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.
Rosegarden is an easy-to-learn, attractive application that runs on Linux, ideal for composers, musicians, music students, and small studio or home recording environments.
Rosegarden is designed to be easy to use, attractive, and familiar. If you’ve some experience with other sequencer applications for other platforms, you should find it easy enough to get up and running with: even if you haven’t, it’s not hard.
This tour will quickly show a few of the things Rosegarden can do, and hopefully explain how Rosegarden can work at the center of a whole world of music composition and editing software.
Rosegarden gives you all the editing tools you need to get your ideas down as easily as possible. Start with a track-based overview, in which you just drag with the mouse to create “segments” and double-click to edit them, or right-click for more options.
It’s easy to record and mix audio clips with the rest of your composition: you can even drag-and-drop existing audio files from your desktop’s file manager straight onto the main window, and arranging audio tracks is just like arranging MIDI ones. Move, snap, resize, zoom, repeat, and let Rosegarden‘s sample-accurate audio engine do the hard work.
Rosegarden includes a powerful notation editor – essential if score is your preferred way to compose, or just to give you a different view on your work.
You can edit notation at the same time as any of the other standard editing windows, and Rosegarden unobtrusively keeps everything up-to-date for you.
Rosegarden includes synth plugin support for sample-accurate synthesis of MIDI tracks. The full audio effects plugin and mixing architecture is available for synth tracks as well, and with it you can be sure that your tracks will sound the way you intended no matter where you take them.
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