# What is Zrythm
Zrythm is a digital audio workstation designed to be featureful and
easy to use. It allows limitless automation, supports LV2 plugins,
works with the JACK audio backend, provides chord assistance, is free
software and can be used in English, French, Portuguese, Japanese and
# Current state
We believe that Zrythm is now in the late alpha stage where most
essential features are implemented and it's starting to be more stable,
and we are approaching beta. It seems to be usable for MIDI-based
workflows and the UI is very responsive on well-tuned machines.
## Optimized UI
The drawing code for many parts of the interface has been rewritten
with optimization in mind. We saw big improvements in performance and
CPU usage, so if you tried Zrythm before and your CPU usage was going
crazy, or if it was laggy on your machine, we highly suggest you give
the new release a spin.
More specifically, the following were composite GTK widgets before,
which was causing too many calculations to be done and lag when too
many objects were on the screen - something not acceptable for a DAW.
We converted them into canvases, which means that everything inside
these gets drawn in one go, avoiding the need for multi-step, nested
- Timeline arranger
- All editors (piano roll, chord editor, automation editor, audio
- Piano roll keys
## Experimental VST support
We added support for Linux VSTs.
## Many, many bugfixes
You will find that Zrythm is much more stable now. If you spot any
bugs/crashes, PLEASE report them. We want to fix all of them.
## More distros supported
Debian 9 (stretch) and all derivatives (Ubuntu 18.04, AVLinux,
LinuxMint 19.3, LibraZik 2, etc.) are now supported.
Many people were having problems installing supported versions of some
dependencies, such as lilv. Zrythm can now automatically fetch and
build these dependencies as a fallback if they are not found, thanks to
meson's wrap system.