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A year revisited February 29, 2008

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As more and more musicians contemplate making the move to linux for audio work I thought it relevant when Inormal_DJ-tux-3_overlord59-tux.jpg came across a link on the LAU (Linux Audio User) mailing list to Sebastian Tschöpel’s blog and one post in particular that reflects on his experience making the move, or as Sebastian puts it:

I thought it would be time to sum up the experiences I made in the past year working (irregular) with Linux as audio production platform.

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Songbird – Play the web! February 15, 2008

Posted by oktyabr in audio, cross platform, listen to this, musik links, open source, other cool stuff, software, web.
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Songbird

Songbird is a cross-platform web browser based on mozilla… that also finds music for you on the web… that also plays music, both from the web and your local drives… and acts as a music organizer letting you categorize, sort, search, and re-discover your tunes and playlists! Did I mention that it’s a web browser?!?!


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Dream a little dream… of Debian February 13, 2008

Posted by oktyabr in debian, games, graphics, hacking, hardware, linux, opinions, personal, realtime, screenshots, software.
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Some of you might have noticed I haven’t posted much on the linux front (or any other for that matter!) for awhile… This post is likely to be the first of several in a related series and the first to explain why I haven’t posted and why I am again now!

To make a long story short I moved across the state, built a new computer and ended up using wireless as my only connection to the net for the very first time…

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Ubuntu Studio: An interview with Project Manager Cory Kontros January 27, 2007

Posted by oktyabr in audio, debian, digg, linux, make music, personal, realtime, ubuntu.
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I’ve known about, written about and even participated in the Ubuntu Studio project (in a limited capacity) in the past but had pretty much given it up as a project with good ideas but still a long way from any sort of maturity or release as a “distro” in it’s own right… until a link on Digg.com appeared quite recently. It seems that the project has found new momentum with new leadership and I thought I would take a closer look for myself.

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ALSA sound card order January 18, 2007

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Sweet solution from the [linux-audio-user] mailing list!

On 1/3/07, David Stephens wrote:

>> simple solution sudo asoundconf list prints a list of all sound cards in the system
> sudo asoundconf set-default-card “very nice sound card”

linux-audio-user: Re: [linux-audio-user] Alsa sound card order.

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Do you aacPlus ?! December 28, 2006

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You know in these days where over half of the modern world now connects by “broadband” as opposed to dialup I find it particularly interesting when technology not only increases our bandwidth but rather improves how we use it. aacPlus aka AAC+ aka HE-AAC is just one such improvement, especially if you listen to as much streaming music as I do!

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Kubuntu 7.04 “Feisty Fawn” Herd 1: realtime test drive! December 8, 2006

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So what’s this sexy new *buntu have under the hood?

More importantly (at least to me!) is it any good for multimedia?

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Dyne:bolic 2.3 dhoruba review December 5, 2006

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Today I’m going to (try to) review Dyne:bolic 2.3, code named “Dhoruba Solid State”!

Dyne:bolic 2.3 is a “live CD” meaning that you can run it anywhere on any machine that has a CD-ROM drive. The computer doesn’t even need a harddrive to run a “live” CD! But best of all this is a live “multimedia” distro!

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Splicemusic: Tubes v.3 my first splice mix (remixed) December 2, 2006

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Well, here we go!


As I said in my previous post I’ve been playing with Splicemusic a lot lately, even to the point of neglecting my blog!

What I have for you today is called “Tubes v.3”. It’s the third remix of a song I started a week ago and just could never get it to a point where I considered it “done”.

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Splicemusic online December 2, 2006

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Ok, I’m guilty…

I’ve been having so much fun playing around with Splicemusic myself that I have totally ignored that fact that this website is definately aching for a blogpost! So, better late than never, let me introduce Splicemusic beta!

Ever wanted to remix some songs? Ever heard a cool drum break that got you thinking exactly what you would do with it if you had the software? Have a couple of recordings you did as the “human beatbox” on your desktop microphone and nothing fun to do with them? Well, my friends, Splice
may be exactly what the doctor ordered…

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64 Studio 1.0 “Olympic” released December 2, 2006

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After mutilating my most recent install, an early 0.94 release dist-upgraded to 0.99 and then morphed into something completely different
with a liberal dose of debian “unstable” and even (GASP!) “experimental” I thought the release of “Olympic” couldn’t have come at a better time! Downloaded the single ISO (I run the x86 version instead of the 64bit due to my fondness of flash based websites ~rolls eyes~) and burned successfully, I popped it in the drive in my primary machine and gave it a whirl…

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Windows music creation: MIDI studio for FREE! October 19, 2006

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Music Composition: MIDI studio for FREE!

If you don’t know what MIDI is it stands for “Musical Instrument Digital Interface” and encompasses not only common protocols that enable different software and hardware to exchange data but also may be thought of as a means of conveying the information itself (i.e., “.mid files”). If you need more than that it’s been around since the early 1980’s and google will turn up quite a few links Wink

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Windows music creation: VST wrappers aka Softsynths for n00bs October 19, 2006

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Music Composition: VST wrappers aka Soft Synths for n00bs

I’m no musician!!! And this topic is much broader than I could possibly cover here by myself in any reasonable amount of time! But I absolutely love sound and music. I love pressing a button and making a sound, especially if it is a sound uniquely tuned by me. Are there others out there too? I think so… So let’s make a sound:

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Windows music creation: Synthesizers and Effects October 19, 2006

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Music Compositon: Synthesizers and Effects

One of my sparkling gems in this category has to be ZynAddSubFx! This isn’t just a “synthesizer”, it’s a whole freakin synthesizer workshop! Polyphonic, multitimbral and microtonal, this bit of kit comes with so many bells and whistles that the author could probably write a 200+ page users manual, if he wanted to. Superior to many of the commercial soft-synths (and hard synths too!) out there this one won’t cost you a dime. Cross-platform too! Of course Zyn isn’t the only FREE “softsynth” out there!

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Windows Music Creation: Tracker apps October 19, 2006

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Music Composition: Tracker – apps

This is something that I have been exploring to some depth in the linux world (just ask me! I dare ya! Laughing ) and have accumulated some valuable links for the windows world as a fringe benefit!

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