Music

The Mixbus mixer.

Introducing Mixbus And The Ardour3 Alpha

Mixbus (Figure 1) is a version of Ardour2 for Linux and OSX that replaces Ardour's native mixer with one designed by the Harrison company, a manufacturer of professional audio mixing boards. more>>

Fender Mustang amplifier

PLUG And The Fender Mustang

Recently I decided I needed a new guitar amplifier for my studio. Its sole employment would be studio work, so I looked for a small lightweight amp with a good sound, high-quality digital effects, and amplifier/cabinet modeling. Of course I'm always on the look-out for hardware that can be edited from a computer running Linux, and did I mention that a low cost would be nice ? more>>

Cover photo of The Audio Programming Book.

A Linux Audio Christmas

Some interesting items showed up under Dave's Christmas tree, including a new book by some old friends, a laptop keyboard (music, not QWERTY), and an excellent Linux audio plugin for high-quality reverb. Dave must have been a very good boy last year.

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Image of the Ceres spectral editor.

Linux Audio Update: The Fall Fashions

This week's entry looks at a unique new audio editor, some important updates, and a very cool programming environment for graphics (and much more). As always, some tasty treats are cooking in the Linux audio kitchen. more>>

Made with Ardour.

An Ecology Of Ardour

This article is a brief report on some of the current news and activities going on in the world of Ardour, Paul Davis's superb open-source digital audio workstation (DAW). What began as a labor of love has become one of the most significant projects in the world of Linux audio and in the more general world of Linux applications development. more>>

New Wine logo here.

New Wine: Running Windows Music & Sound Applications Under Wine 1.2

Wine runs many Windows programs nicely these days, including more and more serious music applications. Dave profiles some of those applications running under the latest & greatest Wine 1.2 more>>

Some lessons from Bruce Steinberg

Bruce Steinberg was the best Linux Journal reader I ever had, qualifying on the grounds of correspondence volume alone. His letters to this one editor were always long, and always thick with good humor, good advice, and rich history. Bruce was a Unix/Linux geek of the first water, and worked for many years at SCO, long before that "brand" was shamed at the end of its life. more>>

It's the logo for flexatone.net.

Algorithmic Music Composition With Linux - athenaCL

In this conclusion to my survey of algorithmic music composition systems for Linux I present Christopher Ariza's athenaCL. more>>

An image of the SciTE editor with CsoundAC code.

Introducing CsoundAC: Algorithmic Composition With Csound And Python

What happens when the world's most powerful waveform compiler meets one of the world's most popular programming languages ? Find out how one programmer makes it all work out in this introduction to CsoundAC. more>>

Spotify

Spotify Comes to Linux - Well, Some Linux

Spotify is a streaming music service that previously was only available to Windows and Mac users. Spotify offered a way for music lovers to enjoy their favorite tunes on their computers and gadgets legally. But Linux users were left out in the cold... until July 12. more>>

Serve Up Your Music with Zeya

Have you always wanted to set up your own music station to stream your latest music collection to your friends or colleagues? Have you been thinking lately of setting up an always-on music streaming server so that you can just open up your web browser and listen to your favorite tracks? A music server is great in a dormitory, laboratory or office where the file server can double up as the music server! I will show you how using Zeya. more>>

CountBeats—BPM Finder

CountBeats is a cracker of a little application—it's simple, yet it covers such a need for so many musicians. To quote the README file:

This is a simple little program designed to help you determine the speed of a piece of music on the radio or on a CD. more>>

Algorithmic Music Composition With Linux, Part 1

Dave leads a guided tour of three Linux software packages designed for making music by the numbers. more>>

Bristol synth screenshot

News In The Linux Audio World

There's always something noteworthy happening in Linux audio development. This week's news includes reports about a new Linux audio blog, music made by particle acceleration, how to use a laptop as a virtual music stand, synth emulation from the terminal command prompt, and watching the Linux Audio Conference on-line. more>>

another example of an Alberti bass

Linux Arpeggiators, Part 2

Part 1 of this series introduced arpeggiators in general and profiled the QMidiArp application. This week we conclude our survey with a look at two more arpeggiators for Linux musicians: Hypercyclic and Arpage. more>>

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