Tapeutape is a midi-controlled virtual sampler. It is highly configurable, lets you create instruments/kits/setups and is designed for live performance. It works on Gnu/Linux with the Jack sound server. There's a command-line and a gui version. It is released under the GNU General Public Licence.


  • In the latest release:
    • easy-to-use fltk gui
    • command-line version
    • build setups/kits/instruments/variations
    • kit selection with alsa midi CC
    • 3 play modes (normal, trigger, repeat)
    • as many jack audio stereo outputs as you want, choose the output for each instrument
    • polyphony for each instrument
    • samples triggered by alsa midi notes
    • velocity layers (variations) for each instrument
    • loads wav,aiff,flac files (and all the audiofile formats handled by libsndfile)
    • high quality resampling (using libsamplerate)
    • lash support for session management
  • Planned:
    • legato mode
    • loop_toggle mode
    • live audio recording
    • cut an instrument with another instrument (hi-hats,...)
    • several samples in a variation (randomly played) for more realism
    • import sf2, xrni, directories and tap files into the current file
    • export to a directory with the .tap file and the samples
    • support other midi events (aftertouch, program change ...)
    • revamped gui
    • begin/end and adsr for each variation
    • preview when opening audio files
    • midi control of each parameter of the kits/instruments/variations
    • OpenSoundControl Support



  • Latest Release (0.1.1)
    • Binary Packages: There are packages available for some distributions (Ubuntu Lucid)
    • Source Code: If there are no binary packages for your platform, don't worry, compiling Tapeutape is not that complicated:
      • Download tapeutape-0.1.1.tar.gz to your home directory.
      • Install scons with your favorite package manager or download it here.
      • Open a terminal and enter the following commands:
        • tar zxf tapeutape-0.1.1.tar.gz
        • cd tapeutape-0.1.1
        • scons -h
      • Then follow the instructions.
  • Development Version using subversion
    • svn co svn://svn.tuxfamily.org/svnroot/tardigrade/tapeutape


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