A Basic Text-Based Recording Studio

Shrinkwrapped audio gear too expensive? Too inflexible? Perhaps not geeky enough? Why not use a Linux box as the main workhorse in your studio?

As we have demonstrated, it is possible to create a simple multitrack recording using a handful of Linux audio tools. Once we started jackd, it was a simple process of telling Ecasound where to receive input from and where to send output to as we recorded our initial track and overdubbed a series of subsequent tracks.

Each of these tracks has been stored in its own individual .wav file. This allows us to use any other soundfile editor to make manual modifications to the track before mixing a final track, which can then also be tweaked. Common applications for processing audio files include Ecasound, SoX and Audacity.

We have really just scratched the surface of this particular aspect of a large field. With luck, it will form a solid foundation on which you can build your creative genius!

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Matthew Geddes' hobbies are music and Linux. Luckily for him, and those around him, they also happen to be his career. When he's not playing his own stuff, he's listening to everything from Bach and Son House to Rachel Singleton and A norexia Nervosa. He can be reached at lj@musicalcarrion.com or through www.musicalcarrion.com.


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