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Read Me

	 		FAUST : a programming language for
	 		  audio applications and plugins
	 Grame, Centre National de Creation Musicale

1/ Introduction
FAUST (Functional Audio Stream) is a functional programming
language specifically designed for real-time signal processing and
synthesis. A distinctive characteristic of FAUST is to be fully

The FAUST compiler translates DSP specifications into
very efficient C++ code that works at sample level. It targets
high-performance signal processing applications, libraries and
audio plug-ins for a variety of audio platforms and standards. A
same FAUST specification can be used to easily generate native
JACK or ALSA applications, as well as CSOUND, LADSPA, MAX/MSP, PD,
Q, SC and VST plugins. 

2/ Organisation of the distribution
The Faust distribution can be downloaded at:

It's organisation is the following :

	architecture/		: the architecture files and libraries 
						  currently supported
	benchmark/			: tools to measure the impact of various 
                          compiler options
	compiler/			: sources of the Faust compiler
	documentation /		: Faust developer's documentation
	examples/			: examples of Faust programs with makefiles
						  for various audio targets
	syntax-highlighting/: support for syntax highlighting for 
						  several editors
	tools/				: Additional easy-to-use scripts to 
						  produce binaries and plugins

3/ Compilation and installation
To compile and install the Faust compiler on Linux and MacOSX : 

	make install
	sudo make install

It could be also useful to install additional tools, for example :

	cd tools/faust2appls/
	sudo make install

On Windows :

The first option is to use the Visual Studio 2008 solution
/faust/compiler/windows/faust_vs2008.sln. Open the solution with
the Visual Studio 2008 environment and run Build. Both
Debug/Release targets are supported.

The second solution is to download and install the QT4.6 SDK :
and use the project file '' in the compiler folder.

2/ Compilation of the examples
Several FAUST examples are provided in the example folder. To
compile and test the examples with Jack/GTK do :

	cd examples
	make jackgtk

This will create a subfolder jackgtkdir with all the jack
applications. You can also create alsa applications (make alsagtk)
as well as other formats.

In order to compile your own applications, you can simply place you
files in the example folder and use the existing makefiles.

To list for possible audio targets :

	make help

About 20 different audio plateforms are supported : 

- Action Script
- Alsa
- ChucK
- CoreAudio
- iPhone
- Jack
- Matlab
- MaxMSP
- Octave
- PortAudio
- Pure
- PureData
- Q
- Sndfile
- Snd-RT
- SuperCollider
- SynthFile
- VSTi (mono)

For all these audio platforms you may have to install the related
SDK and/or development libraries.

4/ Acknowledgments

Many persons have been contributing to the FAUST project by
providing code for the compiler, architecture files, libraries,
examples, documentation, scripts, bug reports, ideas, etc. 

I would like to thank them and especially: Fons Adriaensen, Tiziano
Bole, Baktery Chanka, Thomas Charbonnel, Damien Cramet, Etienne
Gaudrin, Albert Graef, Stefan Kersten, Victor Lazzarini, Matthieu
Leberre, Mathieu Leroi, Kjetil Matheussen, Remy Muller, Sampo
Savolainen, Nicolas Scaringella, Stephen Sinclair, Travis Skare,
Julius Smith, as well as my colleagues at GRAME, in particular :
Dominique Fober, Stephane Letz and Karim Barkati, and from the
ASTREE project : Jerome Barthelemy (IRCAM), Alain Bonardi (IRCAM),
Raffaele Ciavarella (IRCAM), Pierre Jouvelot (Ecole des
Mines/ParisTech), Laurent Pottier (U. Saint-Etienne)

5/ Questions and suggestions

If you have questions suggestions and comments, or if you want to 
contribute to the project, two mailing lists are available:

Yann Orlarey

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