Linked by Filippo Pappalardo on Wed 14th Apr 2004 07:36 UTC
Multimedia, AV I wanted to write something about the great progress being carried on linux as OS of choice for a professional Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) since a long time. With the inclusion of the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) into the 2.6 kernels, time has come to extend my experiences to all of you.
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RE: RE: Everyone
by cheezwog on Wed 14th Apr 2004 20:01 UTC

"But is that any reason to purposely limit the kinds of tools we use when we don't have to. Cetain genres of music benefit more from tools than others - eg, it'd be really had to make ambient music with only an acoustic guitar. "

Well, yes, but you can have a bash at it if it's not *only* an acoustic.
Inspired by that comment, here is a little ambient composition made just now with an acoustic guitar, Ardour, and Freqtweak. The bass is the guitar shifted down an octave with the rather nice pvoc LADSPA pitch shifter. Totally contradicting myself here about plugins, but Freqtweak is so much fun. ;)

www.rocketgoldstar.com/oggs/guitamb.ogg (2.1mb 2mins26 Slow server, Getright advised. Could do with an edit to remove the 5 sec gap at the start and a fade in.)

"So by your logic, maybe we should just go back to using $10 Casio keyboards?"

No, and there is no reason to when you can download a multitracker, effects and softsynths for no cost. I just don't like the attitude I often hear of "Well I would be making great music, but I can't afford/install X piece of equipment/plugin/sequencer".

"So first you argue against tools, and now you're arguing for them ? ;) "

I'm arguing for instruments, which I guess are the tools of musicians. It's hard to make a record without any. ;)
A professional cellist might spend $30,000 on their instrument, but they could still make beautiful music with a $100 one from a junk shop (and most people could probably not tell the difference). It's the skill and ability of the musican that's important, and it's easy to forget that.

@rain
"I found myself much more creative with the 4-channel portastudio I used in my early teens than with the current audio recording software. "

In a way, that's why I'm interested in Linux audio. It's good to work in a different medium sometimes. Sure, it's limited in some ways compared to my Cubase rig, but I find the hard part about writing music is never operating the recorder. ;)