4Front Technologies develops audio solutions for Linux and UNIX
operating systems. 4Front's major products are Open Sound System,
X MultiMedia System and OSS/3D.
Open Sound System:
Open Sound System (OSS) is an audio architecture to support
digital audio and MIDI on Linux and UNIX operating systems.
Open Sound System is essentially a set of device drivers
that provide a uniform API across all the major processor
architectures and support popular off-the-shelf sound
cards. Applications written to the OSS API are source code
compatible across all supported platforms. OSS is supported
by a large number of open source as well as commercial
audio applications for audio recording and playback,
MIDI music synthesis, speech recognition and generation,
video and DVD playback, video conferencing, VOIP,
video games and Java audio applications.
More information is available at
X MultiMedia System:
4Front Technologies is also the main developer for X MultiMedia System
(XMMS). XMMS is a multimedia player that supports CD audio, MP3, Ogg,
Wav, MOD, MIDI, MPEG, DVD and a variety of other audio and video
formats. XMMS provides an easy to use GUI with features for music
visualization, GUI skins, and many other features. More
information on XMMS is available at:
OSS/3D comprises of a set of proprietary audio quality enhancement
DSPs that provide audio spatialization, depth perception,
bass boost, fidelity enhancement, audio restoration,
speaker/headphone parameters correction and additional
high quality technologies. OSS/3D works with standard 2-speaker
stereo systems, and is compatible to surround decoders.
More information on on OSS/3D is available at: