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Monolithic

Monolithic set ups are where you do all your work in one program. This is the most common approach people using Windows and Mac audio software will be used to. In Linux, JACK allows for very modular set ups, although some applications are fully featured and can also be used as monolithic set ups, eg. Ardour and Qtractor.

Qtractor

Qtractor

Qtractor is an audio and MIDI multi-track sequencer. It lets you record, edit and mix audio tracks as well as sequence MIDI, with which you can use virtual instruments.

EQ10Q

EQ10Q

EQ10Q is an LV2 plugin that provides 10 band parametric EQ with a graphical display. It includes various filter types including peaking, HPF, LPF, shelving and notch filters.

Initially, the project contained just one plugin, the EQ. Since it's start, the project has grown to include other plugins, amongst others a compressor and a gate plugin, mide/side processing, as well as BassUp, a bass enhancement plugin.

Meters.lv2

Meters.lv2

Meters.lv2 is a collection of audio-level meters in the LV2 plugin format. It covers an extensive range of meters which are useful for broadcast audio, as well as general audio production work. This includes, but is not limited to, DIN, Nordic, BBC, EBU and VU needle meters, 30 band spectrum analyzer, true peak meters, phase correlation meters, a goniometer and a EBU R128 meter with histogram and history. A full list of meter types can be found on the projects Github page.

NSM - Non Session Manager

NSM - Non Session Manager

NSM, or Non Session Manager, is a popular session management tool. NSM allows you to easy create, manage and remember modular set ups. It is very intuitive to create a session and add clients in NSM. It can also remember all JACK connections by using the optional JACKPatch client module that comes with NSM.

Parallel Compression

Parallel compression is a form of upward compression. It can add punch and energy, without sounding overly squashed. It does this while retaining some of the dynamics of the original signal. This is achieved by mixing a heavy compressed version of the track in with the original, uncompressed version. This is done by using a compressor as a send effect, instead of an insert.

Bit depth

Bit depth relates to how many bits of information there are per sample. In laymans terms this equates to how many levels of loudness a digital waveform can have. 16 bit has 65,536 possible levels of loudness while 24bit has 16,777,216 possible levels. 24bit is often used in recording as it has a much larger dynamic range/lower noise floor. This is not an issue for playback systems though, so 16 bit is perfectly acceptable there, eg. CD quality uses 16bit. 

Dynamic range diagram

Sample Rate

Sample rate refers to how many samples per second are in an audio signal or file. CD quality uses a sample rate of 44.1kHz, or 44,100 samples per second. Audio interfaces use different sample rates but common ones are 44.1kHz, 48kHz and 96kHz.

Calf Plugins

Calf Plugins

Calf plugins are a complete plugin suite, in the LV2 plugin format, that cover all your basic processing needs. From processors like EQ's and compressors to effects like reverb and delay, it covers all you need to get mixing. It also includes a number of virtual instruments. The suite currently consists of 45 plugins.

Release (Plugin parameter)

A common setting on compressors. This is related to the attack setting. Where the attack setting tells the compressor when to kick in, the release tells the compressor when to stop compressing the signal. Release settings are measured in milliseconds.

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