Now that I could save my work to the server, I right clicked on the desktop & immediately went into the AUDIO and then DEE JAY sub menus and chose to run Hydrogen, a drum machine. It ran but it immediately gave the error: "Error starting audio driver". I went into the File -> Preferences menu. In the Preferences window, the Audio System tab showed me that it is trying to connect to Jack. So I hit cancel, File -> Exit. Right clicked for the dyne:bolic menu, chose AUDIO, DEE JAY, jack daemon.
Screen shot of JACKD started
Once it started up I reran Hydrogen and this time it did not give an error on startup. From the File menu I was able to open a demo song and I hit play and it played a drum track. Next I wanted to export the track as a solid WAV so that I might have proof that it worked but every time I tried to export it, the program would vanish from the screen.
Screen shot of Hydrogen
So with Hydrogen calling it quits, I left the jackd control panel (qjackctl) running and I moved on to another program called terminatorX or what the dyne:bolic menu described as "filescratch turntables". terminatorX opened up without error or incident and I went into the Options -> Preferences dialog and found that the program is setup to use the OSS driver by default. Since I know that I already have jack running I selected the jack driver. I hit Apply & OK and was brought back to the terminatorX main window. I messed around in the interface until I got a hang of it. The terminatorX program allows you to mix sound samples loaded into what it calls turntables. Then I added another turntable, Turntable 2 to the screen, and I loaded a WAV of my brother Thomas doing Randy Rhodes guitar solo from Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train". In Turntable 1 and loaded the drums accompaniment to for the solo.
Screen shot of terminatorX.
I panned T1 to the left channel and T2 to the right channel. I clicked on Power to activate the turntables and I discovered that it performs a simultaneous mix of both turntables on the fly and outputs is to the sound card. Further messing around let to the discovery that you can 'sync' one turntable to another, each turntable has its own user editable effects (EQs, filters, echoes, reverbs, etc) and adjustable pitch. I then discovered that you can not only perform tweaks, edits, increase effects and apply filter sweeps in real time but it will record your mouse movements and allow you to create your own custom mix. I added a Chorus effect to the guitar solo in a couple spots & was satisfied with the result. Now I wanted to get a final recording of my mix, so I went to the menu Turntables -> Record Audio To Disk menu option, told it to save to file tom-terminated.wav and it brought me back to the main screen. I hit the Power button and in a X-term I did a ls -lh *wav and found that it was indeed recording the mix to disk. I was happy that the mix was now a WAV file so I saved my project with its recorded events to a file and closed terminatorX.
I ran another program called rezound which I found at AUDIO, EDIT, rezound. Upon running rezound, jackd asked me to confirm the connection of the audio output from rezound to the audio out of the sound card. After that the program completed loading and I was at the main screen. Rezound is a audio editor that is similar to Sound Forge or CoolEditPro. I opened my mix WAV file and discovered that it was sampled at 48kHz as opposed to more the common 44.1kHz sample rate that CDs use. I believe that I easily overcame the learning curve for the interface as I have years of experience with similar audio tools. I resampled the mix down to 44.1 kHz and used the LADSPA stereo amplification plugin to make track louder as track was too quiet. I saved my now final mix as a new WAV file called tom-terminated2.wav and then closed rezound.
Screen shot of rezound