Still Blown Away by the LMMS

The Linux Multi Media Studio [LMMS] is still still on top of my Desktop, and it’s being sitting there for nearly three days–three days with it. I am in shock-and-awe mode as I discovered that I can add more effects, sound-fonts and VST-plugins directly into the LMMS. It took a little while to figure it all out. This slow-down of fiddling with it was only because that the documentation sucked, and the help files and Docs, well, they don’t exists yet, and also searching for a good set of Q&As is still impossible. So I’m hopping that more people will start contributing to the Winki, and other How-To’s so that it will give everyone a quick head start into creating music rather than becoming an expert in programming in C++. But in all, I am very happy with LMMS. I guess I was having withdraw symptoms from FL-Studio after all?

[Just adding this little fact/point, sort of clarifying a misunderstanding here: My Desktop is fine. LMMS is not permanently stuck there, OKay. I was making a witty remark about how much I love it, and that “I” leave it on my Desktop–open. My Linux machine will kick your “I didn’t pay for Window$” machine any day–any time!]

My latest Creation! ::

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Instrument Plugins: This is probably the coolest feature of LMMS in its whole arsenal of tools. It has built into it, right out of the box, some very cool plugins, but the best feature of them all is the VeSTige plugin. Actually, VeSTige is a VST-plugin Wrapper for LMMS. I thought this was very clever because you can download thousands of VST-plugins and store them into your favourite file location and then have VeSTige link to them. So you can migrate most of the FL-Studio VST-plugins over to LMMS. Also, just Google “VST-plugins” to search them out. Yes, they are “dll” libraries, but don’t let that stop you!

LADPSA Plugins: LADPSA [Linux Audio Developer’s Simple Plugin API]. Okay, these are a little bit more tricky to talk about. My best advice, because you will want more audio effects for your projects, is to Google “LADPSA” and go from there. These are little plugins, written in XML, that give you all those cool effects like Course, Delay, EQ, Reverb, etc., but you can’t just load them like you would with the VST-plugins. Instead I had to install them through my apps installer. For Unbutu, just search LADPSA in your apps, synaptic, and install it. There are hundreds of them to choose from, but Google for them, because there are lots out there in the World Wide Web. The best source for LADPSAs are here in this web site www.ladspa.org.

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