Making Wonderful Penguin Music

I'm really into electronic music and just recently thought about making some. Linux, being my favorite kernel in the world, and Fedora and Debian being my favorite distributions, I figured what better way to get into electronic music than putting the Penguin to work? So I hop on google, and find a wonderful site called It has a great selection of tools in one place. I read some very basic reviews and RoseGarden seems to be the winner so now I'm off to smell some roses...

Ohh and one more thing... While researching music making software the thought came to me about the uproar electronic music made when it first hit the scene. "Ohh no!!!" cried many a musician, "My job is going to be taken away from me! What do I do?" Hrmm, kind of reminds me of the way many music executives are crying foul about the new type of "electronic music," the one sans CD.


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JZA's picture

I personally have tried TerminatorX althought I dont like electronic music but I love hip hop this is a really nice tool to get some scratching on. TerminatorX is no longer offered by my favorite distro, Mandriva. But I really liked the way all these tools can work together.

terminatorx is in the

Kristian Erik Hermansen's picture

terminatorx is in the default Ubuntu repositories...give it a shot :-)

root@hermbuntu-desktop:~# aptitude show terminatorx
Package: terminatorx
State: not installed
Version: 3.82-7ubuntu2
Priority: optional
Section: universe/sound
Maintainer: Ubuntu MOTU Developers
Uncompressed Size: 1331k
Depends: libasound2 (> 1.0.12), libatk1.0-0 (>= 1.13.1), libaudiofile0 (>=
0.2.3-4), libc6 (>= 2.5-0ubuntu1), libcairo2 (>= 1.4.2), libcap1,
libfontconfig1 (>= 2.4.0), libgcc1 (>= 1:4.1.2), libglib2.0-0 (>=
2.12.9), libgtk2.0-0 (>= 2.10.3), libjack0.100.0-0 (>= 0.102.20),
liblrdf0, libmad0 (>= 0.15.1b), libpango1.0-0 (>= 1.16.1), libstdc++6
(>= 4.1.2), libvorbis0a (>= 1.1.2), libvorbisfile3 (>= 1.1.2),
libx11-6, libxcursor1 (> 1.1.2), libxext6, libxfixes3 (>= 1:4.0.1),
libxi6, libxinerama1, libxml2 (>= 2.6.27), libxrandr2 (>= 2:1.2.0),
libxrender1, libxxf86dga1, zlib1g (>= 1:1.2.1), debconf (>= 0.5) |
debconf-2.0, vorbis-tools, sox, mpg321, ladspa-sdk, scrollkeeper
Suggests: yelp, ladspa-plugin
Description: A realtime audio synthesizer
terminatorX is a realtime audio synthesizer that allows you to "scratch" on
digitally sampled audio data (*.wav, *.au, *.mp3, etc.) the way hiphop-DJs
scratch on vinyl records. It features multiple turntables, realtime effects
(built-in as well as LADSPA plugin effects), a sequencer and an easy-to-use
gtk+ GUI.

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