At the Sounding Edge: FreeWheeling

An introduction to audio looping software and a fun program to test drive it.
Documentation

As mentioned above, the main source of documentation for FreeWheeling is the .fweelin.rc file. FreeWheeling's author also has provided a direct introduction to FreeWheeling in a series of AVI videos. A demo and three tutorials currently are available from the FreeWheeling Web site, and a fourth tutorial should be on-line soon. The FreeWheeling mail-list supplies another source of information about the program and how its users work with it. In addition to this documentation, a number of demonstration soundfiles are available on the FreeWheeling Web site.

Rolling On

FreeWheeling is very musical software, inviting users to play in a powerful real-time composition environment. It also is still-maturing software: I crashed RH9 and FC3 a few times while stumbling around FreeWheeling's keyboard controls. In addition, there are some user-level enhancements I'd love to see, such as JACK transport synchronization and the ability to rename loops and scenes within FreeWheeling. Fortunately, programmer/musician JP Mercury is dedicated to improving FreeWheeling and welcomes suggestions for expanding its capabilities. I must confess that I almost had too much fun with FreeWheeling even at its elemental levels, and as I learn more about it, I also see its deeper possibilities. If you want to play with a real-time loop-based performance instrument, then you need to check out FreeWheeling.

Next month I'll continue my review of Linux audio looping software by looking into Jesse Chappell's SooperLooper.

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Great Article

Anonymous's picture

Okay, I just want to say I struggled with understanding the concept of this software for a while. Aside from a couple AVIs that I couldn't play from my crippled system, I couldn't find much help with this program.

I found this article and had the program working great within a matter of minutes. I hope this article stays on the web for a long long time because otherwise there would be no hope for neophytes like myself.

ReZound

Anonymous's picture

Compared to this piece of software I think, ReZound (rezound.sf.net) is much better

Not at all the same thing!

Anonymous's picture

Freewheeling is a realtime looper with very musical controls... ReZound is a sound editor. I don't see how you can compare them at all.

Rezound vs. FreeWheeling

Anonymous's picture

I think both softwares follow completely different approaches and can't be compared.

Compared to this piece of sof

Anonymous's picture

Compared to this piece of software I think, ReZound (rezound.sf.net) is much better

Or...

Anonymous's picture

Compared to this piece of software I think, OpenOffice.org (www.openoffice.org) and Firefox (www.mozilla.com) is much better :)

- Peder

Author's reply

Anonymous's picture

I'm curious why you would compare the two programs. ReZound is an excellent editor for soundfiles, not a looping sampler for live use. Have you employed ReZound in a manner similar to FW's working method ?

Best,

Dave Phillips

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