Since I started, recently, to take a real interest in mixing things, I
immediately saw that there is a good amount of people out there eager
to sell audio mixing tutorial and packages of all sorts. Some might be
good, some might using the advertisement campaigns to promote
not-so-good contents. Some do send (very) regularly to your mailbox
dubious promotion of products disguised as information. Now, some of
these people might actually have solid learning material and are using
a common ad system for lack of better ways. I do not know.
What I have found, though, are the resources for Mike Senior's book
Mixing Secrets. There is a large number of session files that can be
loaded in Ardour (and other DAWs since they are simply wav files). For
beginners such as me, to intermediate to advanced, covering a wide
array of musical styles, from sessions consisting of a single track to
full-blown sessions of 60+ tracks.
There are so many styles represented that one will find a few tracks
closer to his/her own liking. Even then, for general mixing practice,
the ground covered is very generous.
Moreover, there are discussion groups for many of those tracks where
people upload their mixes and talk about them. And new tracks are
being added from time to time.
There is no need to buy anything at all. I would recommend the book
though, even if its 'Secrets' catching title might be too tacky, it is
a book whose goal is to establish a good understanding. There is a lot
of substance, not only tricks or 'secrets'.
I hope I'm not sounding like an advertisement (must say that I read a
fair share lately ! :) This is a great place for anyone interested in
trying out some mixing practice, throwing your plugins at it (mixing
god forbid !), etc.
It's great to be able to type at the computer again and communicate a
little with the international Linux-oriented audo/music community, and
to practice piano after a long break due to cancer and cancer treatment.
My right arm and hand were disabled, so typing at the computer and
playing piano has been part of the therapy in trying to recover as much
use as possible of my right arm.
I'm a long-time musician and fairly long-time Linux user (since the late
1990s). I've been grateful over the years to be able to use Ardour
(digital audio / MIDI) and Qtractor and RoseGarden (MIDI / digital
audio), Jack, Jamin and the many wonderful audio/music related apps for
My current music work environment--
Computer: Linux operating system
Keyboard: Yamaha CP5 88-key digital piano
Sound Modules: Roland Integra-7, Fantom XR
Rack gear: Rane mixers (SM 26B, SM 82), DBX patchbay
Audio / MIDI interface: Focusrite Scarlett 2i4
Apps: Ardour (audio recording / editing), Qtractor (MIDI recording /
I've uploaded some recent recordings of some of my original material to
Soundcloud (performed as well as I can manage at this time)--
--and am so happy to be composing again and to be recovering some of my
ability to play the instrument of my choice, and am happy to be able to
communicate with other people in the Linux-oriented audio and music
community again. Thank you.
New Mexico, US
[Sorry for cross-posting, please distribute.]
Faust Open Source Software Competition
(Submission Deadline: June 1, 2016)
The Faust Open-Source Software Competition is intended to promote
innovative high-quality free audio software developed with the Faust
programming language, as well as development tools build around the Faust
compiler itself. The Faust Open-Source Software award will be attributed to
the best submission by an international committee of leading experts in the
field. The competition is sponsored by Grame, centre national de création
musicale. The winning software will receive a 2000€ price to encourage its
authors. The results will be announced July 15, 2016.
To participate, the software must be provided with source code and licensed
with a Free/Open Source license. A substantial part of the software must be
written in Faust and the Faust source code must be provided. As part of the
review process, the software will be built from the sources. All source
code, license, video demonstration, installation instructions, and any
other documentation must be available on a public web page. License
compatibility with other open source software is encouraged. Dependencies
on non-open source third-party software are discouraged, with the exception
of operating systems and freely available commercial packages.
Authors are required to prepare a video demonstrating the software. This
video must be done carefully, and should convincingly present the qualities
of the software. The submission must also contain any useful documentation,
including examples of how the provided software might be used, existing
prototypes that use the software, download statistics or other public usage
information. The criteria for judging submissions includes broad
applicability and potential impact, novelty, technical depth, reusability,
In parallel to the Faust Open-Source Software Competition we introduce this
year a junior competition, the Faust Student Software Competition, with a
200€ prize for the winner. The Faust Student Software Competition is
intended to promote interesting audio processing and synthesis applications
written in Faust in a single file in less than 1000 words. The word count
is done after removing the comments from the code:
cat foo.dsp | stripcmt | wc -w.
The use of the standard Faust libraries is strongly encouraged. They don't
take part in the word count.
- Start of the competition: February 8, 2016
- Software Submission Deadline: June 1, 2016
- Results of the competition: July 1, 2016
Authors interested in participating in the Faust Open Source Software
Competition or the Faust Student Software Competition should send a
submission email to <faustaward(a)grame.fr> with a PDF file attached
containing the following information:
- Title of submission,
- Category of submission (*Faust Open Source Software Competition* or
*Faust Student Software Competition*),
- Name, email and affiliation of the main author,
- Names, emails and affiliations of other authors,
- A permanent link for the open source software (e.g., Sourceforge, GitHub,
Google Code, etc.),
- A permanent link for the video demonstration (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo, etc.),
- A link to a compressed archive file that contains the software (source
code, documentation, build/install instructions, and licenses).
Comprehensive and clear build/install instructions will be a crucial
component of any submission. The committee will make a reasonable effort to
build the software for the top contributions, but if they are unable to
make the software run, it will be excluded from the competition.
- Jean-Louis Giavitto (IRCAM, Paris, France),
- Albert Gräf (Johannes Gutenberg U., Mainz, Germany),
- Pierre Jouvelot (Ecole des Mines, Paris, France),
- Victor Lazzarini (Maynooth U., Maynooth, Ireland),
- Romain Michon (CCRMA, Stanford , USA)
- Yann Orlarey (Grame, Lyon, France),
- Dave Phillips (Musician/Journalist, Findlay, USA)
- Laurent Pottier (U. Jean Monnet, Saint Etienne, France),
- Julius Smith (CCRMA, Stanford , USA)
- 2015: [Guitarix](http://guitarix.sourceforge.net/), by Hermann Meyer and
More information @:
Let's get this straight! I only hear rumors. It is already January. Usually
the call for papers starts December.
Is the organization of the event simple slightly late or is LAC2016 not
happening this year?
This is an original song I recently submitted for the OSMP Tunestorm, huge
thanks to ssj71 for a fun podcast with a bunch of great submissions!
Listen to podcast here: https://archive.org/details/OSMP73
I also wanted to use this song as demo of Harrison Mixbus3 on the upcoming
AV Linux 2016 so I screencasted the session for people to see what is
being used, lots of great work by our Linux Audio developers is contained
First of all, let me introduce myself. I'm Theo, and while I'm new to
linux audio, I'm not new to linux perse (20+Y), and in general can find
my way around the system quite easily. Up until recently I've not had
much reason to delve into linux audio as It "just worked" for what I use
it for - listening to music while doing stuff behind the PC - which I
happen to do quite often as I'm working as a geneticist/bio-informatician.
And then something changed. I bought a new laptop, and found the audio
quality "lacking" to say the least. So I went to the shop and got myself
a USB external sound card with reasonable sound quality and - worth
bonus points - a 6.35mm headphone jack instead of a 3.5mm jack, a volume
control dial and an extra pair of rca outputs so I can also connect it
to my stereo. I plugged it in and found out it didn't "just work".
So I started reading up and was stupefied - it was an alien world to me,
with a new language (ok, new slang) and apparently several "competing"
ways of doing things. To make this manageable for myself I decided to
take things one step at a time. I first installed jack/qjackct, qsynth
and found a midi keyboard and got it to produce sound after some small
tweaks. Things have definitely changed a great deal since I last handled
a DX7 - and it was great fun. In the process I found out that channel 1
and 2 of my USB sound thingy went to the rca outputs and channel 3 and 4
to the headphone jack. No problem.
Then I started gstreamer - no output. So I made some more tweaks as per
google's suggestions, then gstreamer outputs appeared in qjackctl, and
after making the necessary connections from gstreamer to outputs 3 and 4
I had sound again. Great. Then the next song started playing and the
sound ceased. So I made the connections again in qjackctl and I had
sound again. This happened a few times, I got a bit annoyed and
discovered the patch bay. I tried it, and it didn't work on my usb
thingy while it worked flawlessly on my built-in sound card. Every time
a new song started, the connections in qjackctl automatically reverted
to output channels 1 and 2 (rca jacks) and disconnected channels 3 and 4
(headphone) even though there was a patch-bay active. Now, I was almost
ready to file a bug report when I noticed that the patch bay did work
after a restart of gstreamer - for one song only.
It was then that I realized that every song a new out_jackaudiosinkN_1
and out_jackaudiosinkN_2 appeared in qjackctl, with N an increasing
integer. So in the patch bay I added out_jackaudiosink2_1,
out_jackaudiosink2_2, out_jackaudiosink5_1 and out_jackaudiosink5_2, and
connected them to my headphone outputs, and sure enough, after every
restart of gstreamer I could hear the second and fifth number, while all
other songs were silent. Quite a bit of fiddling later I found out that
one can actually use regular expressions in the patch-bay. Connecting
out_jackaudiosink[0-9]+_1 and out_jackaudiosink[0-9]+_2 to channel 3 and
4 works. Wonderful. I now reliably get output through my headphones
after a new song starts. Only thing is that now I get four connections -
the (apparently) default connections to channels 1 and 2 are also
reconnected every time a new song starts.
So, to come to my questions:
- Am I the only one using 4-channel external USB sound card with
gstreamer? When I saw it's specs I was convinced that everyone would
want one as a sort of "audio docking station" - better quality audio and
no more annoying physical (un)plugging to re-route audio through an
amplifier on the wrong side of the room instead of headphones.
- What is the point of this (re-)connection behaviour of gstreamer? -
gstreamer doesn't suddenly become a "new device" when it starts playing
a new song.
- I guess gstreamer does the out_jackaudiosinkN_x numbering, correct?
VLC seems to handle this differently (and this is actually how I found
out about the regular expressions)
- How can I tell the software (gstreamer + jack) to do what I want and
not more? Simply a connection from gstreamer to my headphones (channel 3
and 4), and NOT to my RCA connectors as well unless I tell it to. This
last question may appear a bit mute as it now "just works" in my main
use case (headphones), but it bugs me that I have a device that would
perfectly allow me to keep my amplifier plugged in ready to roll at a
software flick of switch, but if I would, every new song starting would
automatically come blaring out of my speakers. I guess that others have
bumped in this as well - in particular people doing DJ-ing from from
linux (do they exist?) would get very annoyed by sound coming out the
wrong way every time a new song starts.
- I found little in terms of usable documentation for multi-output
set-ups. I'm for instance not convinced that I would be able to
configure the system to use both on-board and external usb sound-cards
simultaneously. Did I miss something here? Can anyone point me to some
relevant documentation or is there a real issue here? Also the regular
expressions bit - quite neat - but I just stumbled upon its' use in
another program, and is not something I read about.
In general I'm both impressed by and worried about the state of linux
audio - a lot is possible but to get things working is (imho) much
harder than it should be.
I've been using Ubuntu Studio for a while now, lately with the KX repos added.
Then I had to take my regular computer to service and since anyway I must fool
around with a backup device I decided to give KXstudio a spin (also because
I'm curious about KDE).
Apart from obvious theme and software differences, it seems that KX ships
without a default (automatic) software updater / manager. Is that a feature or
a glitch? Any reason not to install Muon?
The KX website  is somewhat outdated. Is the project still active?
And would it be an idea to do some kind of merge between Ubuntu Studio and KX?
I really like Ubuntu Studio, but I also like working on an up to date
All the best,
Hey hey everyone,
sorry for the far off-topic, but I thought someone here might be able to help.
For a while now - not sure how long - I've been unable to connect to HTTPS URLs. I've tried all commandline browsers (lynx, links, elinks and w3m). My graphic is currently updated to death (screenreader Orca doesn't work), so I'll stay with the commandline.
System: Debian Squeeze
googling (and hitting lots of articels about generating SSL certificates for your own Apache :-( )
Any help, article or guide would be appreciated. Again sorry for the absolute OT!
* Homepage: https://freeshell.de/~silvain
* Twitter: http://twitter.com/ffanci_silvain
* GitHub: https://github.com/fsilvain
here's a little cheery tune I just finished, which I recorded with a
hardware digital recorder and then arranged and mixed on Linux.
All sounds are from a little hardware synth, the Mutable Instruments
Shruthi-1, which is a digital-analog hybrid monophonic desktop synth
module. I used the version with the "4 Pole Mission" filter board and,
for one sound, one with a SSM2044 filter.
On the software side, only some is Open Source. My main DAW is Tracktion
6, which is proprietary but runs natively on Linux. In this track,
besides the usual mixing, editing and automation features, I used its
built-in sampler an its great step sequencer clip feature for the drum
programming. Open Source software used was Calf vintage delay,
zita-reverb, ZamComp and Carla.
Share & Enjoy!
On Jan 31, 2016 08:52, Alf Haakon Lund wrote:
> Hi lists,
> I've been using Ubuntu Studio for a while now, lately with the KX repos added.
> Then I had to take my regular computer to service and since anyway I must fool
> around with a backup device I decided to give KXstudio a spin (also because
> I'm curious about KDE).
> Apart from obvious theme and software differences, it seems that KX ships
> without a default (automatic) software updater / manager. Is that a feature or
> a glitch? Any reason not to install Muon?
The ONLY Linux distro I've ever used that had any kind of automatic software updater is Ubuntu. Do others?
And I really consider such a thing something to avoid. Have had too many updates "update" a working setup to a non-working setup.
KDE is a resource-heavy desktop. I'd rather have my processor and memory free of such a load.
David W. Jones
authenticity, honesty, community