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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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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
Tool 2016-07-28 10:37 Tal NoiseMaker Tal NoiseMaker is a very flexible, and popular, softsynth. The Linux port of Tal NoiseMaker is part of the Distrho ports , , maintained by falkTX . */Read more
News 2014-10-03 18:12 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: the infamous cellular automaton synth the infamous envelope follower the infamous...Read more
News 2014-10-02 09:40 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...Read more
Article 2016-01-11 18:18 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? We're a team of experts in various fields of cultural production (Records, Books, Visual Arts, Movies...Read more
Tutorial 2016-06-03 08:03 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...Read more
Music 2014-10-02 11:26 Zthmusic is the brainchild of Gabriel Nordeborn from Gothenburg, Sweden. His music is a unique blend of hip hop, electronic, orchestral and ambient. To date, zthmusic has released 2 albums (Insomnilund and Ordinary Day Montage) and one EP (Lost Time EP). All of his material is published on his soundcloud account under a CC-BY-SA license. Ardour is at the core of all zthmusic's productions, also...Read more
Tool 2017-02-01 08:04 FreqTweak FreqTweak is a tool for FFT-based realtime audio spectral manipulation and display. It provides several algorithms for processing audio data in the frequency domain and a highly interactive GUI to manipulate the associated filters for each. It also provides high-resolution spectral displays in the form of scrolling-raster spectrograms and energy vs frequency plots displaying both pre- and post-...Read more