Open Source Projects: 15 To Watch: Page 2

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3) Ardour
Think of this as Audacity for the professional audio engineer. In short, this is a pro-level audio editing application.

Taking this further, you might see this as your own home recording studio. Ardour comes complete with critical features such as multichannel recording, non-destructive editing, a powerful mixer, timecode synchronization, and hardware control from surfaces like the Mackie Control Universal. This is potentially the most powerful audio application to ever be released into open source to date.

One thing that seems clear is that Ardour is targeting those who are used to professional proprietary alternatives. And short of a small learning curve, this app may in fact give many of those alternatives a run for their money.

Reasons to watch this open source project: As demand for more affordable alternatives continues to surface within the ranks of budding musicians and audio engineers, Ardour will attract more interest. Yes, even ProTools is under fire from this application. Designed for OS X and Linux only.

4) DemocracyPlayer
At its most basic, Democracy Player is an Internet TV viewer. Designed to allow the end user full control over what content they would like to watch, subscribe to and set playlists to work with, DTV has only begun to reach the mainstream marketplace. And of course, having access to a “TV guide” to catch up on the newest shows certainly does wonders for adding longevity to the application.

Shows can be downloaded by free subscription thanks to the integrated podcast downloading abilities. A unique feature of Democracy Player in contrast to iTunes is its support for bittorrent hosted programming. This alone makes this a “must have” application for many users.

Reasons to watch this open source project: Advanced “episode/program” management, playlists, bittorrent support, Hi-Def support, full screen options and an easy to navigate show programming guide make this a fantastic alternative to closed source options like iTunes. Designed for OS X, Linux and Windows.

5) Jokosher
Still very young, Jokosher will provide a very nice alternative for those who are looking to go pro with their audio work, but may not yet be ready to step up to Ardour.

Where Jokosher stands out beyond other audio applications is that it provides for easy inclusion of a fantastic new GUI. This allows the ability to distinguish one track from another with the help of icons and other visual references.

Reasons to watch this open source project: Feels like Audacity with regard to simplicity, but has a full set of features and seems to be more fun to use from a visual perspective. That said, there are also reports that the ability for storing audio settings for each type of instrument in your mix will be an upcoming option for the project. I for one, am looking forward to this day. Designed for Linux only.

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