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UNIXReview.com: Preview of Linux Music and Sound [Book Excerpt]

Dec 30, 2000, 13:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Phillips)

A multitrack hard-disk recording system facilitates the recording and mixing of multiple tracks of digital audio on a computer's hard disk. Recording to disk has many advantages over the older method of multitrack recording to analog tape: CD-quality digital audio is cleaner than tape, with much greater dynamic response (better recording of very soft and very loud signals), and random access allows immediate record and play from any point in your songfile. And the hardware required for multitrack hard-disk recording is not inaccessible: Large, fast hard disks (10 gigabytes and larger) are inexpensive these days, as are fast CPUs. Linux can claim a number of excellent hard-disk recording systems to take advantage of this hardware bounty. In this chapter we will look at three of those systems: SLab, Multitrack, and Mix."

"Which Program Should I Use?
Selecting the multitrack recorder/mixer that works best for you depends on your specific background and needs. Of course, considering that they are priced at $0.00 each, you could just try them all and decide which one you like best-but you may not have the time to do so. Each one of these programs is strong in particular ways: SLab will appeal immediately to users familiar with recording in a tape-based studio, Mix is best suited to complex arrangements of pre-recorded soundfiles, and Multitrack is best suited to quick, small-scale recording sessions (such as a four-piece band or a single performer)."

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