Rosegarden,
the free Linux digital audio workstation with multitrack audio, MIDI,
and notation features, is pre-release software no more. Version 1.0 has
gone gold, available for download for Linux or as part of Fervent Software's
Studio-to-Go CD, which will run on Windows PCs without installation.
Fervent has helped support Rosegarden's accelerated development, and if
you opt for their pre-built CD option you can avoid having to configure
Linux yourself, while taking advantage of a complete software studio
built around Rosegarden and many other Linux tools. (See our interview with Fervent.)

Is this a free Cubase alternative? Well incredibly, the answer is
nearly yes. Rosegarden still isn't as mature as competitive DAWs, and
lacks the flexibility of software like Ableton Live and the notation
power of dedicated applications like Sibelius and Finale. But for
students and musicians whose budget can't accommodate purchasing full
software setups, this could really open some doors, and its open-source
nature means it could be the basis of new audio software
solutions.  There's an incredible amount of functionality, and
thanks to Studio-to-Go you can try this out with minimum fuss.

  • Guest

    All hail Rosegarden! I've been waiting for a reason to ditch Windows entirely!

  • Guest

    It’s as easy as using Cubase, you can produce professional music with Rosegarden thanks to all open source stuffs of Linux: synth generators, SoundFont players, effect plugins, mastering tools… All free.

    Well, Cubase, I have loved you but now you cannot compete any more. Good luck!

  • Guest

    never listened a sound on rosegarden on a few distros…and what about VST?

  • admin

    Rosegarden supports Windows VST plugins — it even reads them right off your hard drive (NTFS XP drives show up, they’re just read-only, but that works for VST plugs).

    That said, it’s not quite Cubase — think of it as a more basic version without the price tag. But that deserves some credit: there are definitely musicians out there who really can’t afford the outlay of cash, and I’d rather see them support open source software than pirate commercial code.

    Peter