[gst-announce] ANNOUNCE: BEAST/BSE v0.7.0

Tim Janik timj at gtk.org
Sun Jul 16 08:39:25 PDT 2006

BEAST/BSE version 0.7.0 and BSE-ALSA version 0.7.0 are
available for download at:


This is a development version of BEAST/BSE, the BEdevilled Audio SysTem
and the Bedevilled Sound Engine. BEAST is a powerful music composition
and modular synthesis application released as free software under the
GNU GPL and GNU LGPL, that runs under unix. BSE-ALSA is an ALSA driver
for BSE.
The project is hosted at:


The "Bedevilled" portion of the names has no religious background,
refer to the About page for more details:


A mailing list is available at:


GUI skins, example sounds and instrumets for BEAST/BSE as well as
screenshots can be found at:


The 0.7 development series of Beast focusses on improving usability and
ease of music production. Feedback is very much appreciated, please take
the opportunity and provide your comments and questions in online forums
like the Beast Help Desk, Beast Bugzilla or the mailing list, all of which
can be reached through http://beast.gtk.org/.

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.7.0:

* Renamed scheme shell to bsescm
* Optimized core functions for MMX/SSE with runtime CPU detection
* Fixed CPU profiler to work with newer Linux kernels
* New probing code for optimized volume meters and FFT scopes
* Plugins/Module changes:
   StandardOscillator    - Added semitone transposition function
   FreeVerb              - Fixed distortions due to subnormal handling
   GusPatchEnvelope      - Better approximation of GUS Patch envelopes [Stefan]
   Adder                 - Deprecated in favour of BseSummation
   Constant		- Number of output channels reduced to 4
   DavSynDrum            - Fixed retrigger logic [Stefan]
* Added support for MMX/SSE-optimized plugins
* Converted runtime documentation system to use a local web browser
* Relicensed all example scripts and BSE files under an "AS IS" license
* New loadable Instruments/Effects:
   BQS Organ
   BQS SynDrum
   BQS Fretless Bass		[Stefan Westerfeld]
   BQS Queek Synth
   BQS MoogSaw Bass		[Stefan Westerfeld]
   BQS Merp Pad
   BQS Compressor		[Stefan Westerfeld]
   BQS Reverb			[Stefan Westerfeld]
   BQS Saturation And Reverb	[Stefan Westerfeld]
* Major code reorganizations, only one library is installed now: libbse
* Vastly extended test coverage of many core mechanisms
* Moved source base to automake-1.9 and added support for gcc-4.2
* Lots of major and minor fixes and improvements
* Bugzilla issues resolved: #337703, #342186, #343301, #340386, #340307
* Updated Canadian English translation [Adam Weinberger] 
* Updated German translation [Hendrik Richter, Jens Seidel]
* Updated Spanish translation [Francisco Javier F. Serrador]
* Updated Czech translation [Miloslav Trmac]
* Updated Italian translation [Petrecca Michele]
* Updated Catalan translation [Gil Forcada]
* Updated Dutch translation [Vincent van Adrighem]
* Updated Swedish translation [Daniel Nylander]
* Added Nepali translation [Pawan Chitrakar]

Overview of Changes in BSE-ALSA 0.7.0:

* Build fixes for BEAST-0.7.0
* Moved source base to automake-1.9 and added support for gcc-4.2


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