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Software information
DeveloperStefan Westerfeld
Stable release1.5.9
Latest release dateFebruary 19, 2008(age 8)
Development statusinactive
Operating systemUnix-like
TypeSound Server
LicenseGNU General Public License
WebsiteaRts / KDE

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aRts, which stands for analog Real time synthesizer, is an audio framework that is no longer under development. It is best known 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.

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