Beast is a digital synthesizer and music creation system, released as Free Software under the GNU LGPL-2.1+. It has support for Linux Audio Plugins (LADSPA), multi-track editing, unlimited undo, real-time synthesis, MIDI and various audio formats like WAV, AIFF, Vorbis, Soundfont 2, Gus Patch, FLAC and MP3 files, 32bit audio rendering, full duplex support, multi-core audio rendering, SIMD utilisation, precise timing at sample granularity, FFT spectrograms and MIDI automation. The project is translated into a variety of languages.
Beast's core is written in C++ to yield maximum performance, especially on multi core systems. As of late, a new UI is being developed (background article) based on the latest web developments. The project is primarily developed on Linux, supporting 64-bit and 32-bit platforms. A Windows port has been started but is looking for volounteers. Contributions to support other platforms are very welcome.
Beast releases are available as source code tarballs and binary packages. The source code is licensed LGPL-2.1+, and the project uses Git for distributed source code development.
|Beast on Github:||https://github.com/tim-janik/beast|
Links to sites with instrument, patch or soundfont collections:
Beast provides reference documentation, introductions, further readings and has been covered at conferences and in a number of articles:
Help around Beast and contact to the community can be accessed in a variety of ways:
Contributions are always welcome, graphical artists, musicians, translators, programmers can all help the project, just contact the .
Financial support is also appreciated:
The Beast development source code and issue tracker are hosted at github. The Beast project is split into two components, the user interface, currently implemented in Gtk+ and the Bse library. BSE is the Beast Sound Engine, it implements all the neccessary synthesis and music processing logic needed for Beast. A new user interface version is in development, using W3C technologies based on electron.
Here is a collection of development related resources:
Sunday 6th August 2017
The new and much simpler Beast website is now live. The site uses a completely new theme, has lots of updates, is more comprehensive and loads faster. Now we also feature new material like video and instrument links.
Tuesday 27th June 2017
Beast 0.11.0 and Rapicorn 17.0.0 are released: Announcement.
The Beast 0.11 release brings a truckload of new stuff like Soundfont support thanks to Stefan Westerfeld, true multi threading for the DSP module calculations, faster startup times and a number of optimizations and bug fixes. Notably the packaging scheme has been adapted so that Beast now installs everything in its own directory under
$prefix/lib/beast-<version>/. Also new is a Beast binary package (DEB, including the Rapicorn dependency) provided together with the release taraballs to install Beast right away.