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LMMS: The Linux MultiMedia Studio

Aug 18, 2009, 12:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Phillips)

"Start LMMS either by invoking it at a terminal prompt or by clicking on its menu icon. Figure 1 shows off LMMS in its default appearance with a loaded project, though you can change the program skin and its background image via the Settings dialog in the Edit menu.

"LMMS lets the user enter the composition process at various levels. You can import whole recordings into LMMS, whether they're sample loops or entire pieces. Drag a file from your samples collection into a track in the Song Editor (Figure 2) and that sample is now available for playing via the Piano Roll (Figure 3) window. Left-click the track name to open the designated instrument - it should be the Audiofile Processor for soundfiles - then double-click in the track itself to open the piano roll editor. When the cursor is in Draw mode you can add note events to the piano roll. You can alter the pitch location and note length, and switching the cursor mode will let you select events for editing by group. The remaining modes provide an eraser tool and a detuner for fine adjustments to the pitches of your samples."

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