Among the Files Uploaded: The Upgrade Cont.

It is always a real experience when trudging through the aftermath of an upgrade on the OS. After a 4 hour stint of watching the progress bar slowly creep forward, and the thousands of files unpacking and then sort themselves out–then the real work begins. I am amazed however at how well the upgrade went. I only lost my drawing tablet, and I am still working on that, but other than that, I am spending time exploring all new stuff with Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron. mmmm, love new stuff!

Some of the music software that is now available, in the open source realm, is really cool, as in, there is a lot of variety, and the quality is very much to what I would call professional. A far cry from the old days of just a few years ago when musicians using LINUX where out of luck when it came to music software.

The set-up I have now consist of the primarily tool that has propelled LINUX into the musician’s best friend–it is called JACK. The other tool that I use a lot now is ARDOUR, which is a digital audio workstation, which is free under the open source banner. And of course one needs percussion, or lots of drums and a way of keeping time, so there is HYDROGEN drum software. And last but not least, and very cool sound Synth program that works very well with MIDI, and is especially made for LINUX, is called Zynaddsubfx.

Together, all humming with the JACK, and a good MIDI keyboard, I managed to kill a lot of time playing around with all the settings and enjoying the sounds that these programs produce.

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The audio clip is about 60seconds long and is a combination of the HYDROGEN drums, Zynaddsubfx Synth, and mixing it with Ardour. None of the sound sample had been edited, so these are raw sound samples that came stock with each program. Even most of the effects processing was out-of-the-box.

This could get scary–I feel a volcal track comming up….. Look out for that, if you dare…. *smirk*

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