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Libre Music Production is a community-driven online resource, focused on promoting musical creation and composition using free and open source (FLOSS) software. By providing hands-on material submitted by the community, such as guides, tutorials, articles and news updates, we want to show not only that there is great FLOSS audio software out there, but also how to practically use that software to make music. Read this to get started!

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News 2014-10-10 07:35 MOD DUO reaches funding goal on Kickstarter - one week left for stretch goals The MOD DUO , a hardware guitar effects unit running open source software, has just reached it's $65,000 funding goal on Kickstarter . With one week left, there is still time to reach it's stretch goals, the next of which is set at $100,000. These stretch goals will allow the MOD team to produce the MOD Duo with even better features, such as a 24 bit USB 2.0 audio interface, a die-cast aluminum...Read more
News 2014-10-22 20:39 zam-plugins version 3.4, now available Damien Zammit of ZamAudio has recently released version 3.4 of his zam-plugins suite . These plugins come in LADSPA , LV2 , LinuxVST and JACK versions. The suite contains the following plugins - ZamAutoSat ZamComp (mono and stereo) ZamEQ (mono and stereo) ZamGEQ31 ZamTube ZamMultiComp (mono and stereo) Full details can be found at zamaudio.comRead more
Tutorial 2015-05-07 17:04 Ardroid (Android application): How to use it with Ardour In this tutorial, I’ll go through how to use your Android device to control Ardour through your network. Hi! There’s a great Android application called Ardroid, which is intended to allow your Android device to work as a remote control for Ardour. Ardroid does this by sending OSC messages from your Android device, to you computer running Ardour. Ardour then lets your Android device control it...Read more
Tutorial 2016-03-22 08:20 Linuxsampler and Ardour: Using them together Linuxsampler is a capable sampler available for Linux, which will make you able to use the common formats for sampled instruments like SFZ, GIG and SF2. To simplify using Linuxsampler with different DAWs and other hosts, there’s a LV2 plugin that’ll help the host communicate with, and integrate Linuxsampler. There’s also a DSSI plugin for the same purpose I believe, but I have not used that, and...Read more
Tutorial 2015-05-07 17:00 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...Read more
News 2014-10-02 19:54 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...Read more
Tool 2017-02-01 08:08 LinuxSampler LinuxSampler is a professional grade software audio sampler that aims to deliver performance and features at par with hardware sampler devices. LinuxSampler itself does not have a graphical user interface, however, there are frontends that exist for it, eg. Qsampler . There is also an LV2 version available. To find out how to use this, check out Linuxsampler and Ardour: Using them together ...Read more
Tool 2016-10-19 13:07 Fluidsynth FluidSynth is a real-time software synthesizer based on the SoundFont 2 specifications. FluidSynth itself does not have a graphical user interface (GUI), however, there are frontends that exist for it, eg: Qsynth EMAP Since version 5.4, Ardour has a built in plugin called 'a-Fluid Synth' which uses FluidSynth as it's backend.Read more
Tool 2016-07-28 10:53 Whysynth Whysynth is a DSSI Softsynth Plugin. Features include - 4 oscillators, 2 filters, 3 LFOs , and 5 envelope generators per voice. 10 oscillator modes: minBLEP, wavecycle, asynchronous granular, three FM modes, waveshaper, noise, PADsynth, and phase distortion. 6 filter modes. Flexible modulation and mixdown options, plus effects.Read more
Tool 2015-02-02 08:16 DISTRHO plugin suite The DISTRHO plugin suite, is a collection of plugins, and various ports. Notable plugins include - Obxd - An emulation of the famous ob-x, ob-xa and ob8 synths. TAL Plugins - Including TAL Dub-3, Filter, NoiseMaker , Reverb and Vocoder. Merb - A practical demonstration of Dattorro’s figure-of-eight reverb structure. Luftikus - A digital adaptation of an analog EQ with fixed half-octave bands and...Read more