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Carla 2.0 beta3 is here!

Carla 2.0 beta3 is here!
Carla 2.0 beta3 has arrived. There have been quite a few nice features implemented since beta2.
  • Internal patchbay mode
  • Carla as VST plugin (Linux only)
  • Carla LMMS plugin
  • New and updated skins
  • Old non-skin mode
  • New time panel

Jannis Pohlmann: How I produce music with Ardour

Jannis Pohlmann: How I produce music with Ardour

This article is written for all those interested in setting up a Linux home studio and using Ardour to record and mix their music, with the help of numerous free and open source tools and plugins.

I will illustrate my setup and processes based on songs created with my solo band MÆNAD, covering the recording setup, miking, audio interfaces, Linux configuration, tracking different instruments with Ardour, various mixing tricks using pass filters, equalizers, compressors and more, as well as exporting to WAV and FLAC/MP3.

Sidechaining in Ardour 3

Sidechaining in Ardour 3

Ahh, sidechaining! The effect us fans of electronic music fear our partners will discover just how much we actually like, and the effect that makes anti-modern electronic musicians shake from hatred. Sidechaining has many different names (ducking is an additional one), but when I speak of sidechaining, I refer to what’s popularly known as “the cool effect that makes everything pump to the beat in electronic music”. Sidechaining itself though has a pretty wide range of uses outside of just “moar pumpz plx”.

New Ardour bug fix release available

The Ardour devs have just announced a new bug fix release. This release includes several absolutely vital fixes for bugs could lead to audio and MIDI files being irreversibly deleted from disk. Anyone using earlier versions of Ardour 3.5 are strongly recommended to upgrade.

Along with the few major, and minor fixes, there are also a few new additions, notably new MIDNAM file for Korg Volca series and a new version of Xjadeo, which is used for the video timeline.

Sidechaining in Qtractor using Ducka

Ducking is a special application of sidechaining. In this tutorial we take a track with a kick drum – the sidechain – to "duck" (silence) another track with a pad sound. The sequencer we use is Qtractor, the ducking-plugin is Ducka, from the Arty FX plugin suite.

Qtractor version 0.6.3 is released

Qtractor version 0.6.3 is released

Rui Nuno Capela has just announced a new release of Qtractor, an audio and MIDI multi-track sequencer. The new version, codenamed The Armed Hadron, has a number of new features, including the usual bug fixes.

Release highlights:

OpenAV announces new plugins in the ArtyFX plugins range

OpenAV announces new plugins in the ArtyFX plugins range

OpenAV have just annouced 3 new plugins to the ArtyFX plugin range. The new plugins for ArtyFX version 1.2 are as follows -

Bitta - Bit crusher
Vidha - Stereo widener
Panda - Compressor/expander

JAMin

JAMin

JAMin is a mastering suite for Linux. It is a standalone program but can, via JACK, can be inserted into any programs signal path.

Some of JAMin's features include:
30 band graphic EQ
1023 band hand drawn EQ with parametric controls
Spectrum analyser
Multiband compression
Lookahead brickwall limiter
 

MusE

MusE

MusE is a MIDI/Audio sequencer with recording and editing capabilities . MusE aims to be a complete multitrack virtual studio. It has a comprehensive list of MIDI features and supports LADSPA, DSSI, LV2 and VST plugins.

Ardour

Ardour

Ardour is a fully featured audio and MIDI multi-track recording and editing program. Ardour supports LADSPA, LV2 and LinuxVST plugin formats.

Features include powerful anything to anywhere signal routing, video timeline, direct import of freesound files, dedicated monitor section, meterbridge, inline plugin control and extensive export options, including exporting multiple formats at once.

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