ARts

ARts

Infobox_Software
name = aRts



caption =
developer = Stefan Westerfeld
latest_release_version = 1.5.9
latest_release_date = release date and age|2008|02|19
status = inactive
operating_system = Unix-like
genre = Sound Server
license = GNU General Public License
website = [http://www.arts-project.org/ aRts] / [http://kde.org/ KDE]

aRts, which stands for analog Real time synthesizer, is an audio framework that is no longer under development. It is most famous for previously being used in KDE (series 2 and 3) to simulate an analog synthesizer.

A key component of aRts is the sound server which mixes several sound streams in realtime. The sound server, called artsd (d for daemon), is also utilized as the standard sound server for KDE2–3. However, the sound server is not dependent on KDE and can be used in other projects. It is a direct competitor to JACK Audio Connection Kit, another real-time sound server, and an indirect competitor to the Enlightened Sound Daemon (ESD). It is now common to use ALSA's software mixing instead of artsd.

The aRts platform also includes aRts Builder — an application for building custom layouts and configurations for audio mixers, sequencers, synthesizers and other audio schema via a user-friendly graphical user interface. aRts is free software, distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License.

End of project

On December 2, 2004 aRts' creator and primary developer Stefan Westerfeld announced he was leaving the project due to a variety of fundamental development and technical issues with aRts.

In KDE 4 developers choose to replace aRts with a new multimedia API known as Phonon [http://dot.kde.org/1146140474/] . Phonon will provide a common interface on top of other systems, such as Xine, to avoid being dependent on a single multimedia framework.

See also

* Enlightened Sound Daemon (ESD) – used by GNOME
* PulseAudio - Advanced Sound Server intended to be a replacement for the ESD

References

External links

* [http://www.arts-project.org/ The aRts project website]
*wayback|http://www.arts-project.org/|The aRts project website


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