[LAU] ableton live in vmware

Patrick Shirkey pshirkey at boosthardware.com
Mon Aug 31 10:34:52 EDT 2009

On 09/01/2009 12:09 AM, Michael Bohle wrote:
> A "free live", I don't mean a "proof of concept" like most of the music apps for Linux, what been usable for musicians, is a hard piece of work need time, man power, organization. I think, this can't be made by one person, that need a good team of "coder, interface designer, sound designer , djs and musicians" - the first step for the development is to form a team. Then collect the best pieces of free code code and concepts and use this for a "Free Live" -don't reinvent the wheel again. Use the audio engine of ardour, the midi engine of seq24, and all this disorganized scraps of code and concepts put together all this pieces in one really cool free and open daw.
> I would be a part of that team.

I don't think that there is much developer support for completely 
reinventing or emulating AL as we already have several apps that take 
care of the various functionality in AL very well. IMO we actually have 
more power under the hood with the jack system than AL provides. What we 
are missing is the integration and the pretty interface.

IMO the thing that is missing for people who come from an AL focused 
environment is an interface that has the base functionality and allows 
them to quickly build up a sample stack to play in a live setting. 
Certainly seq24 has some of this functionality but the interface will 
turn off a lot of AL users. Hydrogen IMO has a more friendly interface 
design that will be more appealing to AL users.

Hydrogen supports playing midi sequences, and audio samples. It is 
currently missing the backend functionality to play multiple sequences 
with individual bpm settings at the same time. It is also missing a 
sampler grid interface which AL users expect as a standard.

For simple recording, generating and editing we have jack. However 
Hydrogen also has some of this functionality in place already.

It is also possible to enable a Hydrogen sampler ui to control a jacked 
synth/looper. However if you have a hardware controller then it may be 
unnecessary to go through another app like Hydrogen. Just assign the 
controls and make sure you remember which is which.

Anyway, I'm putting my money on a solution built on Hydrogens codebase. 
The simpler the better.


Patrick Shirkey
Boost Hardware Ltd

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