Application Details:

Version: 1.2b
License: Free to use
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Bronze
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.1.18

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What works

Everything I've tested works better than it ever did on Windows. In fact all the Machines work including the ones that Buzz excluded in the official release cause they caused it to crash. Fact is Buzz doesn't even work on windows anymore so Wine is really your only modern option.

As best I've tested everything in Buzz works, HD recorder, all machines, effects patching, sequencers, wave table loader.

Buzz Instructions and software found here

Note: I also test on Fedora 7 with limited crashing issues (under the same version of WIne), though it has never crashed on Ubuntu.

What does not

Two things.

  • The only machine that doesn't work is PSI Drum II (which doesn't work on windows in version 1.x anyway.)
  • The tips and tricks dialog on starup doesn't show any tips or tricks, but if you needed that maybe you should just suck your thumb.


What was not tested

I don't think I missed anything.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

To get the "outdated" machines to work you will have to first find them and second manually copy them to the Gear folder (c_drive/Program Files/buzz/gear..) Though if you don't care about "outdated" machines then just run the base install package... no issues, just plain Buzz Tracker happiness.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 9.04 "Jaunty" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Apr 10 20091.1.18Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 11 20070.9.49.Yes Yes PlatinumMike Pee 
CurrentUbuntu 7.10 "Gutsy" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 10 20070.9.48.Yes Yes PlatinumMike Pee 

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HowTo / Notes


Running Jeskola Buzz Tracker on Linux
The ultimate insult is when MS upgrades its OS and alienates old software that its users rely on. Buzz is a one in a million program that's too weird to remake and too good to let die. It was made for Windows 98, which appears to be most of it's problem. It's like having the greatest race car driver and the slowest race car with a worthless pit crew.

How to make it work: (thanks to

  • Download buzz base installer. Note that this is one of the only binaries which actually work. Updated versions may have problems.
  • Run: wine buzz_base_install.exe
  • cd ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Buzz
  • wine buzz.exe
EXTRA: Here you will also find a tar.bz2 containing most all the machines - samplers, synths, reverbs, choruses.  Download it here. and then manually copy the gears folder to the ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/Buzz folder (again thanks to

It's advisable to to save early and safe often. Occasionally adding a machine to your song will crash Buzz. Note this has always been the case and is not due to Wine or Linux. Please leave a bug report here if you find a machine which does so.

Here & here are sample loops which Flavor8 has made to demonstrate how everything fits together. Mix out some of the channels to get a feel for how you could use this live.

Note that Buzz does support direct HD audio output as well, in MS PCM Wav of coarse.


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