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Making music in Linux and beyond

Jan 21, 2011, 20:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Anders Bylund)

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"You can do a lot with free open-source software, also known as FOSS. Musicians with a yen for Linux are in luck; the array of choices for creating, editing, producing, and publishing music using nothing but FOSS software is staggering.

"One way to get your hands on a plethora of audio tools is to run the Ubuntu Studio distro, which comes preconfigured for real-time audio processing and includes every studio tool under the sun. Failing that, there are the ubuntustudio-audio and ubuntustudio-audio-plugins virtual packages in Ubuntu, which will install 54 and 18 specialized packages, respectively. Other alternatives include the Musix distribution and the low-end hardware distro dyne:bolic, but Ubuntu Studio has the largest toolkit in the genre and enjoys the widest support as well.

"Pick your favorite multimedia distro and go nuts, or just install the applications you want to try out, one RPM or DEB package at a time.

"To cover it all in useful detail would take a book, so we'll spare you most of the gory details. Instead, this article will focus on a few of the leading suites used to actually make music—multi-track MIDI sequencers with the ability to add live audio tracks such as guitar strums and voice."

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