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29 Music Making Apps for Linux

ardour630.jpgaudiojungle.net has been blogging about available musical applications.

[image: Ardour, a new musical workstation]

This week they’ve looked at those available for the Linux operating system and come up with 29. Here’s a quote from the site:

Last week we looked at why Linux deserves some consideration when choosing an operating system for your digital recording studio. But even the worthiest operating system is useless without useable apps. Fortunately, there is a long list of excellent music applications available for Linux. …

We’ll leave out the programs not directly about making music – programs like guitar tuners, streaming systems, notation software and guitar tab apps – but we will look at some of the plug-ins and effects systems that are available. And we’ll leave out the applications that have better alternatives. My original list had over 50 programs.

Most of the programs are available free of charge, and in general are of higher quality than the free audio apps for Windows we looked at a few weeks ago. So without further ado, here are 29 music making applications for Linux.

Ardour is “the new digital audio workstation”. It aims to be a professional DAW, and offers features like “multichannel recording, non-destructive editing with unlimited undo/redo, full automation support, a powerful mixer, unlimited tracks/busses/plugins, timecode synchronization, and hardware control from surfaces like the Mackie Control Universal.”

Jokosher is a simpler multi-track recorder, designed for guitarists, not engineers. It “provides a complete application for recording, editing, mixing and exporting audio, and has been specifically designed with usability in mind.” It’s perfect for musicians who want to record their music without spending all of their time learning how the program works.

Sweep is an audio editor and live playback tool. It aims to be easy to use, support many codecs and audio formats, and support LADSPA effects plug-ins (see below).

For more, go to: http://blog.audiojungle.net/resources/29-music-making-apps-for-linux/ If you’re a Linux user and musician, this is a must!


Oct 6, 2009
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