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Post subject: Linux Music Forum?  PostPosted: 01.09.2011, 12:25



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Dear all,

I'd like to set up a very simple home recording system with GNU/Linux. Preferably I'd like to use it in my main computer (running aptosid), so that I don't have to reboot all the time, but I'd be willing to set a different installation (preferably of aptosid or pure Debian).

Does any one have any recommendations on a good linux music forum(s) or any suggested online (or off line) reading?

For what is worth, I want to set up something very simple. I want to play MIDI files, with improved instruments sounds (e.g., I heard soundfonts work with Linux) and then record one (at a time) instrument over the MIDI file.

(My strongest desire is to have really good instrument sounds for the MIDI files, but for real and usual instruments. E.g., a few very good drum sets, basses, strings, pianos, hammonds, rhodes, synths, etc.)

Some effects plugins would be nice, but not necessary. Also, a way to edit/create the MIDI files by writing in usual sheet music notation (or some other notation) would again be nice, but not necessary.

Please let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions.


Thanks,

Luis
 
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Post subject: RE: Linux Music Forum?  PostPosted: 01.09.2011, 12:59
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http://linuxmusicians.com/
 
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Post subject: RE: Linux Music Forum?  PostPosted: 01.09.2011, 15:05



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Thanks, Muchan. Do you work with music in Linux?
 
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Post subject: RE: Linux Music Forum?  PostPosted: 01.09.2011, 19:35
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Not so much. I work at computer, so for recreation, better go away from computer..
 
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Post subject: RE: Linux Music Forum?  PostPosted: 02.09.2011, 17:14



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I have used Wavepad from NCH, it runs in W$, the trial version was good enough for me.
You record in WAV, edit in many ways and then also can encode to MP3 or other formats
at different bit rates.

See if you can it run in aptosid. I have not tried. Maybe they have Linux versions.

There is also some LinuxStudio. There was. There maybe.

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I have been using audacity to record old vinyl records. It is a bit "tweaky" to set up, but very powerful for my purpose. It has good tools for noise and click editing.
 
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Post subject: Re: Linux Music Forum?  PostPosted: 09.09.2011, 20:42



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      finotti wrote:
Does any one have any recommendations on a good linux music forum(s) or any suggested online (or off line) reading?

Click the pretty icons Cool
http://sound.condorow.net/
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For what is worth, I want to set up something very simple. I want to play MIDI files, with improved instruments sounds (e.g., I heard soundfonts work with Linux) and then record one (at a time) instrument over the MIDI file.

(My strongest desire is to have really good instrument sounds for the MIDI files, but for real and usual instruments. E.g., a few very good drum sets, basses, strings, pianos, hammonds, rhodes, synths, etc.)

Some effects plugins would be nice, but not necessary. Also, a way to edit/create the MIDI files by writing in usual sheet music notation (or some other notation) would again be nice, but not necessary.

I mostly just do audio recording (using Ardour) at the mo, but have dabbled in other stuff:
- Hydrogen drum machine
- seq24 is a very simple but cool sequencer

For MIDI sequencing you could try Rosegarden, Muse, and many others; browse the categories on Dave's great site for ideas (some links may be 404 by now). e.g.:

http://sound.condorow.net/sounds.html
http://sound.condorow.net/notation.html
http://sound.condorow.net/midi.html

I originally used a distro called 64 Studio (originally based on Debian) but it got rather olde and changed to a Ubuntu-based distro, so I discovered aptosid and haven't looked back. Apart from a minor fixable issue (upstream/cross-distro) with no sound last month my experience has been great - you no longer need to run a specialised audio distribution nor tweak+compile kernels - just apt-get whatever programs you want Smile

If anyone is interested in music, I recently built a new audio computer which runs aptosid like a dream:

http://www.thesmith.org.uk/music/studio/computer.html

Installing aptosid from a USB stick took a staggering 1'37" flat! Yes, that's one minute and 37 seconds to install the entire operating system! Gotta love SSDs and SATA3 Cool
 
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Post subject: RE: Re: Linux Music Forum?  PostPosted: 10.09.2011, 04:27



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Thanks all for the comments.

Spock: did you add new repositories to aptosid? (I know, I am aware of the dragons.) Do you use slh kernels or do you use realtime ones? My life would be simpler if I could just use aptosid, even if it would be a different installation where I could accept some risks.
 
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Post subject: RE: Re: Linux Music Forum?  PostPosted: 10.09.2011, 09:03



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No way! I just use aptosid repositories (as is recommended) and slh kernels, which work fine. This is a minimal XFCE install running Fluxbox, stripped back to the bone with only essential packages. To be safe, I try not to run Iceweasel+Gnash/GIMP or other hefty apps while doing heavy multitracking, even on my six-core 16GB machine. But I'm not using many plugins or softsynths (yet).
 
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