[LAU] ableton live in vmware

Gabriel M. Beddingfield gabriel at teuton.org
Thu Aug 27 23:26:03 EDT 2009

On Thu, 27 Aug 2009, Atte Andre Jensen wrote:

>> Hydrogen has some similarities to AL... so I've pondered if it could be
>> forked (or developed) to become a live DAW.
> Could you elaborate? What similarities, what's missing (just the big
> picture), it's been a while since a glanced at hydrogen.

The main feature of AL is the scenes and loop-based composition, 
right?  This is essentially a specialized sequencer/sampler.  And 
hydrogen is a sequencer/sampler.

Further, Hydrogen is based on the idea of have several patterns 
(like a loop) that you set up.  Then the song is composed in a 
sort of paint-by-numbers fashion.  This is a lot like AL's scenes.

Hydrogen also has some DAW-like features, including some primative mixing 
and FX.

Hydrogen lacks any code for looping or beat slicing.  Also, the audio 
internals are a little ugly IMHO -- but I've been working to improve that. 
When I'm done, I expect the backend to be *very* DAW-like.

OTOH, a better starting point *might* be something like sooperlooper.

> Just thinking about doing a high performance, jack enabled, realtime
> friendly audio engine makes me tired (maybe because I wouldn't know the
> first think in doing it right).

Heh.  That stuff that gets my motor running these days.  :-)


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