[LAU] how to use linux to make music that sounds like peverelist dub-tech?

James Stone jamesmstone at gmail.com
Tue Aug 3 20:02:59 UTC 2010

On Tue, Aug 3, 2010 at 6:54 PM, Louigi Verona <louigi.verona at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey James!
> Can you talk about Neil? Is it any good?

Neil is a fork of the (now defunct) Aldrin, which, in turn is a Linux
implementation of Jeskola Buzz.

The main page (including fairly extensive install instructions) is here:


The source is here:


and here:


The way the program works is you place "machines" (like plugins) on a
"canvas". These are then connected together in the sequence generator
-> (effect(s)) -> output. The generators can be linked to multiple
effects, and the relative output to each effect controlled with volume

The standard generator machine is the Matilde Tracker, which is a
sample-based tracker. Then there are other generators that perform the
function of FM synthesis modules, "analogue" synth, SID (C64) emulator
etc. All are built into the program.

Notes are entered in the tracker interface (all generator machines
have roughly the same grid-based tracker view).

One other way where it diverts from traditional trackers is it is
possible to sequence tracks from each machine separately in a

It takes a bit of getting used to, but after some perseverance, it is
probably one of the most flexible tracker-type programs available.
There are still a lot of bugs, but the main dev is very responsive to
bugreports, and posts code updates most days.


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