[LAU] audacity alternative?

Jeremy Jongepier jeremy at autostatic.com
Fri Jun 11 13:27:33 UTC 2010

On 06/11/2010 03:16 PM, Joep L. Blom wrote:
> Hartmut Noack wrote:
>> Am 11.06.2010 08:23, schrieb Joep L. Blom:
>>> Joel Roth wrote:
>>>> On Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 07:59:15PM -0700, Greg wrote:
>>>>> Hi all, I was wondering if you knew of a good alternative to Audacity.
>>> I discovered 2 days ago qtractor and I think that does the things you
>>> want.
>> Qtractor is a powerful, very nice MII-Sequencer with good
>> Audio-capabilities but it is NOT the obvious choice, if you want to
>> replace Audacity.
>> I also recommend MHWaveedit. For day-to-day audiocutting and even as
>> an advanced wave-fileplayer. (And I have not seen a crash with it in
>> the last 2 or-so years).
>> SND is very cool for experiments with sounds derived from recordings
>> but its learning-curve is steep if you want to use it for simple stuff.
>> Si I like SND for granular-synthesis, extreme time-strecheffects,
>> realtime-effects for small samples and so on but MHW is better for
>> simple editing.
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> Hartmut,
> You suggested mwaveedit and, as I'm rather new, I loaded it using
> synaptic (ubuntu Karmic 9.10) it installed without problems and it
> loaded rather fast.
> However, my first impression is that for the task I want to perform
> mixing 4 tracks recorded from 2 piano's,(2 recorded with 2 microphones
> and 2 from the output of an E-piano), the view of qtractor where all
> channels can be combined together is easier than 4 separate windows,
> although it  seems much easier to change the presentation of each
> channel individually in mwaveedit.
> Primarily I'm musician (former computer-'expert', programming  in
> various languages) and not at all familiar with the 'language' used in
> the digital audio world. So I have to get to know what the LADSPA
> filternames mean as the names has no meaning to me. But at the moment my
>  most pressing problem is the fact that I get lots of XRUN errors which
> clip the sound so a notmal mix cannot be made. I cannot understand why
> this should happen as I have an AMD Phenom II (4-core) processor so I
> assume more than sufficient computing power: I have it as well in
> qtractor as in mwaveedit.
> If somebody can give some clues what to change I would be very grateful.
> I use the plain Karmic kernel with no extra sound modules. Stopping
> pulsaudio (pulseaudio -k) doesn't make any difference.
> Thanks in advance,
> Joep

Hello joep,

What type of soundcard are you using? And what are your current JACK
settings? These settings are stored in your home folder, in the .jackdrc
file, could you post the content of that file?



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