The developer of KXStudio – a KDE desktop aimed at artists, producers, musicians as well as regular users, has released all JUCE (Jules’ Utility Class Extensions) based TAL plug-ins as 32 and 64bit plug-ins for Linux.
Recently a user pointed me at this webpage where there are many free VSTs to download. Sadly the plugins only have Windows and Mac downloads, but… some have source code available…
So I decided to give it a shot, and try to compile them for Linux. It worked! We now have 4 more great plugins (3 Effects and 1 Intrument) in our list of VSTs for Linux!
Why is this so important? Because these plugins not only look really good, they sound great too! VST has future in Linux too!
I just picked up a $280 Asus netbook and installed Ubuntu on it. ReBirth seemed a perfect addition; its compact-sized UI, lightweight processing and memory requirements, and simple functions are the ideal companion to a netbook. And, thanks to Propellerhead, it also happens to be free.
If you stick with Windows, just download and go. On Linux, though, you have to give the installer some help to see the install disc. (Why install Linux? I’m finding Ubuntu is just fine for battery life, and I wanted to take advantage of the OS’ optimizations for netbooks and its flexibility for the work I do, audio and otherwise. Windows 7 Starter, by contrast, I found slow and painfully hobbled.) You’ll need WINE, a Windows compatibility tool, in order to run this Windows app in Linux without virtualization.
Sound artist, Craig Colorusso, returns to Western Massachusetts with his latest piece, a solar powered sound installation; SUN BOXES.
For the first three weekends of November Turners Falls River Culture will present Craig Colorusso’s latest piece Sun Boxes. At three locations, allowing the participants to observe the piece evolve as it moves through the town.
Nov. 5-7 Lawn of the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Ave.
Nov. 12-14 Peskeomskut Park, Ave. A + 7th Sts
Nov. 19-21 Lawn at the beginning of the bike path, 1st St
Sun Boxes is a solar powered sound installation. It’s comprised of twenty speakers operating independently, each powered by the sun via solar panels. Inside each Sun Box is a PC board that has a recorded guitar note loaded and programmed to play continuously in a loop. These guitar notes collectively make a Bb chord. Because the loops are different in length, once the piece begins they continually overlap and the piece slowly evolves over time.
Participants are encouraged to walk amongst the speakers, and surround themselves with the piece. Certain speakers will be closer and, therefore, louder so the piece will sound different to different people in different positions throughout the array. Allowing the audience to move around the piece will create a unique experience for everyone. in addition, the participants are encouraged to wander through the speakers, which will alter the composition as they move. Given the option two people will take different paths through the array and hear the composition differently. Sun Boxes is not just one composition, but, many.
We are all reliant on the sun. It is refreshing to be reminded of this. Our lives have filled up with technology. But we still need the sun and so does Sun Boxes. Karlheinze Stockhausen once said “using Short-wave radios in pieces was like improvising with the world.” Similarly, Sun Boxes is collaborating with the planet and its relation to the sun.
Colorusso now lives on the South Shore of Boston with a wife and a cat.
In this first compilation created by Sound Tamasha that is released under a Creative Commons license, we present a small selection of the artists who collaborated in our project during the last two years. In fact, this release is the first electronic music compilation of Indo-European artist collaborations. The artists featured are: 22ROCKETS, Hamza, Sedat Altinok, B.L.O.T., Vipul Angirish, Andre Wakko, Tiago Oudman, and Ricardo Ferreira.
The best part of it is that you can use it without the usual restrictions of digital music: put it on your laptop, MP3 player, home stereo or car with no copy-protection or legal boundaries. You can share it with your friends, family, or that special girl/boy you might have a crush on. Thanks to the artists who support the distribution of music beyond commercial interests, all the great music comes for FREE!
MusE, a MIDI/Audio sequencer with recording and editing capabilities for Linux, was updated to version 1.0.
This is not the beginning, nor the end, but it marks the culmination of 10 years of feature packed and bug ridden development towards the goal of making a good platform for creating music on the Linux platform
Changes since MusE v0.9
DSSI + Win VST support.
Python remote control API (for wonderful things), some primitive example scripts for live re-sequencing included, more to come.
Instrument editor with GS/XG drum controller support.
Better bounce operations, with Jack freewheel mode support.
Better midi sync output.
Midi controller knobs in pianoroll and drum editor.
Jack transport master timebase function.
External midi filtering support write your midi filters in just about anything, including bash.
Denormal protection + limiter.
Record looping overdub, replace, mix support.
Audio optimizations, less CPU usage.
Countless fixes and tweaks, about a 1000 lines in the Changelog, check it for a complete list of blood sweat and tears.
MusE is available to download under the GNU General Public License.
Make’s definitive guide to open source hardware projects in 2009.
Welcome to definitive guide to open source hardware projects in 2009. First up – What is open source hardware? These are projects in which the creators have decided to completely publish all the source, schematics, firmware, software, bill of materials, parts list, drawings and "board" files to recreate the hardware – they also allow any use, including commercial. Similar to open source software like Linux, but this hardware centric.
Each year we do a guide to all open source hardware and this year there are over 125 unique projects/kits in 19 categories, up from about 60 in 2008, more than doubling the projects out there! – it’s incredible! Many are familiar with Arduino (shipping over 100,000 units, estimated) but there are many other projects just as exciting and filled with amazing communities – we think we’ve captured nearly all of them in this list. Some of these projects and kits are available from MAKE others from the makers themselves or other hardware manufacturers – but since it’s open source hardware you can make any of these yourself, start a business, everything is available, that’s the point.
Flo Kaufmann shows his “satrap activ” portable analog synthesizer made out of a vacuum cleaner.
It contains 2 cmos based VCO’s , a Moog ladder filter, a 555 based ADSR, a cmos based 8 step sequencer, a PIC based vc to midi interface and a PIC based auto trigger unit. There are 4 tunable knobs on top, mostly to play base lines, and 2 conductable wires, which act as voltage dividers to generate variable tones. the wires do not vibrate. so it is not a cord instrument. satrap activ can also control other synthesizers either by midi or cv/gate interface.
For a generation of musicians of nearly every genre, the laptop has become an instrument. It’s easy to take for granted, but the rise of the computer for music has been remarkable. Less than twenty years ago, real-time digital synthesis and audio processing was the domain of expensive, specialized workstations. Now, $700 per seat can buy you a full-blown musical rig, with the computer hardware, gestural input courtesy the Nintendo Wii controller, and even a DIY speaker made from IKEA salad bowls. The next challenge is to make this setup as flexible and reliable as possible. Enter Linux.
Joe Glider of Home Studio Corner has a reivew of the Line 6 JM4 Looper pedal:
I’ve always been absolutely fascinated with looper pedals. Any time an artist uses one in a performance, I’m spellbound. As soon as you introduce a looper pedal into your setup, suddenly all the rules change. You’re no longer a solo performer, you’re an entire ensemble. It’s like you brought a recording studio right on stage with you, and now you’re doing an overdub session for all of us to see. Fascinating.
Needless to say, I’ve wanted a looper pedal for years. Thanks to the good folks at Line 6, now I have one!* What I love about the JM4 is that it’s not JUST a looper. It’s an entire guitar workstation. It has both amp modeling and three different selectable effects.
It’s simply stunning some of the terrific instrument and effect plug-ins available that are now free and open source – yes, free as in freedom, not just freeware. I had commented in the past something along the lines of, “boy, wouldn’t it be great if this now meant, say, a Linux port?” and then went on the business of my daily life, which tends not to include re-compiling plug-ins. But now, the folks of JUCETICE have been busy doing just that, serving up delicious instrument and effect goodness, running native on Linux.
It was constructed a year ago as a third birthday present, and has recently come back to me for some 'refurbishment' – fresh batteries and some glue to fix LEDs that have been pushed into the box. Not too bad after a year with a small child!
Sebastian Tomczak recorded a sample pack from a YM2413 chip.
The sample pack consists on 245 samples. These are:
5 drum sounds
16 sounds per instrument, across 15 preset instruments
In the case of all of the pitched sounds, the samples include every C and G pitch from C-2 to G6 (16 in total). Every even-numbered file is a G. Every odd-numbered file is a C. Samples are available in wav and mp3.
Casper Electronics’ Echo Bender is an echo, distortion and experimental, stand alone noise generator. It’s capable of creating smooth, clean echos as well as delving deep into screeching, noisy realms seldom heard from a traditional echo pedal.
Echo Bender V2 features
True bypass foot switch
Effect activation indicator LED
9 volt DC Power jack
9 Volt Battery compartment
1/4″ Switching input jack (conserves battery power by switching off power when plug is empty)
1/4″ Output jack
External power supply included. Input 120AC, output 9Volts DC. 200mA