music notation and scoring
  • Mypaint Bitmap paint program that can simulate real painting techniques
  • Okular PDF and document viewer
  • Paulstretch Ambient sound generation via stretched sound recordings, extreme stretch lenghts and many controls over the sound
  • QDVDauthor DVD menu authoring
  • Qsynth Allows use of SoundFont files
  • Qsampler Allows use of sfz and gigasampler sample sets
  • Qtractor Fast, lightweight DAW
  • REAPER Powerful Windows-based DAW, officially supported under Wine
  • Recorditnow Record your desktop to a video file
  • Rakarrack JACK Guitar FX processor
  • Rosegarden MIDI sequencer with integrated notation
  • samplv1 Simple sampler available as LV2 plugin and JACK app
  • scribus Professional layout and publishing software
  • setBfree Great sounding DSP B3 Hammond organ emulator LV2 plugin
  • smplayer Excellent audio and video playback app
  • Soundkonverter batch audio file conversion
  • Sooperlooper live looping sampler
  • sunvox Advanced module tracker with integrated synths, samplers and JACK support
  • Swami SoundFont editor
  • synfig Powerful 2D vector animation software
  • TAL-Noisemaker Superb sounding, fully automatable softsynth plugin
  • Tracktion Commercial DAW with unique interface and free Linux version
  • Triceratops Triple oscillator LV2 synth
  • VLC The famous VLC media player
  • VMPK Virtual MIDI Piano Keyboard
  • Wine Wine allows most MS Windows software to run under GNU/Linux
  • XCFA Another sound conversion tool with more options than soundkonverter
  • XJadeo X JACK video monitor plays video in sync with a external time source (eg Ardour)
  • Zynaddsubfx JACK synthesizer