Good example of a (perhaps accidental) lens

~ Ric Frye - 14 January, 2014

XBloome is “an Austrian music collective with focus on electronic music”.

They are also long-time proponents of open source and have produced some interesting recordings as open source purists. Their Unsorted page is a cute little lens of what can be done with open source software with some links to tutorials, and etcetera, all produced with open source tools. Sure, it’s just a page at a Joomla powered web site, but as a lens it has a nice focus on what can be done with open source software tools readily at hand at no cost to you with no-hassles licensing.

I first found them in a search for Linux audio tutorials ages ago. Their Audio recording with GNU/Linux page (listed on the Unsorted page above) is also a lens in its own right with a nice focus on the tools they used to create their album X marks the spot, along with some links to, and tips to use them.

One might not like their style of music, but it is hard to argue the quality of their recordings they have created with non-commercial software. And the lenses they create with it, too.

More audio software

~ Ric Frye, 7 January, 2014

While Audacity is a wonderful audio program that is highly recommended there are some others that are petty darned good as well. Here’s a rundown on what else is installed on my DAW along with Audacity.

Eisenkraut was born in Weimar, FRG in a project class on programming audio in Java. It is so opensource it’s author removed it from sourceforge after it was bought out by Dice Inc. and moved it to GitHub, so the old version is available at sourceforge while the new versions will be found at GitHub. Pre-compiled versions are available at BinTray

Jokosher bills itself as A simple yet powerful multi-track studio. “Jokosher provides a complete application for recording, editing, mixing and exporting audio, and has been specifically designed with usability in mind.”, says its creator sf-editor1 truthfully. It is multi-platform and released under a GNU General Public License (GPL)

Kristal, or KRISTAL Audio Engine, as its creators at KristalLabs call it is a commercial product and it is not only free for personal use, but educational and non-commercial use as well. It is Widows only. PreSonus and KristalLabs have teamed up to produce a product named Studio One. “Studio One Free provides all of the recording and editing features needed for basic music production — and as its name implies, it’s free.”, says KristalLabs, and I’m betting they are right. You must enter your email addie and subscribe to the PreSonus newsletter in order to download your copy of Studio One if you are curious about it.. A pro license for a single seat for Kristal comes in at just under 25 euros, so the price will fluctuate a little for us depending on the currency exchange rates at purchase. Licensing for multiple users lowers the cost per seat as the quantity goes up, with 5+ coming in at 19.90 and 10+ weighing in at 14.90 euros per seat.

Traverso DAW is another great tool to turn your Linux, Mac, or Win computer into great DAW. Many people like it and it’s free. You can learn more at their website or download the User Manual for Traverso 0.49.0.

My hope is that some day either the station (or one of its patrons) will have a decent notebook we could install all this stuff on so members could check them out without having to install them all on their own systems just to see which one they like best or which has the features they need to be the tool to get their stuff done. That could save everyone a lot of time in the long run.

I put these in alphabetical order because I think they are all great and didn’t want to leave an impression of ranking them in any way. I’ll leave each person to decide which is best for them. Kristal is the only Win-only product, the rest are multi-platform.