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Project Description

aeltei is a virtual multi instrument environment using soundfonts. It allows one to use a keyboard to enter and play musical notes in a curses interface, i.e. on the command line. Current limitations include only support for one channel, no pitch bending, and no saving recordings as MIDI files.

aeltei only works on Python 2.x where x >= 5. Python 3 support would require Python 3 support in the modules used by this program.


aeltei is free software under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License version 3 (or any later version). The author of aeltei is Niels Serup, contactable at (for now, just use this address for bug reports). This is version 0.1.0 of the program.


To install aeltei the easy way, run:

easy_install aeltei

(You must be a superuser and have python-setuptools installed to do this.)

Alternatively, you can download aeltei either from or from and then install it from the downloaded file. This way you’ll also get useful example files. To install aeltei this way, run:

python install


aeltei depends on fluidsynth, mingus, pyFluidSynth, and the availability of a soundfont (free soundfonts come with fluidsynth).


Run aeltei --help.


aeltei uses Git for code management. To get the latest branch, download it from

$ git clone git://

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Copyright (C) 2011 Niels Serup

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