a highly automated and intuitive digital audio workstation
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a highly automated and intuitive digital audio workstation


Zrythm is a digital audio workstation designed to be featureful and easy to use. It offers streamlined editing workflows with flexible tools, limitless automation capabilities, powerful mixing features, chord assistance and support for various plugin and file formats.

Zrythm is free software written in C using the GTK4 toolkit and can be extended with user scripts written in Scheme or ECMAScript.


  • Object looping, cloning, linking and stretching
  • Adaptive snapping
  • Multiple lanes per track
  • Bounce anything to audio or MIDI
  • Piano roll (MIDI editor) with chord integration, drum mode and a lollipop velocity editor
  • Audio editor with part editing (including in external app) and adjustable gain/fades
  • Event viewers (list editors) with editable object parameters
  • Built-in and scriptable per-context object functions
  • Audio/MIDI/automation recording with options to punch in/out, record on MIDI input and create takes
  • Device-bindable parameters for external control
  • Wide variety of track types for every purpose
  • Signal manipulation with signal groups, aux sends and direct anywhere-to-anywhere connections
  • In-context listening by dimming other tracks
  • Automate anything using automation events or CV signal from modulator plugins and macro knobs
  • Detachable views for multi-monitor setups
  • Searchable preferences
  • Support for LV2/CLAP/VST2/VST3/AU/LADSPA/DSSI plugins, SFZ/SF2 SoundFonts, Type 0 and 1 MIDI files, and almost every audio file format
  • Flexible built-in file and plugin browsers
  • Optional plugin sandboxing (bridging)
  • Stem export
  • Chord pad with built-in and user presets, including the ability to generate chords from scales
  • Automatic project backups
  • Undoable user actions with serializable undo history
  • User scripting capabilities via Guile API
  • Hardware-accelerated UI
  • SIMD-optimized DSP
  • Cross-platform, cross-audio/MIDI backend and cross-architecture
  • Available in multiple languages including Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, French and German

For a full list of features, see the Features page on our website.

Current state

Zrythm is currently in beta. The project format is stable and we are working towards a v1 release.

Audio backends

Backend Status
JACK Supported and recommended
JACK (via PipeWire) Supported
PulseAudio (RtAudio) Supported
PulseAudio Has known issues
SDL2 Has known issues
ALSA (RtAudio) Supported
ALSA Broken
WASAPI (RtAudio) Supported
CoreAudio (RtAudio) Supported

MIDI backends

Backend Status
JACK MIDI Supported and recommended
JACK MIDI (via PipeWire) Supported
WindowsMME Has known issues
ALSA Sequencer (RtMidi) Supported
WindowsMME (RtMidi) Supported
CoreMIDI (RtMidi) Supported


Platform x86_64/AMD64/x64 AArch64/ARM64/ARMv8 ARMv7 PowerPC64 i386 i686
Windows × × × × ×
MacOS × × × ×

○: Supported △: Untested ×: Not supported

Building and Installation

See INSTALL.rst for build instructions. Prebuilt packages/installers available at https://www.zrythm.org/en/download.html.


See the user manual.




See HACKING.md and the developer docs.



Mailing lists

See mailing lists on sr.ht.


Issue trackers

See the Feature tracker and Bug tracker.



Copying Zrythm


See COPYING for general copying conditions and TRADEMARKS.md for our trademark policy.


If you would like to support this project please donate below or purchase a binary installer from https://www.zrythm.org/en/download.html - creating a DAW takes years of work and contributions enable us to spend more time working on the project.