Ubuntu Studio

Tour: Audio

Ubuntu Studio makes available some of the most popular and recently updated audio software in the Linux world.


Jack is a low latency capable audio and midi server, designed for pro audio use. It enables all Jack capable applications to connect to each other. A common program for controlling the jack server is Qjackctl (shown in the picture below).

  • provides low latencies (less than 5msecs with the right hardware)
  • provides completely flexible connections
  • also acts as transport for jack-aware applications



Ardour is a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), suitable for recording, mixing and mastering. Some of its features include:

  • Unlimited audio tracks and buses
  • Non-destructive, non-linear editing with unlimited undo
  • Anything-to-anywhere signal routing
  • Unlimited pre- and post-fader plugins
  • 32 bit floating point audio path
  • Automatic track delay compensation
  • Sample accurate automation
  • Standard file formats (BWF, WAV, WAV64, AIFF, CAF & more …)
  • More than 200 LADSPA & LV2 plugins freely available
  • MIDI CC control with 1 click
  • Level 2 MIDI Machine Control
  • MIDI Timecode (MTC) Master or Slave
  • Full integration with all JACK applications
  • Video-synced playback, pull up/pull down

Sequencers and Synthesizers

Ubuntu Studio comes installed with other notable applications such as:

  • Audacity – Audio Wave Editor
  • Qtractor – midi capable DAW
  • Hydrogen – Drum machine / Sequencer
  • Yoshimi – Software Synthesizer


Virtual Guitar Amps

Rakarrack (preinstalled) and Guitarix are two popular guitar amp simulators.

Jack Session

Gladish will enable you to start applications, make connections between them, and save the whole configuration to file. Gladish is also an alternative to Qjackctl.


Audio Programming

There are numerous easy to use audio programming environments available to Ubuntu Studio, such as the preinstalled puredata. Others are installable, such as supercollider, csound and chuck.