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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.

Infamous Plugins, v0.1 - The Eye Candy Release

Infamous Plugins, v0.1 - The Eye Candy Release

The infamous plugins have been developed over the last couple years and now
GUIs have been created for them. A fund raiser in the style of the OpenAV
Productions release system
has been started to free the source. The LV2
plugins are already open without GUIs and can be tried and used freely.

The plugins include:

New release of Guitarix, including new LV2 plugins

New release of Guitarix, including new LV2 plugins

The Guitarix developers have just announced the release of Guitarix version 0.31.0. For the uninitiated, Guitarix is a tube amplifier simulation for JACK, with an additional mono and a stereo effect rack. Guitarix includes a large list of plugins and also supports LADSPA/LV2 plugins.

This is mainly a bug fix release but it also includes three new LV2 plugins. They are -

GxRoomSimulator (Based on Gardner's room reverberator models)
GxDigitalDelay
GxLiveLooper

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?

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.

Sonic Visualiser v2.4 released

Sonic Visualiser v2.4 released

Version 2.4 of Sonic Visualiser has just been released. Sonic Visualiser is an application for inspecting and analysing the contents of music audio files. It combines powerful waveform and spectral visualisation tools with automated feature extraction plugins and annotation capabilities.

The aim of Sonic Visualiser is to be the first program you reach for when want to study a musical recording rather than simply listen to it.

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:

MOD Duo launches Kickstarter campaign

MOD Duo launches Kickstarter campaign

The MOD Duo, a hardware guitar effects unit running open source software, has just officially launched it's kickstarter campaign.

As opposed to other hardware units out there, the MOD Duo allows you to download, arrange, control and share effects, all using the power of open source software.

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