Pitch Perfect Penguins

My daughters love the movie Pitch Perfect. I suspect our XBMC has played it more than 100 times, and I'm not exaggerating. Whether or not you enjoy young-adult movies about singing competitions and cartoon-like projectile vomiting, I'll admit it's a pretty fun movie. The question my girls ask me most often is about the audio-mixing software the protagonist uses to make her "sick beats".

Although Anna Kendrick uses a Macintosh in the movie, and the software's name is obscured or changed in close-ups, it's easy to tell the software she uses is Mixxx. The cool part for me is that while indeed Mixxx works on OS X, it's an open-source application that works natively in Linux as well. That means, in the eyes of my daughters, Linux is now super-cool.

Mixxx is an editing package with incredible visual tools. It's designed to "mix" several songs or rhythm tracks and export a completed song. The very nice GUI makes mixing audio easy to understand, and the interface itself is apparently cool enough for Hollywood. So whether you want to make your own "wicked tracks" or join an a cappella group, Mixxx is just the tool for you. Also, I recommend watching Pitch Perfect, one or two of those XBMC viewings might have been my own!


Shawn is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.


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What in the name of all that

Damianus's picture

What in the name of all that is holy is this, I don't think I've seen mixing software looking so good and complex on windows.

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Wow didn't knew that

PenguinUser's picture

I thought she was running some cool audio editing program found only on Mac.

Thanks for sharing this.

First a DJ'ing Program

CFWhitman's picture

Mixxx was first designed as a program for live DJ'ing. It is of course still very good at this and is popular software for this purpose (I've used it for this several times).

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