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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.

LFO

LFO stands for Low-frequency oscillation. The name comes from the fact that it is an electronic signal with a low frequency, which oscillates to create a rhythmic pulse, or wobble. LFO's are common in synths and help vary their sound capabilities.

A number of popular effects are based around low frequency oscillation, namely chorus, vibrato, phasing, flanging and rotary speaker effects.
 

Sorcer

Sorcer

Sorcer is a polyphonic wavetable synth LV2 plugin from OpenAV. Its sonic fingerprint is one of harsh modulated sub-bass driven walls of sound. Two morphing wavetable oscillators and one sine oscillator provide the generation routines. The LFO can be mapped to wavetable modulation as well as filter cutoff. An ADSR allows for shaping the resulting sound, while a master volume finishes the signal chain.

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