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Welcome to Libre Music Production - How to get started


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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Article 2015-07-16 17:37 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...Read more
Tutorial 2016-06-06 10:02 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...Read more
Tutorial 2016-06-06 10:04 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 . Part 1 - Guitar samples In this first video we go through the following...Read more
Tutorial 2016-06-06 10:03 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. Part 1 - Oscillator Section In this first video we experiment with various parameters under "synth 1" section: both...Read more
Tutorial 2016-06-06 10:04 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...Read more
Tool 2017-02-01 08:14 Cadence Cadence is a GUI frontend for JACK that allows you to access and manage many of JACK's features. It allows you to choose your audio interface and settings. Cadence comes as part of KXStudio and allows you to run JACK automatically in the background upon login.Read more
Article 2016-05-16 15:15 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...Read more
Article 2015-02-21 11:50 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 - Audio recording If you want to record vocals or other acoustic instruments, you will need to get yourself an audio interface and some microphones . An audio interface is also...Read more
Tool 2014-08-16 21:35 Xjadeo Xjadeo (JAck viDEo mOnitor) is a software video player that displays a video-clip in sync with an external time source (MTC, LTC, JACK -transport). Xjadeo is useful in soundtrack composition, video monitoring or any task that requires synchronizing movie frames with audio events. Ardour now includes a built in version of Xjadeo, including a video timeline, since version 3.2.Read more
Tool 2014-08-16 21:27 IR:LV2 IR is a no-latency/low-latency, realtime, high performance convolution plugin, especially useful for creating reverb effects. Supports impulse responses with 1, 2 or 4 channels. IR is available as an LV2 plugin.Read more