sequencing

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.

Hydrogen

Hydrogen

Hydrogen is a pattern-based drum sequencer. It allows you to create patterns and then sequence them into songs. Drum instruments are tweakable and hydrogen allows for up to 16 layers of velocity per drum instrument. Furthermore, Hydrogen includes a mixer and has support for LADSPA plugins. It can be used in sync with other programs. You can also export your songs on a per instrument basis if you prefer to process them in another program.

What is an xrun and how can I stop getting them?

If you get an xrun, it basically means that your systems CPU wasn't able to keep up with the information it was being fed from your soundcard. There are many factors at play.

More information about the causes of xruns

Luppp

Luppp

Luppp is a music creation tool, from OpenAV, intended for live use. The focus is on real time processing and a fast intuitive workflow. With extensive MIDI mapping support, you can get looping just how you like!

MIDI Controller

A MIDI controller is any device that sends out MIDI data to control another MIDI device or program. Some MIDI controllers are also capable of recieving MIDI data. Two examples of a MIDI controller would be a MIDI keyboard which can be used to control softsynths/external hardware synths or a MIDI DAW controller used to control fader/pan levels in your DAW as well as other things such as plugin parameters.

LMMS

LMMS

LMMS (Linux MultiMedia Studio) is a MIDI sequencer, aimed at producing electronic music. It comes with it's own built in virtual instruments but also has support for third party plugins.

DAW

A DAW, which stand for Digital Audio Workstation, is software used for the recording, editing and mixing of digital audio. DAW's started off as integrated hardware units but nowadays, a DAW most commonly refers to recording software.

DAW's follow many conventions from hardware recording set ups. You even have a virtual mixer console and can route audio similarly to hardware set ups. You can also process individual audio tracks using plugins such as EQ, compressors and reverbs.

Session management

Due to Linux audio's flexibility, very modular set ups are possible. Session management makes this easy by remembering software and their connections. You can launch various programs, connect them up and have you session manager remember, and later, relaunch the whole session, connections included. Some popular session management tools include Non Session Manager (NSM), Ladish and Jack session.

Rosegarden

Rosegarden

Rosegarden is a music composition and editing environment based around a MIDI sequencer that includes basic support for digital audio.

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