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5 Highly Promising Terminal Emulators
The terminal emulator is a venerable but essential tool for computer users. The reason why Linux offers so much power is due to the command line. The Linux shell can do so much, and this power can be accessed on the desktop by using a terminal emulator. There are so many available for Linux that the choice is bewildering.

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  • ABX Comparator
    ABX Comparator is a GStreamer-based ABX blind audio comparison tool for GNOME that aims to be simple and easy to use.
  • Ambient Noise Player
    Ambient Noise Player - integrate noise into your sound indicator and relax or concentrate.
  • arcangel
    Arcangel is a Jack effect and LADSPA plugin for arctan distortion. It sounds nice and grungy without clipping at high levels, and good at lower levels.
  • audio-entropyd
    audio-entropyd generates entropy-data for the /dev/random device.
  • Audiogrep
    Audiogrep transcribes audio files and then creates "audio supercuts" based on search phrases. It uses CMU Pocketsphinx for speech-to-text and pydub to stitch things together.
  • AudioScout
    (commercial) AudioScout is a distributed audio content indexing system. It can index a large collection of audio content for the purpose of later recognition of unknown signals. Robust to noise, different encodings and other types of distortion, it can be used for a variety of applications including duplicate detection of files, identifying music, as well as more sophisticated uses involving the enforcement of copyrights and ensuring lawful use of content.
    AWESFX is the package of various utility programs for controlling AWE32 driver. It includes the soundfont loader (sfxload), chorus/reverb effect loader (setfx), control parameter set up (aweset), and SF-Text conversion programs, and so on.
    AZR3-JACK is a port of the free VST plugin AZR-3. It is a tonewheel organ with drawbars, distortion and rotating speakers.
  • BallroomDJ
    BallroomDJ is a ballroom music player. It is designed to let the computer choose the music and to be able to play music the entire evening without intervention.
  • baresip
    baresip is a bare-bones SIP user agent. It supports SIP, SDP, RTP/RTCP, and STUN/TURN/ICE, and IPv4 and IPv6, and is RFC-compliant and has portable C89 and C99 source code.
  • Boom
    Boom is a simple volume booster application that lets you boost the volume of your Mac, your music, and video files.
  • bpm-tools
    The bpm-tools software is for automatically calculating and tagging the tempo (in beats-per-minute) of music files.
  • CELT
    CELT (Constrained Energy Lapped Transform) is an ultra-low delay audio codec designed for realtime transmission of high quality speech and audio.
  • convertPgsSub
    convertPgsSub is a shell script to convert pgs subtitles (blu-ray) in a MKV file.
  • dab
    dab is a utility that takes the raw DSP data from your sound card, decodes the FSK (frequency shift keying - a.k.a. Atkin Biphase) modulation from the magnetic stripe, and outputs the binary data.
  • DeFX for Audacious
    DeFX for Audacious is an effects sound processor plug-in for Audacious. It provides karaoke, panning, chorus, flange, filter, and reverb
  • dmsb
    dmsb decodes the binary data for ISO spec cards. It outputs the ASCII characters and perform an LRC check to verify the integrity of the data, provided that the stripe conforms to the specifications described in ISO 7811, 7813, and optionally ISO 4909 (for the uncommon Track 3).
  • DR14 T.meter
    DR14 T.meter is a commandline tool for computing the Dynamic Range of your music according to the procedure used in the offline meter released by the Pleasurize Music Foundation.
  • dsproxy
    dsproxy emulates an OSS device that "virtualizes" itself so each UID that opens /dev/dsp gets its own private sound device.
  • Ear Candy
    Ear Candy is a sound level manager that nicely fades applications in and out based on their profile and window focus.
  • Exmude
    Exmude is a simple musical instrument that you can run on your computer. You control it with your mouse. Moving the mouse up and down controls the volume, while moving the mouse to the left and to the right controls the pitch.
  • EZ-AV Tools for Unix
    EZ-AV Tools for Unix is a set of CLI tools that give *nix users access to the extended functionality of the EZ-AV brand of digital audio players. So far, this includes video on the EMP-500 model.
  • FfDiaporama
    FfDiaporama is an application for assembling photos and videos especially for preserving holiday memories. It is inspired by presentation software such as Impress or Powerpoint.
  • frei0r
    frei0r is a minimalistic plugin API for video sources and filters. The behavior of the effects can be controlled from the host by simple parameters. The intent is to solve the recurring reimplementation or adaptation issue of standard effects. It is not meant as a generic API for all kinds of video applications.
  • gdigi
    gdigi is a tool aimed to provide X-Edit functionality to Linux users. It allows users to control Digitech effect pedal features.
  • GLASHCtl
    GLASHCtl is a simple applet for controlling the LASH Audio Session Handler. When you run it it will appear as a small LASH icon in your "notification area" or "system tray".
  • Glyr
    Glyr is a music related metadata search engine, both with commandline interface and C API.
  • Gmerlin-avdecoder
    Gmerlin-avdecoder is a multimedia decoding library that supports audio, video, and subtitles. It handles most commonly used media formats and codecs. The streams can come from many sources including regular files, DVDs, VCDs, and network connections using different protocols. For editing applications, many formats can be decoded in a sample accurate mode, which provides fast random access.
  • Gnomad2
    Gnomad2 is a GTK+ music manager and swiss army knife for the Creative Labs NOMAD and Zen range plus the Dell DJ devices using the Portable Digital Entertainment (PDE) protocol.
  • Groku
    Groku is a GNOME application which can manage playback and playlists of your network-attached Roku Soundbridge in real time.
  • gst-pulse
    gst-pulse is a GStreamer sink for the PulseAudio sound server.
  • GStreamer Ugly Plug-ins
    GStreamer Ugly Plug-ins is a set of plug-ins that have good quality and correct functionality, but whose distribution might pose problems. The license on either the plug-ins or the supporting libraries might not be ideal. The code might be widely known to present patent problems.
  • hachoir-metadata
    Hachoir metadata can extract metadata from archives (bzip2, gzip, zip, tar), audio (MPEG audio/MP3, WAV, Sun/NeXT audio, Ogg/Vorbis, MIDI, AIFF, AIFC, Real Audio), images (BMP, CUR, EMF, ICO, GIF, JPEG, PCX, PNG, TGA, TIFF, WMF, XCF), and video (ASF/WMV, AVI, Matroska, Quicktime, Ogg/Theora, Real Media).
  • htpicker
    htpicker is a simple file browser for your Linux-based HTPC (Home Theater PC). It simply navigates your filesystem and allows you to watch or play your media files with the programs of your choice.
  • id3fs
    id3fs provides a browsable filesystem of your music files, organised into sub-directories by id3 tags (or flac/ogg comments).
  • InfoList
    InfoList is a simple console application that lets you edit the INFO list chunk in a RIFF (Re­source In­ter­change File For­mat) file, such as WAVE, RMID and AVI.
  • IPA Zounds
    The IPA Zounds application models language sound change by applying a given set of sound change rules to a given lexicon. It has a built-in model of the IPA, allowing users to write input words in IPA characters, and rules using those characters and/or the distinctive features of the model.
  • Jamulus
    The Jamulus software enables musicians to perform real-time jam sessions over the internet. There is a Jamulus server which collects the audio data from each Jamulus client, mixes the audio data and sends the mix back to each client.
  • Karaoke con SMIL
    Karaoke con SMIL is a project to synchronize audio, text, and images and export the final result to SMIL, which can be played in multimedia players such as Real Player, Helix Player, Ambulant Player, etc. on several devices (computers, mobile phones, PDAs, etc.).
  • Kirocker Music Display
    Kirocker is a Kicker applet that displays what you listen to in Amarok. With this panel applet, you always know what you are listening to, and can watch its cover and star rating: it is always visible.
  • KLopsterUtils
    KLopsterUtils is a useful tool for Lopster to view File Transfer Statistics, User Browse (you can use filters) and many more. KLopsterUtils is the same as lopster-tools but is written in C++/QT/KDE.
  • Liquidsoap
    Liquidsoap is a powerful tool for building complex audio streaming systems, typically targetting internet radios. It consists of a simple script language, which has a first-class notion of source (basically a stream) and provides elementary source constructors and source compositions from which you can build the streamer you want. This design makes liquidsoap flexible and easily extensible.
  • lm
    lm (list movies) is a command-line script that lists movies in a directory, using metadata found on IMDb.
  • Madrigal
    Madrigal is a network-controlled real time music visualization program (i.e. VJing software). It consists of a server that runs on the computer recording the audio, rendering and displaying the visualization, and a GTK2 client (with a hildonized version available for the Nokia 770) that is used to organize visualizations and switch between them.
  • Magenta
    Magenta is a Google Brain project to ask and answer the questions, ?Can we use machine learning to create compelling art and music? If so, how? If not, why not??
  • mapmaudio
    mapmaudio is an 1f42 MPEG audio stream mapper. The written MPEG audio stream maps contain information such as stream frame rate, stream duration and number of frames, file position of audio stream frames, and so forth. The output conforms the 1f42 H262 map file format and can be used by programs (such as Mylene1f4 MPEG audio player) in performing fast and accurate random access.
  • mirage-disk
    mirage-disk is a utility for copying the samples from Ensoniq Mirage diskettes.
  • MMapDSP
    MMapDSP is a small tool for Linux that emulates a memory-mapped DSP (audio) device on top of an audio device that does not support memory mapping.does not support memory mapping.
  • MSS
    MSS (Music Statistics Server) stores and makes available music play statistics. It records song descriptions together with their play dates.
  • music_command
    music_command lets you change track or toggle playing state in your current running media player. e.g. "music_command --next" will skip to the next song in your current media player(banshee, bmp, muine, rhythmbox, totem,xmms,mpc,untested: amarok,xmms2)
  • noiseclock
    noiseclock is a command-line utility designed to summarize the amount of time, in any combination of days, minutes, hours, and/or seconds, needed to play a given file or directory of files. It supports any of the sound formats supported by Scott Wheeler's TagLib, which are currently MP3, OGG, and FLAC compressed files.
  • Ogg Video Tools
    The Ogg Video Tools is a toolbox for manipulating Ogg video files, which usually consist of a video stream (Theora) and an audio stream (Vorbis). It includes a number of handy command line tools for manipulating these video files, such as for splitting the different streams.
  • oscsend/oscdump
    Oscsend and oscdump are messaging utilities for OpenSound Control (OSC). Oscsend sends an OSC message specified by command line arguments, while oscdump receives OSC messages and prints them to standard output. Both tools uses UDP for networking.
  • osswakeup
    osswakeup wakes up OSS (Open Sound System) when its evaluation time has elapsed, so you don't have to restart it by hand.
  • PaulStretch
    PaulStretch is a program for stretching audio data. It is suitable only for extreme sound stretching (like 50 times) and for applying special effects by "spectral smoothing" the sounds.
  • PhatDB
    PhatDB is a program (and library) to generate and sign mcd.db files for preparing "enhanced" media for playback on Kenwood ACDrive and mCD Car Stereo head-units.
  • Picard
    Picard is a MusicBrainz tagging application. Its tagging concept is album-oriented, as opposed to track-oriented like the classic MusicBrainz tagger. Read more
  • pitch perfect
    pitch perfect is a tool for generating and playing audio tones. The mouse controls pitch and volume, while the keyboard allows persistent notes to be added for chord structure.
  • Planet CCRMA at Home
    Planet CCRMA at Home is a collection of software packages that you can add to a computer running RedHat and Fedora to transform it into an audio oriented workstation.
  • Play it slowly
    Play it slowly is a program to play back audio files at a different speed or pitch.
  • PulseAudio Device Chooser
    PulseAudio Device Chooser (padevchooser) is a simple GTK tool which registers an icon in the tray area and allows quick access to some features of the PulseAudio sound server.
  • Pyjama
    Pyjama is an (unofficial) client for Jamendo, the free music community. It helps you to browse through Jamendo's database in order to find new albums.
  • pyxiph
    pyxiph is a collection of Python extensions for Xiph libraries (such as ogg, vorbis, and ao). The bindings use boost.python and use scons for the build system.
  • Query Xmms
    Query XMMS (qxmms) is a command line tool for Linux that queries the XMMS media player about what it is currently doing and information about the currently playing track.
  • Recordmph
    Recordmph records the music play history for a Mylene1f4 music server with a Mylene101 music statistics server.
  • Rhythmbox Microblogger
    Rhythmbox Microblogger can send notices about your current music to a microblogging service from Rhythmbox (it currently supports Twitter and
  • Rotter
    Rotter is a transmission recording and audio logger for JACK. It was designed for use by radio stations, who are legally required to keep a recording of all their output. Rotter runs continuously, writing to a new file every hour.
  • ScaleTempo
    ScaleTempo is a set of patches and plugins for major open source media players. It enables easy playback of audio and video at faster or slower speeds without changing pitch (i.e. no chipmunk effect).
  • SDIF
    SDIF is an established standard for the well-defined and extensible interchange of a variety of sound descriptions including spectral, sinusoidal, time-domain, and higher-level models.
  • seek-h262
    seek-h262 is a portable MPEG decoder.
  • setBfree
    setBfree DSP tonewheel organ is b3 emulation based on the code of Fredrik Kilander's Beatrix organ emulator.
  • slack1f42
    slack1f42 is a collection of command line utilities for reading and editing 1f42 H262 maps. 1f42 H262 maps are H262 (or MPEG) stream descriptions containing information such as stream frame rate, stream duration and number of frames, file position of stream frames, and so forth. 1f42 audio stream maps can be used by the Mylene1f4 audio player in performing fast and accurate random access on MPEG audio streams.
    SvOlli's Little Audio Related Thingies, or SLART for short, is a compilation of rather simple programs that are related to audio files: it consists of a player (Partyman), a CD ripper, a tag editor, a downloader for music files that also works with MySpace, and some other tools.
  • Sound Monitor
    Sound Monitor is a GNOME panel applet, it displays the current Volume output of the Esound daemon, also, optionally shows the Esound status: Off(error), Standby, Ready. The esound server information can be displayed, the balance and volume can be also be adjusted for streams and samples.
  • stereoboost
    stereoboost widens, enlarges, and boosts the stereo effects in music. It does this by extracting the stereo signal from music, multiplying this by a factor, and then mixing it back into the audio file with the original mono signal.
  • SuperShow
    SuperShow is a program to create Adobe Flash files from some slides and an audio or video file. SuperShow allows you to easily synchronize the audio and the slide transitions and insulates you from the command-line interface of creating Flash files with SWFtools.
  • swac-tools
    Swac Tools is a set of programs that allows you to get the most of the words audio collections (SWAC) that are provided by the Shtooka Project. At the moment, there are two programs: swac-get, which enables the loading into a SQLite3 database of audio collections, and swac-explore, which allows you to browse the database and listen to audio files.
  • Tiny Ear Trainer
    Tiny Ear Trainer is a tiny piece of software that helps you to recognize musical intervals by associating them with colors.
  • trx
    trx is a simple toolset for broadcasting live audio from Linux. It sends and receives encoded audio over IP networks, via a soundcard or audio interface.
  • tsdecrypt
    tsdecrypt reads decrypts incoming mpeg transport stream over UDP/RTP and then decrypts it using libdvbcsa and keys obtained from OSCAM or similar CAM server.
  • TTtrigger
    TTtrigger is a program intended for theater use. It uses JACK to trigger sound effects and other sounds to predefined audio ports. A shortcut key can be assigned to each sound effect or you can trigger the sounds sequentially.
  • WAVE Utilities
    WAVE Utilities is a set of three programs for dealing with WAVE format audio files. Some software is unable to parse complex WAVE files containing such things as playlists and padding. SimplifyWave converts complex files into files that such programs can read by stripping everything other than the data chunk. RepairWave inserts the required data chunk id and size information into ill-formed files in which the audio data directly follows the header. InfoWave extracts information from a RIFF/WAV or RIFX/WAV file and reports on the contents of the file.
  • ZXTune
    ZXTune is a set of portable applications (GUI/CLI) intended to play chiptunes originally created for ZX Spectrum. It features advanced ripping possibilities that let you search for music in big data sets.

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