QjackCtl JACK Audio Connection Kit - Qt GUI Interface
What's QjackCtl ?
Written in C++ around the Qt4 toolkit for X11, most exclusively using Qt Designer.
Provides a simple GUI dialog for setting several JACK daemon parameters, which are properly saved between sessions, and a way control of the status of the audio server daemon. With time, this primordial interface has become richer by including a enhanced patchbay and connection control features.
QjackCtl is free, open-source software, distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2 or later.
Project page: http://sourceforge.net/projects/qjackctl
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The software requirements for build and runtime are listed as follows:
- Qt 4 (core, gui, xml), C++ class library and tools for crossplatform development and internationalization
- JACK Audio Connection Kit
Optional (opted-in at build time):
- ALSA, Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
2014-10-19 - JACK Pretty-names aliasing.
- JACK client/port pretty-name (metadata) support is being introduced and seamlessly integrated with old Connections client/port aliases editing (rename) (refactored from an original patch by Paul Davis, thanks). (EXPERIMENTAL)
- Application close confirm warning is now raising the main window as visible and active for due top level display, especially applicable when minimized to the system tray.
- Messages standard output capture has been slightly improved as for non-blocking i/o, whenever available.
- Translations install directory change.
- Allow the build system to include an user specified LDFLAGS.
- Missing input/output-latency parameter settings now settled for the D-BUS controlled JACK server and firewire back-end driver.
You can browse all files available for download, including binary packages, at QjackCtl Files on SourceForge.net.
The installation procedure follows the standard for source distributions. In the extracted source directory, just do:
and optionally as root:
This procedure will end installing the following files:
Just launch prefix
/bin/qjackctl and you're off (hopefully). Note that the default installation path prefix is
QjackCtl holds its settings and configuration state per user, in a file located as
$HOME/.config/rncbc.org/QjackCtl.conf. Normally, there's no need to edit this file, as it is recreated and rewritten everytime qjackctl is run.
Probably plenty still, QjackCtl maybe considered on beta stage already. It has been locally tested since JACK release 0.98.0, with custom 2.4 kernels with low-latency, preemptible and capabilities enabling patches. As for 2.6 kernels, the emergence of Ingo Molnar's Realtime Preemption kernel patch it's being now recommended for your taking benefit of the realtime and low-latency audio pleasure JACK can give.
QjackCtl is open source free software. For bug reports, feature requests, discussion forums, mailling lists, or any other matter related to the development of this piece of software, please use the Sourceforge project page.
You can also find timely and closer contact information on my personal web site.
QjackCtl's user interface primordial layout (and the whole idea for that matter) was partially borrowed from Lawrie Abbott's jacko project, which was just taken from wxWindow/Python into the Qt/C++ arena.
Since 2003-08-06, QjackCtl has been included in the awesome Planet CCRMA software collection. Thanks a lot Fernando!
It's not on every regular day that you get to see one piece of the trade pointing two of your creations right in the title, is it?
Thanks Dave! You rule!
Here are some people who helped this project in one way or another, and in fair and strict alphabetic order:
A very special mention should go to the translators of QjackCtl:
Thanks to you all.
rncbc aka Rui Nuno Capela
rncbc at rncbc dot org