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Important Notice: XO Wave is now discontinued as we prepare to bring you the next generation Digital Audio Workstation called Xonami. This site remains available for anyone who purchased XO Wave in the past. However, please keep in mind that as discontinued software:

  • This site may not contain up-to-date information.
  • Technical support is discontinued, though we will do our best to continue to provide email support, especially to anyone who purchased recently.

XO Wave: Installation Guide

Yup, it's that easy to install XO Wave.
Putting the icon in your dock is easy, too!

This guide describes a basic installation on a single Mac OS X or Linux workstation. For information on advanced configuration, such as installation on multiple machines or to a non-default location, see the Advanced Installation Guide.


Mac: XO Wave should run without difficulty on any Mac OS X 10.4.4+ system with a G4 or G5 processor which meets Apple's system requirements, and includes at least 256mb of RAM. A faster CPU and more RAM will allow more tracks and effects. A good graphics card is recommended, especially for video sync. A CD burner that supports CD Text is required for CD burning. XO Wave supports most Core Audio devices.

Linux: XO Wave runs on Linux. The system requirements are:

  • x86 Processor (686-class or better, e.g., AMD Athlon/Opteron, Intel Pentium 3/4/Xeon/Core, etc.)
  • 256mb RAM or more
Operating System
XO Wave runs on most Linux distributions. The installer will warn you if libraries are missing. X11 and a window manager are required for the GUI. Additionally, XO Wave may run on FreeBSD systems with Linux compatibility features installed, but this is not a supported configuration. If you would like FreeBSD support, XO Audio is interested in knowing so we can gauge demand.
Sound Card
XO Wave uses PortAudio for audio I/O. In theory, OSS, ALSA, and JACK should all work, though trouble has been reported with ALSA's OSS emulation as well as some ALSA devices. Whatever device you use must be configured already. Note that running sound daemons (artsd & esd) may interfere with XO Wave. See README.Linux.txt for more information (all supported Macs include compatible audio hardware).
Your system must have a Java 1.4.2 or better VM installed. Java can be downloaded for free from www.java.com. Note that some versions of Linux (including Red Hat) ship with gcj, which is not yet a complete Java environment. Instead you should use JVMs available from Blackdown, Sun, or IBM instead.
Optional: cdrecord
XO Wave can burn audio CDs using cdrecord on Linux. Without cdrecord installed, XO Wave will run but CD burning will be disabled. Note that many Linux distributions put cdrecord in a package called cdrtools.

Installation: Mac OS X

  1. Download the appropriate archive from the XO Wave web site http://www.xowave.com/.
  2. Double-click the disk image to mount it.
  3. Read README.MacOSX.txt on the disk image for last-minute notes.
  4. Drag XO Wave to your hard disk (/Applications is recommended).
  5. Double-click XO Wave (on the hard disk) to launch it.

Please see the Quick Start Guide if you are unsure where to go from here.

Installation: Linux

  1. Download the appropriate archive from the XO Wave web site http://www.xowave.com/.
  2. Extract (Linux) the downloaded file.
  3. Follow the instructions in README.Linux.txt.

Please see the Quick Start Guide if you are unsure where to go from here.

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