Linux Music Production
plug.org at todandlorna.com
Thu Aug 11 18:06:57 MDT 2011
On 8/11/2011 12:26 PM, Brett Rasmussen wrote:
> One thing that might be a caveat: you said you have no budget for this, and
> the paradigm that I'm slightly familiar with is having at least some sort of
> instrument outside of the computer for actually creating the notes. For
> example, a MIDI synthesizer that you would play on to send note data to the
> computer, for which you'd need a MIDI sound card, and the software would
> provide the sound itself. Or you could use a synthesizer or mic or guitar
> that you were just recording into the computer via a sound card that took
> XLR or 1/4-inch inputs. For these sorts of things, I've been looking at the
> M-audio Delta 1010lt (~$180), which is a sound card that has a whole bunch
> of different dongles of different types of audio inputs and outputs. With
> something like that, you could do all of the above and more.
> But that whole paradigm is based on having at least some external hardware.
> As for creating the notes directly on the computer, I know there's stuff
> out there that does that, like GarageBand in the Apple world, and there
> probably is stuff like that in linux, but I just haven't played around with
> all of it enough to know.
If I got into it, I'd obviously make budget for it, but for now it's
purely a curiosity, so it gets no dough until I'm a little more
serious. I have heard much the same, but I don't play keyboard anyway,
so that wouldn't be terribly helpful.
A long time ago, say, 15 years or so, I have a .mid editor in Windows
that basically let me make sheet music and turn it into a midi file. It
was fun, and made small files I could share over dialup with friends,
and it led to other musical things we enjoyed, but they were midi files,
and sounded pretty bad compared to them new-fangled mp3-majigs. So we
never went much further than a month or so of fiddling.
I figured I could do something like that with some sound-loops and
create something either very lounge or very 80s sounding with nothing
but a computer. So that's the dream, I guess. Thanks for your input.
It's a good start.
Maybe some linux sound people could put together a presentation for a
PLUG meeting sometime. *hint hint*
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