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The open source framework for sample based instruments.**

HISE is a cross-platform open source audio application for building virtual instruments. It emphasizes on sampling, but includes some basic synthesis features for making hybrid instruments as well as audio effects. You can export the instruments as VST / AU / AAX plugins or as standalone application for Windows / macOS or iOS.

More information:

HISE website

System requirements

Supported OS:

HISE is tested on Windows and OSX with the following hosts:

It supports x86 and x64 on Windows, altough the 64bit version is highly recommended (it uses memory mapping for accessing samples and because of the limitations of the 32bit memory address space it needs a slower fallback solution).


Sampler engine


Audio Effects

Javascript interpreter

C / C++ compiler


How to compile HISE

Windows / OSX

  1. Clone this repository. It also includes the (slightly modified) JUCE source code, so it might take a while.
  2. Get all necessary 3rd party code:
  3. Open the Projucer (there are compiled versions for every supported OS in the tools/projucer subdirectory) and load the HISE project (either projects/standalone/HISE Standalone.jucer or project/plugin/HISE.jucer)
  4. Make sure the VST / ASIO path settings is correct on your system. If you don't have IPP installed, set the USE_IPP flag in the hi_core module to 0.
  5. Click on "Save Project and open in IDE" to load the project in XCode / Visual Studio.
  6. Hit compile and wait...

Compiling without IPP on OSX

If you don't have Intel Performance Primitives installed on your machine, you need to change the Projucer file. Open the .jucer file in the Projucer (like in step 3 above), click on the Xcode (MacOSX) target and delete this from the Extra Linker Flags field:

``` /opt/intel/ipp/lib/libippi.a /opt/intel/ipp/lib/libipps.a /opt/intel/ipp/lib/libippvm.a /opt/intel/ipp/lib/libippcore.a ```

Then remove the include directories from the Debug and Release configurations (Remove everything in the Header Search Paths and Extra Library Search Paths. As last step, you'll need to change the USE_IPP flag. Click on the hi_core module and change the USE_IPP field to disabled. Then proceed with step 5...


  1. Get these dependencies (taken from the JUCE forum):

``` sudo apt-get -y install llvm sudo apt-get -y install clang sudo apt-get -y install libfreetype6-dev sudo apt-get -y install libx11-dev sudo apt-get -y install libxinerama-dev sudo apt-get -y install libxrandr-dev sudo apt-get -y install libxcursor-dev sudo apt-get -y install mesa-common-dev sudo apt-get -y install libasound2-dev sudo apt-get -y install freeglut3-dev sudo apt-get -y install libxcomposite-dev sudo apt-get -y install libcurl4-gnutls-dev ```

  1. Clone this repository.
  2. Open the Projucer (a precompiled Linux binary can be found at tools/projucer). Load the project projects/standalone/HISE Standalone.jucer and resave the project (this will generate the Makefile with correct Linux paths).
  3. Open the terminal and navigate to this subdirectory: projects/standalone/Builds/LinuxMakefile
  4. If you want to compile an optimized version of HISE, change these lines in the makefile:

    ```makefile ifndef CONFIG CONFIG=Debug endif ```


    ```makefile ifndef CONFIG CONFIG=Release endif ```

  5. type make and wait.


HISE is licensed under the GPL v3, but there will be a commercial license for closed source usage. Every instrument you'll build will inheritate this license so in order to release a closed source product you'll have to obtain a HISE commercial license as well as a JUCE commercial license. Please get in touch with me for further informations.

Included frameworks

For FFT routines and some vector operations, it is recommended to build HISE against the Intel IPP library (not included).

Apart from the JUCE C++ library, there are some other 3rd party frameworks and libraries included in HISE, which are all non restrictively licenced (either BSD or MIT):

©2017 HISE. This documentation is autogenerated from the HISE source code using Doxygen.