MusE - A Digital Audio Workstation

MusE is a full featured MIDI and audio sequencer with recording and editing functionality. Complete with plugin support and automation. See feature list below.

MusE was originally written by Werner Schweer and is now developed and maintained by the MusE development team. MusE aims to be a complete multitrack virtual studio for Linux.

It is published under the GNU General Public License.

Latest News

September 14, 2023
MusE 4.2.1 - A quick fix release!
September 11, 2023
MusE 4.2 - Lots of fixes and improvements!
April 17, 2022
MusE 4.1 - quality of life release!

MusE features include

Midi sequencing
  • Realtime record/playback
  • Midi file import/export
  • Midi part, as used in the arranger, import/export
  • Input filter
  • Midi editing with:
    • Piano roll
    • Drum editor
    • List view
    • Score editor
  • Internal synth plugins including:
    • Fluidsynth soundfont(sf2) softsynth
    • Deicsonze FM synth emulating DX11
  • Standardized synth plugin formats: VST, LV2, DSSI
  • Support for multi channel synths
  • External synth support both hardware and software
  • Midi transformer
  • Midi editing plugin support
  • External scripting support
Audio sequencing
  • Realtime Record/Playback several mono/stereo inputs/outputs.
    • Graphical editing of automation
    • Several types of audio tracks
      • Audio inputs
      • Audio outputs
      • Wave tracks
      • Group tracks
      • Aux outputs
    • Standardized plugin formats: VST, LV2, DSSI, LADSPA
    • Drag&Drop import and arranging of:
      • Plugins and plugin presets
      • Parts
      • Midi files
      • Audio files
      • Aux outputs
Supported technologies
  • JACK-audio -
  • JACK-midi - for midi support
  • LASH - for session control with external LASH enabled applications
  • DSSI - synth plugins
  • VST(i) - synth plugins
  • ALSA-midi - for midi support
  • RtAudio - for basic audio support to Pulse, ALSA, OSS
  • LV2 host support
  • FLAM plugin guis
  • Muse is built with Qt5 toolkit


Video showcases from users and developers

Test driving the Drumgizmo Crocell Kit by Michael Oswald, MusE parts start a few minutes in.
Audio Production with Muse and Ardour by Michael Oswald.