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Qtractor QuickStart
Introduction Qtractor can handle your MIDI and Audio tracks with sample-perfect precision, present you with a state of the art, industry standard mixer, complete with complex routing and effects, and allow you to record, mix and master your song all the way to the final bounce to a standard stereo recording tool. But this is not what we are going to do today. Today, we are just going to get our...
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...
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...
Setting up and using a TerraTec DMX-6Fire-USB external soundcard
I cannot comprehend that people who have been making this, no doubt enviable, piece of hardware ( DMX 6Fire details here ) for almost 10 years, all of it without Linux support or an all-inclusive manual, haven't to this date so much as written up something like this page, and that I, a total novice, have to fumble my way through mountains of gossip spread all over the net! Nor can I stand 2-yard...
Setting up and using Drumgizmo in Ardour
A French translation of this article can be found over at LibraZik . Thanks to Olivier for this. What is Drumgizmo? Drumgizmo is a drum sampler plugin available in the LV2 plugin format. It is also available as a standalone version. There are already drum samplers available for Linux, so what's so different about Drumgizmo? Drumgizmo's main aim is to simulate a real drum kit. It supports the...
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...
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. */ In Qtractor, Ducka needs an audio bus with 3 input channels. It expects the sound to be ducked in the first 2 input channels (stereo...
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...
Ultimate Guide to Getting Started With Guitarix
What is Guitarix? Guitarix is a modular , virtual amplifier for Linux. With Guitarix you can choose different preamp and amp models, combine them with various effects and speaker cabinet emulations to come up with your very own tones. Guitarix comes as a standalone application but its modules are also available in the LV2 plugin format, which you can incorporate into your DAW of choice...
Using AVL drumkits with a-Fluid Synth in Ardour
In this tutorial I will show you how to use Glen MacArthur's fantastic AVL Drumkits sample pack with 'a-Fluid Synth', Ardour's built in FluidSynth plugin. I will also show you how to load midnam files to make it easier to do drum programming within the DAW. Since version 5.4, Ardour now includes 'a-Fluid Synth', a soundfont plugin, and since version 1.1 of AVL Drumkits, the SF2 (soundfont) format...

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