[linux-audio-user] hard disk sampler

Hawkeye Parker hawkeye.parker at autodesk.com
Thu Mar 18 12:29:55 EST 2004

hi all,

i'm fairly new to linux and linux audio, and i've been just trying to
get my bearings amid the staggering amount of audio software.

i'd like to use linux as a hard disk sampler, and here is the general
functionality i'd like:

-ability to "compose" with samples, in the same way that you'd use a
sequencer to work with a synth. i.e., be able to arrange samples into
tracks and specify when (rhythm) and at what pitch the samples play.
-some sort of mixer to mix things down so i can record it.
-ablility to add software effects to the above tracks.

essentially, what i'm looking for is some way to reproduce the ~nature~
of Sonic Foundry's Acid for Windows. i don't really *want* Acid, or even
one specific piece of software, but just some way to use samples in a
similar sort of way.
one thought i've had is to use fluidsynth/swami to build soundfonts of
the samples i want to use, and then drive those samples with MusE. MusE
supports LADSPA, so i would have per/track access to LADSPA plugins on
top of the samples. right??

building the soundfonts will take time, though, and i wonder if there
isn't a more direct way to accomplish the same thing (like Acid, where
you drag and drop waveforms right onto your track). i've looked at
Simsam (sampler) as well, and the occured to me that i could run
multiple instances of Simsam through multiple jack-racks, but this is
obviously a kludge, and there must be a better way (?)

i'm also considering diving into TerminatorX -- it looks very promising
. . .

any suggestions?

thanks in advance,
hawkeye parker

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