[LAU] A year of Linux Audio revisited - would like to know your oppinion

drew Roberts zotz at 100jamz.com
Tue Dec 11 16:36:18 EST 2007

On Tuesday 11 December 2007 16:24:15 bradley newton haug wrote:
> you can try all you want to 'fix it in the mix' but you can't polish a
> turd.  If you can't play, no engineering on the planet will save you.
> In your opinion, of course.  My own opinion is that production and
> > arrangement are more important to the impact of a piece than the
> > skill of its players, with composition being the most important of
> > all.  You'll say I'm wrong, and you will be wrong.
> watch a high school shakespeare rendition sometime.
> > But neither of our opinions matter to people who are looking at Linux
> > audio tools and finding them lacking.  Saying "That feature that I've
> > never heard of sucks, and if you use it, your style of music sucks"
> > doesn't come off as an indictment of commercialism so much as it
> > resembles sour grapes.
> if you have to step input your music and rely on groove quant to make it
> sound
> 'real' you are speaking from a massive musical disadvantage.  We've been
> making music
> for tens of thousands of years, it seems to me you're the one blaming your
> tools.
> > If you're happy with Linux audio being as limited as a glorified tape
> > recorder, that's fine, but some of us have higher ambitions.
> again, if you can't record music with a 'record' and 'stop' button. 
> Nothing can really help you.

Not so, better musicians can help.

Hey, basically, at this point, musically, I might be able to write some 
lyrics. That's about it. If I am lucky. On a good day.

But I have ideas in my head with no good way to get them out.

Can't get a tune out of my head vocally. Can't play, though I keep trying in a 
low key way to learn. Any natural gifts I have seem to be in other areas.

So, if I can find tools to help me get my ideas out of me and into a form 
where others who can play and sing can more easily run with them, I think 
those tools might just be welcome.

Granted, the recordings of any music I might make that way may leave a lot to 
be desired, but I don't see why they could not serve as the germ for 
something better.
> Can linux replace a windows or OSX rig that a schmuck can load up, slap
> some loops on, use factory presets on
> their softsynths and press a magic button to fix their amateurish keyboard
> noodlings?
> no

I dream of something that I could sing known songs to and that could 
then "calibrate" to my poor voice (I can't carry a tune) and then adjust the 
pitch to match the known notes.... Then, look for patterns in how I am off 
and learn my failings... Then, listen to new, unknown, tunes and adjust those 
according to the learned patterns. And then notate the melody. Then I could 
listen to that and see if it is what is in my head, let me adjust it on 
screen. Then sing again and match the now known melody...

Not a bad dream. Perhaps some day... Or perhaps some day something may click 
inside my head and I might learn to sing.
> can linux be used to make music?  yes
> -bradley newton haug
> > Rob

all the best,


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