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Linux Audio Update

May 11, 2009, 23:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Phillips)

"The modern digital audio workstation (DAW) deals not only with audio and MIDI, but also is expected to provide some degree of support for video display and edition. Developer Robin Gareus has produced a couple such programs, including his well-known xjadeo, a video display window with JACK syncronization capability. xjadeo works beautifully with Ardour, but, alas, it provides no timeline within Ardour itself. Enter Robin's aics, the Ardour image compositor socket. In lieu of a full explanation, I'll simply tell you that aics provides that timeline (Figure 5). Direct editing of the video within Ardour is not yet possible, but it's clear that that is the direction and goal. The aics software is still in its infancy, so don't expect a polished package yet.

"The Hydrogen developers have announced the release of version 0.9.4rc1 (Figure 6) of their premier drum machine/rhythm composer for Linux. This version is a release candidate, and the developers want feedback from users, as much as possible. The rc1 status indicates that a full release is imminent, so help the crew find and fix the remaining bugs in this most excellent Linux audio software."

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