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General Information =================== This is a development version of BEAST/BSE, the BEtter Audio SysTem and the Better Sound Engine. BEAST is a powerful music composition and modular synthesis application released as free software under the GNU LGPL, that runs under unix. More information about the project can can be found on the website and in the documents and manuals shipped with release tarballs. Beast is a soft realtime application which needs elevated CPU scheduling priorities. It installs a small suid wrapper which acquires nice level -20 and then immediately drops privileges. For linux kernels of the 2.6.x series, this enables the low-latency scheduling behavior needed to avoid audio drop outs, this kernel series is therefore recommended for operating Beast. In order to build release tarballs, Gtk+-2.12 is needed, a recent version of GnomeCanvas, Guile-1.6 and the Ogg/Vorbis Codec libraries. Support for MP3 files is optional and requires libmad (MPEG audio decoder library) when compiling BEAST. Most distributions already ship with these packages, the sources can be found at: GnomeCanvas (use >= 2.4): ftp://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/libgnomecanvas/ Gtk+: http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/gnome/sources/gtk+/ Guile: http://www.gnu.org/software/guile/guile.html Ogg/Vorbis: http://www.xiph.org/ogg/vorbis/download/ MAD (BSE requires libmad-0.15.1b): http://www.mars.org/home/rob/proj/mpeg/ The web site, download and forums for BEAST/BSE are: http://beast.testbit.eu/ http://beast.testbit.eu/beast-ftp/ http://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/beast/ (firstname.lastname@example.org) #beast on GimpNet (irc.gimp.org:6666) BEAST also supports the LADSPA plugin API, so various kinds of third party plugins can be loaded and executed by BEAST. LADSPA plugins are available from: http://www.ladspa.org And from places linked there. BEAST will look for LADSPA plugins under lib/ladspa/ of it's own installation prefix, and in the directories listed in $LADSPA_PATH. Installation ============ Note that Beast has to be fully installed to function properly, and that the binaries built in the launchers/ directory have to be installed with permissions of the root user. For generic installation instructions, see the file 'INSTALL'.