An open source DAW for GNU/Linux, inspired by modular synths.
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Important note: This is project is in pre-APLHA state, do not expect it to be usable in any form or shape.

  • It has bugs.
  • It does not do a lot of useful things.
  • There is no documentation.
  • And most importantly: the save format is not finalized and will change in incompatible ways, i.e. you will not be able to open your work from older versions.

What's This?

A simple music editor with a focus on classical musical notation.

Follow the development at

License: GPL2 (see file COPYING).


This project is currenly only designed to run on Linux desktops. No effort has yet been made to make it run on anything else than the latest Ubuntu release (15.10 at the time of writing).

Getting Started

These instructions are not targetted at end users. It is assumed that you're moderately experienced with software development on Linux.

First grab the latest source code:

git clone
cd noisicaa

For the first time setup, create a new virtualenv:

pyvenv-3.4 ENV
. ENV/bin/activate

And populate it with a bunch of packages that noisicaä uses:


It will probably fail and ask you to install some additional packages. Try again, until it is happy and starts compiling stuff.

And finally run

bin/noisicaä --dev-mode

Everytime you open a new bash to work with it, you have to activate the virtual environment using

. ENV/bin/activate