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LMP Asks: Eat the apple – an interview with Red Plastic Label

LMP Asks: Eat the apple – an interview with Red Plastic Label

In an old farm near Milan, Italy, live and work the people at Red Plastic Label, a web-based label that produces and promotes her artists using open source software and creative commons licenses. LMP had the opportunity to ask them what they do, how they do it and why.

Who are Red Plastic Label?

Content Wish List

The content wish list is a list of articles and tutorials we would like to see on LMP. If you do have knowledge on anything in the list and are considering contributing content, please do contact us.

If you are a new user who is interested in a specific piece of software and would like to see it covered on LMP, please do contact us so we can add it to the wish list. There is also a survey that you could fill out if you would like to tell us more about general content that you would like to see on LMP.

Recording audio and using MIDI in Ardour 3

This video series features a basic overview of recording and editing audio, plus basic recording and editing of MIDI, using Ardour 3. We start by setting up Ardour and creating a new session. After that, we add MIDI tracks, connect our MIDI keyboard, record, and edit MIDI.

Next we add a few audio tracks and record some short segments of guitar. Finally, we do some basic editing of that recording, and some basic arrangements.

This video uses the following gear and software:

Sample-based synthesis: Petri-Foo

A common approach to sound synthesis is to use samples of sounds together with a sampler. In this short video series, we show you how you can use the sampler Petri-foo to create your own interesting sounds, based on samples.

You can read more about Petri-foo and find downloads for it at the official Petri-foo website.

Sound Synthesis: TAL NoizeM4k3r

TAL NoizeM4k3r is a popular and very capable open source synth, with excellent presets and great features. In this small video series, we will take you through the synth's entire interface, explaining what each setting does, and how you can use it to create interesting sounds.

Basic mixing in Ardour 3

In this video series, LMP invites you to mix an entire track together with us. The stems for the track used in this tutorial can be downloaded below. We'll start with importing the stems into Ardour and editing the song material. Next we will arrange the song before doing a basic balanced mix. Finally, we'll throw on some basic mastering effects, and do a few final touches.

Download the stems used in this tutorial series from this link.

The Advantages of Choosing an Audio Orientated Linux Distribution

The Advantages of Choosing an Audio Orientated Linux Distribution

Linux distributions have a lot to offer and some are geared more towards certain tasks than others. There is nothing wrong with stock distributions, and any distro can be tweaked to work well for whichever task you wish, provided that you know how to tailor them to that specific task. If you are working with audio, however, choosing a distro specifically geared towards that purpose can save you a lot of hassle.

Understanding recording hardware

Understanding recording hardware

What hardware you need to get started recording is dependant on what type of music you want to make. In any case, you will need a DAW, but what about the hardware requirements? There are typically two ways to make music -

Softsynths and Samplers

In addition to DAWs, drum machines, MIDI arrangers and a plethora of other varied applications for audio production that are available under the Linux platform, there is also a growing number of powerful software synthesizers (softsynths) and samplers available gratis in most Linux distribution repositories. In this discussion, we will focus in particular on one native Linux softsynth: TAL Noizem4k3r, and Petri-Foo, a useful Linux-based sampler or "ROMpler".

How to contribute to Libre Music Production

As Libre Music Production (LMP) is a community driven project, we need contributions from people like you, the user, to make it successful. The following is a list of areas to which you can contribute.

Articles and Tutorials

A big focus of LMP is providing articles and tutorials, to help users learn how to get the most out of Libre music software. Articles and tutorials can either be in written form, or presented as a video, whichever is your preference.

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