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Unleash your inner musician

Fedora jam is for audio enthusiasts and musicians who want to create, edit and produce audio and music. It comes with Jack, ALSA and Pulseaudio by default, and a suite of programs to tailor your studio. It also includes all of the biggest audio applications, including Ardour, Audacity, Qtractor, Musescore, Frescobaldi, all the latest LADSPA/LV2 plugins and many more.

Installing the Fedora Jam audio packages

If you want to use your own Desktop Environment (rather than KDE as used by the spin) you can simply just install the Fedora Jam audio packages. To do this:

sudo yum groupinstall "Audio Production"

This will install all of the audio packages currently on the spin.

Downloading the spin

To download the audio spin:

1. Go to the nightly composes page.

latest f25 is here:

2. Look for the latest entry with "fedora-live-jam_kde" for your architecture (i386 or x86_64)

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3. Select the ISO link at the bottom of the following page (first link in the Output section):

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Customizing Your Jam

There are a number of things you might like to do to make the most of your session. These include:

  • disable KDE Desktop Effects
    • According to Martin Gräßlin's blog post (N.B., he is the lead developer of KWin), we should recommend users leave "desktop effects" enabled, but disable every effect individually.
  • configure and enable rtirq (prioritize your realtime softirq audio threads). Instructions here.
  • configure JACK


Help via Chat

Users and developers are available in the #fedora-audio irc channel on for real-time conversations. General help is available in irc channel on For help using IRC, please visit the Fedora IRC how-to .

Help via Email

Users and developers are also available on the mailing list at .

General help with Fedora is available on the Fedora users' mailing list at .

For guidance on how to interact on Fedora mailing lists, please review the Fedora Mailing List Guidelines.

Useful Links

Here are some other resources to help you on your way:


The Jam spin is a project developed by the Audio Creation Special Interest Group (SIG). Joining the Audio SIG is as simple as being part of Fedora and having a love for music and sound. Once you are a contributor to Fedora, you can join the SIG and communicate with the rest of the team in the usual Fedora channels .

If you have no idea how to contribute here are some proposals where we need help:

  • Packagers: There are always new and interesting packages that are not yet packaged for Fedora. Package it to improve the user experience.
  • Reviewers: Only a few persons are doing the audio-related reviews. Help us reviewing so that more packages could be included.
  • Testers: Testers can help out by trying out the nightlies development ISOs or testing new packages in the updates-testing repository and report bugs, bugs, bugs, request enhancements or features. Nightly ISO images are available from the nightly composes page. Look for jam-kde and proceed to the task info link for the x86_64 (64bit) or 686 (32bit) builds
  • Bugs: Become a BugZapper and help us with audio-related bugs.
  • Documentation writers: We always welcome contributors to the Fedora Musicians Guide .
  • Wiki: Maintain this wiki and keep it updated with end user information.
  • Artists: To provide desktop themes / wallpapers for each upcoming release

Package Index

Spin Packages

The following packages have been included in the released Live ISO.


  • jack-audio-connection-kit (jack2)
  • jack-audio-connection-kit-dbus
  • qjackctl
  • jackctlmmc


  • pulseaudio-module-jack
  • pavucontrol


  • qsynth
  • fluidsynth
  • fluid-soundfont-gm
  • fluidsynth-dssi
  • timidity++
  • qmidiarp
  • vmpk
  • harmonyseq
  • a2jmidid


  • hydrogen
  • bristol
  • monobristol
  • zynaddsubfx
  • yoshimi
  • swami
  • Add64
  • synthv1
  • samplv1
  • drumkv1
  • ams


  • rakarrack
  • guitarix
  • tuxguitar

Recording and DAW's

  • audacity
  • ardour
  • rosegarden4
  • seq24
  • muse
  • qtractor
  • non-session-manager

Audio Plugins / Utilities

  • calf
  • jack-rack
  • ladspa
  • zita-at1
  • zita-rev1
  • sooperlooper

  • ladspa-amb-plugins
  • ladspa-autotalent-plugins
  • ladspa-blop-plugins
  • ladspa-cmt-plugins
  • ladspa-fil-plugins
  • ladspa-mcp-plugins
  • ladspa-rev-plugins
  • ladspa-swh-plugins
  • ladspa-tap-plugins
  • ladspa-vco-plugins

  • lv2-avw-plugins
  • lv2-fil-plugins
  • lv2-invada-plugins
  • lv2-kn0ck0ut
  • lv2-ll-plugins
  • lv2-swh-plugins
  • lv2-vocoder-plugins
  • lv2-zynadd-plugins
  • lv2dynparam
  • lv2-abGate
  • lv2-c++-tools
  • lv2-samplv1
  • lv2-synthv1
  • lv2-drumkv1

  • nekobee-dssi
  • whysynth-dssi
  • xsynth-dssi
  • hexter-dssi
  • zynjacku

  • jamin
  • lash
  • jack_capture
  • jaaa
  • japa
  • jmeters
  • qastools
  • arpage
  • realTimeConfigQuickScan
  • rtirq

Writing & Publishing

  • emacs
  • emacs-color-theme
  • vim
  • nano
  • mscore
  • lilypond
  • frescobaldi
  • mup


  • idjc

Additional Packages

The list above is by no means an exhaustive list of what's available in Fedora. Examples of some newly packaged software are:

  • ardour3 - the latest version of the flagship DAW for linux
  • lv2-sorcer - a wave table synthesizer plugin
  • lv2-artyfx-plugins - a number of useful LV2 plugins
  • lv2-fabla - a drum sampler plugin