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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 11:40 pm    Post subject: Audio Software for Linux
Subject description: Doin some research and need some guide
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Hi, after using Windows for long long time, yesterday I decided to install Ubuntu in a new partition.
I can't tell you how pleasant it is to work with this OS. The GUI is light years further from Windows XP, it has a lot of features compared with other Intel OS but I find kind of lost in the search of a good open software for MIDI & audio.
Since I did not find any Linux focused forum I'm posting this one here. I'm sure that after so many years of Linux development there must be something if not so easy-to-install as Cakewalk or Cubase yet powerful enough to arrange complex MIDI/Audio projects.
My gear is a Intel Pentium IV 3Ghz two HD (250Gb each ATA) and 1Gb ram. Nord Lead 2x and Edirol UA-25. I've tried the Sonar LE that ships with the Edirol and it really sucks. I was going to buy Cubase SE but before that I would like to give a try to open Linux software. I need to use softsynths of course.
Any advice would be great!
Thanks.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

You should try "upgrading" to Ubuntu Studio ([url]ubuntustudio.org[/url]) - it comes with a bunch of software bundled with it. Rosegarden is the big hitter, cakewalk-like software.

Maybe this is a good place for you to start (it has the big list of software):
http://linux-sound.org/
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:58 am    Post subject: Re: Audio Software for Linux
Subject description: Doin some research and need some guide
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mau wrote:
Since I did not find any Linux focused forum


Found it for you Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:45 am    Post subject: Re: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Search it in google, you will get many under that.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

jksuperstar wrote:
You should try "upgrading" to Ubuntu Studio ([url]ubuntustudio.org[/url]) - it comes with a bunch of software bundled with it. Rosegarden is the big hitter, cakewalk-like software.

Maybe this is a good place for you to start (it has the big list of software):
http://linux-sound.org/
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I'd second this choice; I have Ubuntu Studio running on a laptop (in fact, the laptop no longer has Windows at all). ALSA supports the Edirol UA-25, and there are enough virtual instruments included in Ubuntu Studio to start you off. I also second Rosegarden as a starting composition environment. It is plenty functional.

We've actually documented quite a bit of this in this forum; have a look round.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 10:26 pm    Post subject: Thank you Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Well gentlemen, you have been of great help.
Now I feel in the right direction. Special thanks to Blue Hell for the forum advice.
Cheers!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2007 2:10 am    Post subject: energy-xt Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

energyXT2.0.2 - Music Production Software


"It's a fully fledged power- house of a sequencer..."
- Computer Music, 116

Ardour, Rosengarden thats the old fashion way.
EnergyXT2 is my number 1

http://www.energy-xt.com/xt2beta.php

http://www.energy-xt.com/download/beta/betaXT2linux.tar.gz

Traverso
http://traverso-daw.org/

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

www.linuxaudio.org

and in specific

apps.linuxaudio.org
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Have you try Ardour???
its open source software and it runs in Mac OS and Linux
I have not tried it but I was at the presentation and it seems
pretty good.

Ardour.org
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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Traverso is very well built and works for many things. But making music on Linux requires many tools linked (even though I dislike JACK in many ways).

I use Traverso, Energy XT2, LMMS, Rosegarden, Ardour, and MusE. They all work good together. ZynAddSubFX is a great synth, too.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

This thread is old, but I'll put in my 2 cents anyway. I've tried every bit of linux music software I could get my hands on and the ones that work best for me are:
seq24 - nice simple cubase/hardware like sequencer. It's pattern/loop oriented. You can turn looping sequences on or off like track mutes on a hardware sequencer, or arrange the sequences in song mode, and hase cubase style graphical editing.
ardour, audacity - recording
amsynth - analog modeling soft synth
specimen - simple sampler
trackers - milkytracker, renoise - old school amiga style tracking
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