I was fooling around looking for some music software that I could use for some videos I was putting together because I like to create my own audio too. So, I came across this little cool program that blew me away with surprise and audio-goodness. LMMS, is it’s name, (Linux Multimedia Studio) and it is very similar to a program called Fruity-Loops that I have used on the Mac. Actually, at the lab in Kwantlen, I used their Mac to do most of the post production of my videos because of the speed of their machines and very expensive software they have. So, to see something very similar in the free world: Linux, was a really nice surprise. Not only can I do all my video editing in LINUX, but to do music creation too–I think I’m heaven!
One of the huge setbacks in Linux is its lack of media creativeness, that many who want to be part of the free world also want to have their cake too and eat it too, so killer media aps are a must. For people to write and licence this type of software under the GNU, well, is rare. But to see a collaboration of very talented minds and people with a passion for killer aps like those who produced LMMS, I can only stand in awe at these achievements. This audio track was straight out of the box and fired up as-is, is really un-typical for Linux in my opinion. I believe that this marks a shift towards standardisation and cooperation as flavours such as Ubuntu Linux flourish. I mean really, it wasn’t that long ago that Linux started using a desktop that you could navigate without ever using the command-line shell-scrip! I think that is why it was so difficult for people who were brought up on Window$ to fully embrace Linux because you have to type on a keyboard and throw your mouse away. But those days are long gone because now I think a Window$ user could be very much at home on a Linux Desktop today.
Another Techno tune from the Demo File inside LMMS called BlueWolf-DreamTravel (6:48mins). This audio file should give you a better idea of what it can do.
After a couple hours of playing with it, I was surprised that my AMD Athlon chip set could handle it without crashing! I am only packing 500MB of RAM with a built-in audio card on my test machine. I know when I had Fruity-Loops running on the same machine, it would crash constantly! Maybe this is a sign? My media machine will love this program for sure–tomorrow’s project!
So about the only thing that I can think of that Linux can’t do (yet) is USB Streaming. Believe me, I’ve tried! I wanted to do web-cam streaming for quite a while! hint hint hint wink wink nudge nudge….