Canonical Csound5 - All Platforms
For compiled installers of Csound5 for all the supported platforms (Linux, MacOS 7-9-X and Windows) and source code, please visit the page at SourceForge.net:
For an official Windows 8 installer of the latest Csound, Microsoft has provided a convenient page to visit:
Csound Sources on Git:
- SourceForge Git Repository
Instructions for using Git, from Steven Yi:
Using git for for just checking out and compiling is pretty easy.
1. Install git
2. Use this command to clone the Csound5 git repository:
git clone git://git.code.sf.net/p/csound/csound5-git
This will checkout a read-only (meaning, you can not commit back to
the central git repository) version of the Csound5 repo.
3. To update with the latest from the master repo, use:
4. The same process is used for the Csound manual. Use this command to
git clone git://git.code.sf.net/p/csound/manual
More information on using Git can be found Here
Frontends for Csound
CsoundQT is a frontend for Csound featuring a highlighting editor with autocomplete, interactive widgets and integrated help. It is a cross-platform and aims to be a simple yet powerful and complete development environment for Csound. It can open files created by MacCsound. CsoundQT hopes to bring the power of Csound to a larger group of people, by reducing Csound's intial learning curve, and by giving users more immediate control of their sound. It hopes to be both a simple tool for the beginner, as well as a powerful tool for experienced users.
Cabbage is a software for creating cross platform Csound based audio plugins. It currently support OSX, Windows and Linux VSTs.
Written by and maintained by Steven Yi blue is a Java program for use with Csound. It's interface is much like a digital multitrack, but differs in that there timelines within timelines (polyObjects). This allows for a compositional organization in time that seems to be very intuitive, informative, and flexible.
Cecilia is one of the most comprehensive frontends available for Csound. Cecilia is presently maintained by Jean Piché and supports the latest installation of Csound 5.14.
If you are using a Mac running OS X - you want the newest MacCsound by Matt Ingalls, (Great Interface, GUI Tools, Great MIDI, Excellent Composer/Developer/Performer Environment).
WinXound, by Stefano Bonetti, is a free and open-source Front-End GUI Editor for CSound 5, CSoundAV,
CSoundAC, with Python and Lua support, developed by Stefano Bonetti.
It runs on Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OsX and Linux.
OLDER Versions of Csound
CsoundAV is a version of Csound which allows 3D graphics (OpenGL) and animations besides normal real-time audio performance. It also allows to process several video streams (in AVI format) in realtime, assuming that your CPU and hard-disk are fast enough.
Synchronized to canonical Csound version 4.08, this is a version of Winsound for 32-bit Windows and Linux under Wine. It is Barry Vercoe's historic frontend and comes bundled with a handy scanned synthesis matrix editor (matrix.tk) written in Tcl/Tk by John ffitch that is compatible with the cswish frontend that is a part of Csound5.