Open Sound World 1.1 Beta 1 Released

The first beta of OpenSoundWorld (OSW) version 1.1 has been released to public. This new version contains several new features and improvements, including:

1) Over 250 transforms are now included in the OSW distribution (and yes, the Windows binary includes the Sampler transforms this time).

2) A full implementation of the OpenSound Control (OSC) protocol, allowing real-time communication with several popular music applications, such as Max/MSP, jMax, Pd, Reaktor, etc. For more information on OSC, please visit

3) oswbin, a "command-line only" mode of OSW, is now available. Oswbin allows remote control via OSC messages instead of the built-in user interface. Thanks goes to Andrew Schmeder for his major contributions to OSC interface and command-line mode.

4) Native support for the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA). Legacy support for Linux OSS drivers is still included as well.

5) Improved MIDI support under Windows and Linux, including System-Exclusive output for advanced control of external synths.

6) Easier installation via a Windows self-executing installer and RPMs for Linux.

7) Numerous bug-fixes and improvements to the user interface and documentation.

8) Experimental support for Mac OS X. There is no Mac binary release yet, but intrepid
Mac users are encouraged to download the source.

OSW is a graphical programming environment for real-time music and audio applications. It is intended for composers, performs and sound designers. Please visit the the project site for more detailed information about the project.

I would like to thank the OSW team, including Andrew Schmeder, William Sinclair and Kenneth Knowles for their contributions to this release.

Posted by Amar Chaudhary 2003-02-24

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