Csound – A text-based audio programming language

  • Developed in the 1980’s by Barry Vercoe at MIT.
  • Direct descendant of ‘MusicN’, by Max Mathews.
  • Free & Open Source.
  • Render offline or real-time live audio processing and synthesis.
  • Control via MIDI / OSC / Csound API
  • You can use Csound as an audio engine within Max or Pure Data.

Csound Tutorials & Resources

The Csound Floss manual
Barry Vercoe’s Csound Tutorial
Richard Boulanger’s Instrument Design Tutorial for Csound
Richard Boulanger’s introduction to sound design in Csound