[LAU] Music recorded with Linux : c2016-03


This is a short improv on a simple riff.  Two acoustic guitars, one
acoustic bass guitar, a bit of synth here and there.  A bit more than a
minute and a half.  What's new here is the use of two mics for
the instruments.  I have a M-Audio Pulsar (not Pulsar 2) that I forgot
about since I got the AT-2020 a year ago.  So I uncovered it, plugged
it, aimed both and pressed record.  The strumming went along.  I kept
it, then I added the lead and bass, and some colours. Then fiddled a
bit with the volumes, EQ, reverb (using the free U-he Protoverb), wave
volume editing in Ardour.



Michael Jarosch | 8 Feb 01:22 2016

[LAU] Alternative to jack-play

Hi, there!

I'm searching for an alternative to jack-play. I don't like using an
environment variable.
The main use is to send different one-shot-samples across different
outputs of my HDSP9652 in a bash-script (or similar).

What are my options?

Stephen Doonan | 7 Feb 18:39 2016

[LAU] Yamaha MU90R Tone Generator, FREE

Free giveaway -- Yamaha MU90R tone generator (rackmount)
Preferred recipient -- Linux audio developer or group

Hello all-- I have a Yamaha MU90R one-unit-high rackmount tone generator (sound module) for giveaway (I may ask the recipient to pay the shipping cost, however).

This unit is fully functional (unlike the GEM RealPiano Expander I offer in another discussion thread which has a defective LCD display) and in great shape.

Thanks to suggestions in the RealPiano Expander thread, I would like to donate this rackmount unit to a person or group involved in some way with Linux audio development or promotion, if they think it might be useful.

A search at Google or DuckDuckGo.com (ddg.gg) for "Yamaha MU90R" will yield many results for images, YouTube videos, manuals, information, etc.

Best wishes,
My SoundCloud music: https://m.soundcloud.com/stephendoonan

Linux-audio-user mailing list

[LAU] Mixing Practice : a resource

Since I started, recently, to take a real interest in mixing things, I
immediately saw that there is a good amount of people out there eager
to sell audio mixing tutorial and packages of all sorts.  Some might be
good, some might using the advertisement campaigns to promote
not-so-good contents.  Some do send (very) regularly to your mailbox
dubious promotion of products disguised as information.  Now, some of
these people might actually have solid learning material and are using
a common ad system for lack of better ways.  I do not know.

What I have found, though, are the resources for Mike Senior's book
Mixing Secrets.  There is a large number of session files that can be
loaded in Ardour (and other DAWs since they are simply wav files).  For
beginners such as me, to intermediate to advanced, covering a wide
array of musical styles, from sessions consisting of a single track to
full-blown sessions of 60+ tracks.

There are so many styles represented that one will find a few tracks
closer to his/her own liking.  Even then, for general mixing practice,
the ground covered is very generous.

Moreover, there are discussion groups for many of those tracks where
people upload their mixes and talk about them.  And new tracks are
being added from time to time.

There is no need to buy anything at all.  I would recommend the book
though, even if its 'Secrets' catching title might be too tacky, it is
a book whose goal is to establish a good understanding.  There is a lot
of substance, not only tricks or 'secrets'.

I hope I'm not sounding like an advertisement (must say that I read a
fair share lately ! :) This is a great place for anyone interested in
trying out some mixing practice, throwing your plugins at it (mixing
god forbid !), etc.


Stephen Doonan | 7 Feb 12:13 2016

[LAU] PianoTeq and Linux

I just wanted to mention that the software sound module / tone generator 


--works very well with Linux. I'm sure others in the LAU list are 
already familiar with PianoTeq, but this is the first time I have used a 
software tone generator to produce piano sounds in response to playing 
my MIDI keyboard (a Yamaha CP5 digital piano), and I have been very 
impressed with the results.

PianoTeq can use either ALSA or JACK (much lower latency using JACK in 
my experience) and unlike some of the massive "ROMpler" (sampled) 
software sound libraries that have been available for years, uses 
complex and highly-configurable algorithms to model the sounds of pianos 
(including some famous Steinway, Boesendorfer, and other current and 
historical pianos), electric pianos, mallet instruments such as vibes 
and steel drums, etc.

I ran the MIDI file of one of my pieces (Abstract 1) through PianoTeq 
and produced a short YouTube video to demonstrate one of the presets for 
PianoTeq's model of a Hamburg Steinway model D piano, here--


I'm already planning to upgrade my copy of the economically-priced 
PianoTeq Stage to their Standard or Pro edition. An LV2 plugin version 
of PianoTeq is bundled with the software, although I haven't tried it 
yet. I was just surprised and very pleased that the software, available 
for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux works so well in Linux (it does not 
require WINE or any special configuration to work). It is distributed as 
a very well (and beautifully) designed, highly-configurable and 
feature-rich executable application that runs very well (so far, in my 
experience) natively within Linux.

Best wishes,

My Music: https://soundcloud.com/stephendoonan/
Stephen Doonan | 7 Feb 11:54 2016

[LAU] GeneralMusic RealPiano Expander, FREE

I have a GeneralMusic RealPiano Expander tone generator, a one-unit high 
rack-mount half-width hardware sound source, to give away free to 
someone who may be interested.

This sound module or tone generator responds to MIDI signals and 
produces a variety of sounds (pianos, electric pianos, vibes, etc.). It 
was very well-regarded in its day (just 12-15 years ago), and 
GeneralMusic was famous for modeling sympathetic string resonance into 
their piano samples/sounds, before Roland later "invented" modeled 
string resonance for their piano sound engines in their digital pianos 
(such as the current RD-800) and rack-mounted tone generators (such as 
the Integra-7).

This GeneralMusic tone generator still works great, EXCEPT that the 
front LCD display seems to be nearly worn out and does not give a very 
good indication of changes made when front-panel buttons are pushed. I'm 
not enough of an electronic tinkerer to fix or replace the LCD screen, 
so this tone module might better be given to someone who is more 
proficient at taking electronic devices apart and working a little on them.

It's free to whomever might like it, although if the shipping expenses 
are high I might ask the recipient to help pay for the shipping. It's a 
small unit though and shouldn't cost too much to ship within the United 
States, and perhaps not too much to ship to Europe or elsewhere with 
help from the recipient.

If you are interested in this very nice, somewhat older MIDI tone 
generator / sound-module, let me know at my email address, 

I may not choose the first person to express an interest in the device; 
instead, I will consider several factors before making a decision as to 
whom to give it to. I love the sounds it produces, but as I mentioned it 
needs a little work (unless someone wants to use it "blind," without 
having much feedback from the LCD screen (the manual will be included)) 
and have plenty of other sound sources to work with now.

Best wishes,

My Music: https://soundcloud.com/stephendoonan/
Romain Michon | 5 Feb 17:42 2016

[LAU] Faust Awards 2016: call for participation

[Sorry for cross-posting, please distribute.]

Faust Open Source Software Competition
 (Submission Deadline: June 1, 2016)

The Faust Open-Source Software Competition is intended to promote innovative high-quality free audio software developed with the Faust programming language, as well as development tools build around the Faust compiler itself. The Faust Open-Source Software award will be attributed to the best submission by an international committee of leading experts in the field. The competition is sponsored by Grame, centre national de création musicale. The winning software will receive a 2000€ price to encourage its authors. The results will be announced July 15, 2016.

To participate, the software must be provided with source code and licensed with a Free/Open Source license. A substantial part of the software must be written in Faust and the Faust source code must be provided. As part of the review process, the software will be built from the sources. All source code, license, video demonstration, installation instructions, and any other documentation must be available on a public web page. License compatibility with other open source software is encouraged. Dependencies on non-open source third-party software are discouraged, with the exception of operating systems and freely available commercial packages.

Authors are required to prepare a video demonstrating the software. This video must be done carefully, and should convincingly present the qualities of the software. The submission must also contain any useful documentation, including examples of how the provided software might be used, existing prototypes that use the software, download statistics or other public usage information. The criteria for judging submissions includes broad applicability and potential impact, novelty, technical depth, reusability, etc.

Junior Competition
In parallel to the Faust Open-Source Software Competition we introduce this year a junior competition, the Faust Student Software Competition, with a 200€ prize for the winner. The Faust Student Software Competition is intended to promote interesting audio processing and synthesis applications written in Faust in a single file in less than 1000 words. The word count is done after removing the comments from the code:

    cat foo.dsp | stripcmt | wc -w.

The use of the standard Faust libraries is strongly encouraged. They don't take part in the word count.   

Important dates
- Start of the competition: February 8, 2016
- Software Submission Deadline: June 1, 2016
- Results of the competition: July 1, 2016

Submission Guidelines
Authors interested in participating in the Faust Open Source Software Competition or the Faust Student Software Competition should send a submission email to <faustaward-+hQPbJawQ9E@public.gmane.org> with a PDF file attached containing the following information:

- Title of submission,
- Category of submission (*Faust Open Source Software Competition* or *Faust Student Software Competition*),
- Name, email and affiliation of the main author,
- Names, emails and affiliations of other authors,
- A permanent link for the open source software (e.g., Sourceforge, GitHub, Google Code, etc.),
- A permanent link for the video demonstration (e.g., YouTube, Vimeo, etc.),
- A link to a compressed archive file that contains the software (source code, documentation, build/install instructions, and licenses). Comprehensive and clear build/install instructions will be a crucial component of any submission. The committee will make a reasonable effort to build the software for the top contributions, but if they are unable to make the software run, it will be excluded from the competition.

International Committee
- Jean-Louis Giavitto (IRCAM, Paris, France),
- Albert Gräf (Johannes Gutenberg U., Mainz, Germany),
- Pierre Jouvelot (Ecole des Mines, Paris, France),
- Victor Lazzarini (Maynooth U., Maynooth, Ireland),
- Romain Michon (CCRMA, Stanford , USA)
- Yann Orlarey (Grame, Lyon, France),
- Dave Phillips (Musician/Journalist, Findlay, USA)
- Laurent Pottier (U. Jean Monnet, Saint Etienne, France),
- Julius Smith (CCRMA, Stanford , USA)

Previous Winners
- 2015: [Guitarix](http://guitarix.sourceforge.net/), by Hermann Meyer and Andreas Degert

Linux-audio-user mailing list
Stephen Doonan | 4 Feb 16:45 2016

[LAU] Linux Music/Audio Community


It's great to be able to type at the computer again and communicate a 
little with the international Linux-oriented audo/music community, and 
to practice piano after a long break due to cancer and cancer treatment. 
My right arm and hand were disabled, so typing at the computer and 
playing piano has been part of the therapy in trying to recover as much 
use as possible of my right arm.

I'm a long-time musician and fairly long-time Linux user (since the late 
1990s). I've been grateful over the years to be able to use Ardour 
(digital audio / MIDI) and Qtractor and RoseGarden (MIDI / digital 
audio), Jack, Jamin and the many wonderful audio/music related apps for 


My current music work environment--

Computer: Linux operating system
Keyboard: Yamaha CP5 88-key digital piano
Sound Modules: Roland Integra-7, Fantom XR
Rack gear: Rane mixers (SM 26B, SM 82), DBX patchbay
Audio / MIDI interface: Focusrite Scarlett 2i4
Apps: Ardour (audio recording / editing), Qtractor (MIDI recording / 


I've uploaded some recent recordings of some of my original material to 
Soundcloud (performed as well as I can manage at this time)--


--and am so happy to be composing again and to be recovering some of my 
ability to play the instrument of my choice, and am happy to be able to 
communicate with other people in the Linux-oriented audio and music 
community again. Thank you.

Best wishes,
Steve Doonan
New Mexico, US

David Runge | 3 Feb 21:04 2016

[LAU] LAC is dead! Long live miniLAC!

Hello Linux Audio Community!

This is the announcement you have been waiting for.

We've come to the conclusion that doing a full LAC at the announced date is
impossible, as our sponsoring setup didn't work out, therefore we have decided
to go ahead with a miniLAC instead.

Since we have already planned a lot of stuff, we thought it would be a shame to
let all the work go to waste, so we asked a few people whether they'd be
interested in a more compact and reduced conference program.

What we can currently offer with the resources available are:
  * a lecture track
  * workshop tracks (one of which will use the c-base soundlab)
  * live audio sessions
  * hacking sessions
  * tours around interesting berlin places
  * linux audio nights

This  miniature version of a Linux Audio Conference is still planned to take
place during the (kind of) announced date: 8.-10. April 2016.  The location is
now set:
	c-base, the spacestation below Berlin Mitte (http://c-base.org)

Our plan is to start off on Friday with a meet-and-greet evening at c-base,
where we will have an open stage for anyone who wants to connect their devices.

Since we don't have the originally intended resources, we will have to limit
attendance to around 150 participants.

Additionally, if there is interest for this (especially for people arriving
earlier), we'll try to organize optional visits to other Berlin locations on
Friday 8. April.

Please create an account on our wiki, to be able to set things up with us:
http://frab.linuxaudio.org (will later move on to
The wiki is still a work in progress, but should feature all necessary
information by the end of the week.

To satisfy your academic paper skills, we intend to support another crew that
could organize a second conference part at the FrosCon 2016
(http://www.froscon.de/), which is happening in Bonn 20th and 21st of August.
Here is a link to our issue concerning this topic on Github:

We hope to see you at the miniLAC16!

miniLAC16 Orga team

Linux-audio-user mailing list
Ffanci Silvain | 2 Feb 13:09 2016

[LAU] [OT!] SSL problems - unable to manage some list accounts

Hey hey everyone,
sorry for the far off-topic, but I thought someone here might be able to help.

For a while now - not sure how long - I've been unable to connect to HTTPS URLs. I've tried all commandline
browsers (lynx, links, elinks and w3m). My graphic is currently updated to death (screenreader Orca
doesn't work), so I'll stay with the commandline.

System: Debian Squeeze

Attempted solutions:
aptitude upgrade
googling (and hitting lots of articels about generating SSL certificates for your own Apache :-( )

Any help, article or guide would be appreciated. Again sorry for the absolute OT!

* Homepage: https://freeshell.de/~silvain
* Twitter:  http://twitter.com/ffanci_silvain
* GitHub:   https://github.com/fsilvain
jrdooley | 1 Feb 08:07 2016

[LAU] formuls makes music!

Hi Linux Audio Users!

Today is the digital release of my algorithmically controlled music 
project "entryiseasierthantheexit". Inspired by Vitor Azevedo's 
paintings "Entry" and "Exit", the project features two EPs: 
"entryiseasierthantheexit_entry" and "entryiseasierthantheexit_exit". 
Each consists of a collection of sonic scenes produced by what I have 
called the formuls algo-synth: a set of Pd patches/modules that perform 
additive and subtractive synthesis, slicing, sequencing and effects. 
These are all controlled by touchscreen interfaces to generate control 
algorithms for each module.

The EPs were recorded and produced with Bitwig, using a host of LV2s 
(such as the fantastic Calf plugins) and Linux VST plugins, and mastered 
using JAMin. The EPs are available for download at 
http://formuls.bandcamp.com/ and they are free/"name you price"!

You can also see a promo video (thanks to Niccolò Granieri and Integra 
Lab) of a live improvisation with the formuls algo-synth here: 

Enjoy and let me know what you think!
James aka formuls



Linux-audio-user mailing list
Linux-audio-user <at> lists.linuxaudio.org