name = aRts
developer = Stefan Westerfeld
latest_release_version = 1.5.9
latest_release_date = release date and age|2008|02|19
status = inactive
genre = Sound Server
GNU General Public License
website = [http://www.arts-project.org/ aRts] / [http://kde.org/ KDE]
aRts, which stands for analog Real time synthesizer, is an audio framework that is no longer under development. It is most famous for previously being used in
KDE(series 2 and 3) to simulate an analog synthesizer.
A key component of aRts is the
sound serverwhich 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 schemavia a user-friendly graphical user interface. aRts is free software, distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
End of project
December 2, 2004aRts' creator and primary developer Stefan Westerfeld announced he was leaving the project due to a variety of fundamental development and technical issues with aRts.
In KDE 4 developers choose to replace aRts with a new multimedia API known as Phonon [http://dot.kde.org/1146140474/] . Phonon will provide a common interface on top of other systems, such as
Xine, to avoid being dependent on a single multimedia framework.
Enlightened Sound Daemon(ESD) – used by GNOME
PulseAudio- Advanced Sound Server intended to be a replacement for the ESD
* [http://www.arts-project.org/ The aRts project website]
*wayback|http://www.arts-project.org/|The aRts project website
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