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Any musicians out there using Mint/Linux?

Post by wutsinterweb » Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:08 am

I play guitar, or rather, I used to be a decent guitarist and I'm rediscovering my abilities. I only have one electric guitar and a small amp and a xoom pedal, nothing like what I used to have.

I'm wishing to chat with Linux musician types and discuss software, connectivity, hardware as relates to Linux (boxes and amps that connect via USB for instance).

I just want to learn and improve and create.
I'm just a student, your guidance is appreciated.

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Post by Hoser Rob » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:18 am

This is the most recommended site AFAIK:

https://linuxmusicians.com/

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Post by wutsinterweb » Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:09 pm

thanks!
I'm just a student, your guidance is appreciated.

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Post by Booman » Tue Jul 02, 2019 4:17 pm

I'm a Drummer, guitarist and singer.... I write all of my own songs.
I've recorded a few albums years ago... like almost 18 years ago... using Cakewalk in Windows.

I'm always rehearsing my songs and practicing. I have recently recorded some scratch-tracks in Audacity in Mint 18.3
I recorded them with a click so I can practice drums with earphones on. Its a lot of fun...

One day I'm going to build an amateur studio and start recording again.
The cool thing is recording hardware and gear hasn't changed much these days. Everything is still USB 2.0 like the digital I/O boxes and sound cards.
So setting up a studio shouldn't be too difficult.

There are some good open source recording applications that run in Linux as well:
http://ardour.org/

I really miss recording, mixing and editing music.. I literally spend hours and hours editing my drum tracks and adding effects.. etc
I have even looked into Ubuntu Studio as a recording distro: https://ubuntustudio.org/
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Post by wutsinterweb » Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:10 pm

cool!
I'm just a student, your guidance is appreciated.

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Post by MartyMint » Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:27 pm

I'm an amateur musician/multi-instrumentalist and I do all my audio production under Linux.
Proprietary audio production software can be expensive and licensing can be daunting...that's why I'm glad Linux is a viable candidate for people like me.

Most of my projects are done using Ubuntu 18.04 Mate with KXStudio repositories added, but these repositories can be added very easily with Linux Mint.
I ran a low-latency kernel for 6 years (since Ubuntu 12.04), but honestly I've switched to a mainline kernel 5 months ago with no noticeable conflict or disruptions.

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Post by all41 » Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:29 pm

Check out this site for dozens of music production freeware
http://libremusicproduction.com/tools?

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Post by Swampthing » Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:37 am

I play music as well.
We play a few concerts a year.
Currently we use Garageband and Logic Pro X to record stuff.
I'm looking into Linux for other options, I started using Ubuntu Studio, but I'd rather use Mint and maybe use it to record the songs.

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Post by lsemmens » Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:07 am

I was a rhythm guitarist, acoustic, or Bassist in Church bands for over 30 years. Haven't played much recently though.
Kernel: 4.15.0-46-generic x86_64 bits
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Post by Booman » Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:19 pm

Very nice everyone!
Thanks for the link All41

MartyMint - So are you saying "low latency" kernel is no longer needed for multi-track recording?
I noticed in Mint there is a setting in audio for "latency". Its a slider... I moved it over like .1 and my scratch-tracks record perfectly with a click track and a guitar track.
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Post by phd21 » Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:45 pm

Hi wutsinterweb,

I just read your post and the good replies to it. Here are my thoughts on this as well.

Here are previous posts with good links and information.

Any music producers out there using Linux DAW's???? - Linux Mint Forums
viewtopic.php?f=48&t=277768&hilit=musician

Greetings from Denmark - Linux Mint Forums
viewtopic.php?f=180&t=292757&hilit=music+production

Linux specifically for Music & Video Production - Linux Mint Forums
viewtopic.php?f=90&t=278251&hilit=music+production

Hope this helps ...
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Post by wutsinterweb » Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:20 pm

Thank you everybody!
I'm just a student, your guidance is appreciated.

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Post by jimallyn » Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:21 am

I have used Audacity in Linux a fair bit and it works well. Have also used JACK and Rosegarden a bit and they also work well. If you want to print music out, MuseScore is great.
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Post by wutsinterweb » Sun Aug 04, 2019 2:09 pm

Brother in law, who is an EE (I'm a technician from another life) wants us to pick a kit from here:

https://buildyourownclone.com/

First and make something and see how it goes.

I will, when I can afford it, take advantage of those Linux supporting pedals.
I'm just a student, your guidance is appreciated.

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Post by wutsinterweb » Tue Aug 13, 2019 6:54 pm

So quite a while back I installed and set up JACK. I don't even remember how I installed it and set it up (what site is good for that so I can do it for others???)

I installed Rackarrak and got it working with Patchage for JACK, I still haven't properly learned how the wiring in Pathcage works, but I've gotten some idea.

Over the last few days I struggled a little with Ardour (getting it "wired" right so I didn't have feedback and could playback what I recorded) and now that I'm getting that down and reading the manual it struck me that:

1. I have software on my system I've forgotten about and didn't learn how to set up or use, suck as ebumeter, gtkwave editor, jnoisemeter, and meterbridge. So I need to come up to speed (need help for instance getting the meter programs to work and show VU Meter readings while playing my guitar into the computer).

2. I don't seem to get a strong enough effect with the chorus option in Rackarrak and don't know why?

3. I want a program that will listen to what I play and transcribe it to musical notation (is there such a thing?)

4. I need a software noise filter for guitar, is there one?
I'm just a student, your guidance is appreciated.

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Post by Booman » Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:48 am

I haven't used JACK yet, but heard many great things about it.

Definitely spend the time learning the software and configurations so when its time to record you don't have to stop and learn. This way you can focus on the music and talent. The best way is to record an improvised song with multiple tracks & instruments. Work with mixing them, adding effects, editing... etc.

Yes there are programs that transcribe what you play, I think they work better with MIDI instruments, but have heard they work with acoustic and electric instruments as well. Not sure if there is one for Linux?

As for noise filter, you can use a Gate. Normally these filter high Pass or low Pass frequencies, but can also ruin the quality of your instrument if use improperly. Recording applications should have a gate built in, but I've heard that a hardware gate can be more efficient and higher quality. Of course that means more money.

I've never used a gate or noise filter on guitar because the waves are pretty consistent in recording. Normally they are used in Drums because of all the bleed from other drums and symbols into the individual mics.
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Post by SausageCreature » Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:30 pm

Excellent post. Thanks. Book marked this. Maybe not I have Mint I can escape Cubase - as a beginner it is not an easy tool to learn.
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