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# dtas - duct tape audio suite for *nix

Free Software command-line tools for audio playback, mastering, and
whatever else related to audio.  dtas follows the worse-is-better
philosophy and acts as duct tape to combine existing command-line tools
for flexibility and ease-of-development.  dtas is currently implemented
in Ruby (and some embedded shell), but may use other languages in the

Primary executables available are:

* dtas-player - gapless music player (or pipeline/process manager :P)
* dtas-cueedit - embedded cuesheet editor (FLAC-only for now)
* dtas-splitfx - split audio and apply effects to all tracks

The centerpiece is dtas-player, a gapless music player designed to aid
in writing scripts for sox/ecasound use.  Unlike monolithic music
players, dtas-player is close to a *nix shell in functionality, allowing
for the execution of arbitrary commands as sources, filters, and sinks
for audio.  dtas-player supports:

* any DSP effects offered by SoX, ecasound, LADSPA, LV2, etc..
* multiple outputs for playback (including dumping audio to
  files or piping to arbitrary commands)
* ReplayGain (including fallback gain and peak normalization)

dtas-player is a *nix pipeline and process manager.  It may be used
spawn and pipe to arbitrary Unix commands, not just audio-related
commands.  It can interactively restart/replace the source (audio
decoder) component of a pipeline while keeping the sink (playback
endpoint) running.

Users of dtas-player will also be interested in the following scripts:

* dtas-ctl - "raw" command-line scripting interface for dtas-player
* dtas-enq - enqueue files/commands for dtas-player
* dtas-msinkctl - enable/disable multiple sinks with one command
* dtas-console - rudimentary curses interface for dtas-player
* dtas-sinkedit - edit sinks (playback targets) for dtas-player
* dtas-sourceedit - edit source (decoder process parameters) for dtas-player
* dtas-xdelay - alternative sink for dtas-player
* dtas-tl - command-line helpers for tracklist functionality in dtas-player

All scripts have some documentation in the Documentation/ directory or
manpages distributed with the gem.  Documentation is also available on
https://80x24.org/dtas/$COMMAND.txt in plain-text form.

dtas exposes no public APIs outside of command-line and YAML text.  dtas is
aimed at users familiar with the *nix command-line and editing text files.
Familiarity with the Ruby programming language is absolutely NOT required.


* mpd (Music Player Daemon) bridge for partial dtas-player control
* MPRIS/MPRIS 2.0 bridge for partial dtas-player control
* whatever command-line tools come to mind...
* better error handling, many bugfixes, etc...
* better documentation

## Source code

  git clone https://80x24.org/dtas.git

Please use git-format-patch(1) and git-send-email(1) distributed with
the git(7) suite for generating and sending patches.  Please format
pull requests with the git-request-pull(1) script (also distributed
with git(7)) and send them via email to <dtas-all@nongnu.org>.

See https://www.git-scm.com/ for more information on git.

## Contact

All feedback (comments, results, feature requests, bug reports, patches,
pull-requests) via plain-text mail to the mailing list is very much

Please send plain-text mail to the list at <dtas-all@nongnu.org>
HTML mail will not be read.  dtas is for GUI-phobes, by GUI-phobes.
Mailing list archives available at <https://80x24.org/dtas-all/> or

No subscription is necessary to post to the mailing list.
You may also read via:
NNTP: <nntps://news.public-inbox.org/inbox.comp.audio.dtas>
IMAP: <imaps://;AUTH=ANONYMOUS@public-inbox.org/inbox.comp.audio.dtas.0>
Atom: <https://80x24.org/dtas-all/new.atom>
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## Copyright

Copyright all contributors <dtas-all@nongnu.org>
License: GPL-3.0+ <https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.txt>

dtas is copyrighted Free Software by all contributors, see logs
in revision control for names and email addresses of all of them.

dtas is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the
Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your
option) any later version.

dtas is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY
WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or
for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along
with this program; if not, see https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.txt

Note: The GPL does not and can not apply to external commands run by
dtas scripts, so users _may_ run any non-Free Software they want via dtas
(just like one may do so via bash).  However, the dtas project does not
endorse or support the use of any non-Free Software.