Audio

The making of tubeAmp: don’t moan, write code
by Alexandre Prokoudine

Interview with Oleg Kapitonov, developer of the free guitar amp simulator for Linux

Ardour 4 released
by Alexandre Prokoudine

New version of the free/libre DAW brings sleeker UI, new editing tools, native CoreAudio/ASIO support

The future of Audacity, interview with the team
by Alexandre Prokoudine

It seems, these days every other major free/libre media production tool is undergoing dramatic changes that promise richer feature set, better usability, and, generally, more power to users. Audacity is one of them.

MuseScore 2.0 brings better music notation, improved usability
by Alexandre Prokoudine

Much anticipated major update of MuseScore brings score layout improvements, linked parts, guitar fret diagrams and tabulatures, the importing of Guitar Pro files, and more exciting new features.

Kimiko Ishizaka and MuseScore team release Open Well-Tempered Clavier
by Alexandre Prokoudine

It is done: score and recordings of J.S. Bach's the Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 as prepared by MuseScore team and played by Kimiko Ishizaka are now in public domain.

MOD Duo, Linux-based multieffect pedal, gets crowdfunded
by Alexandre Prokoudine

The MOD team has raised $82,781 and is planning to deliver their new Linux-based multieffect pedal to musicians around June 2015.

Libre Music Production project launched
by Alexandre Prokoudine

Libre Music Production is collaboration between Staffan Melin, Gabriel Nordeborn, and Conor McCormack. Essentially, it's a project by musicians for musicians.

Explore new ideas with latest Distrho’s softsynths
by Alexandre Prokoudine

Filipe Coelho released new ports of synths that are based on Yamaha DX7, Oberheim OB-X, and Roland TB-303.

Guitarix gets octaver plugin, loads external effects
by Alexandre Prokoudine

Hermann Meyer released a new version of Guitarix, free/libre guitar FX processor. If you are looking for something that (vaguely) resembles Amplitube or Guitar Rig on Linux, you might want to check this out.

Meters.lv2 plugins released to provide advanced audio level meters
by Alexandre Prokoudine

Robin Gareus announced the first public version of meters.lv2 — a bundle of LV2 plugins for audio level meering and advanced sound analysis.

Records and sheet music of The Well-Tempered Clavier to go free
by Alexandre Prokoudine

MuseScore team, Robert Douglass, and Kimiko Ishizaka are joining forces again to liberate more work by J.S. Bach, this time — The Well-Tempered Clavier.

Musopen aims to liberate Chopin's music, goes for Kickstarter
by Alexandre Prokoudine

MuseScore team, Robert Douglass, and Kimiko Ishizaka are joining forces again to liberate more work by J.S. Bach, this time — The Well-Tempered Clavier.

Patchfield introduces concepts of JACK audio server to Android
by Alexandre Prokoudine

Peter Brinkmann, a developer from Google, introduced a new audio framework for Android called Patchfield.

Ardour 3.2 makes it easy to create soundtracks
by Alexandre Prokoudine

The new version of Ardour, a free DAW for Linux and Mac, is now available and features a few major improvements to the workflow.

Introducing MOD, Linux-based hardware sound FX processor
by Alexandre Prokoudine

During Linux Audio Conference 2013 the MOD team presented their digital pedalboard that runs Linux and uses LV2 effects and instruments.

Free emulators of guitar amps gain momentum
by Alexandre Prokoudine

Good news, everyone: Guitarix is now available as LV2 plug-ins with fancy skins.

Free Calf audio and MIDI plug-ins get a major update
by Alexandre Prokoudine

Two years of work and 20 new plug-ins — was it worth waiting? The much anticipated new release of Calf audio plug-ins is out for all Linux-based music makers and sound engineers.

Qtractor takes non-revenge on LV2
by Alexandre Prokoudine

If you read one of our recent interviews, you probably remeber Rui's vitriol against LV2, a free API for audio/MIDI plug-ins. Well, guess what the newest release of his MIDI sequencer got.

Open Goldberg Variations, mission accomplished
by Alexandre Prokoudine

The Open Goldberg Variations project has reached the last milestone: recordings and scores are available as public domain for admirers of classical music.

Ardour 3 gets simplified crossfading and SSL Nucleus support
by Alexandre Prokoudine

Yesterday Paul Davis released another beta of Ardour 3, a free digital audio workstation for Linux and Mac. The new version got some kickass new features.

LV2 from developers’ standpoint
by Alexandre Prokoudine

Today we are talking to Rui Nuno Capela, lead developer of Qtractor, and Mike Start, founder of linuxDSP.

LV2 1.0 released, what’s next?
by Alexandre Prokoudine

Last week David Robillard announced availability of LV2 1.0, the first officially stable release of the free API for creating virtual instruments and audio effects.

Misa Digital Kitara and being open to the world
by Alexandre Prokoudine

Let's talk about this Linux-powered guitar-shaped MIDI controller

Free DDP mastering tools updated
by Alexandre Prokoudine

Andreas Ruge released an update to his DDP mastering tools for Linux, Windows and Mac

First beta of Ardour 3 released
by Alexandre Prokoudine

A few days ago Paul Davis released first beta of Ardour 3, a free DAW for Linux and Mac, with 3 months worth of work.

OpenOctaveMidi 2011 unveiled, developers talk about the project
by Alexandre Prokoudine

Few days ago developers of OpenOctaveMidi, a new/old digital audio workstation for Linux, presented the brand new v2011, the culmination of several years of work.

Qtractor 0.5.1 released with VST improvements
by Alexandre Prokoudine

Apparently support for native VST on Linux is gaining momentum. That's definitely the case for the new version of Qtractor.

Ardour 2.8.12 released, A3 gets Linux VST support
by Alexandre Prokoudine

Qtractor MIDI sequencer joins automation club
by Alexandre Prokoudine

Rui Nuno Capela released a new version of free MIDI sequencer called Qtractor (Linux only) that finally has basic working support for automation.

Linux DAWs are buzzing
by Alexandre Prokoudine

Few days ago three digital audio workstations (DAW) for Linux were released within 24 hours — an interesting coincidence, especially since all three releases represent various stages of completeness.

Ardour 3 enters alpha phase
by Alexandre Prokoudine

Ardour, THE free digital audio workstation (DAW), has finally entered alpha phase after several years of development.

Rosegarden 11.02 and MuseScore 1.0 released
by Alexandre Prokoudine

New versions of Rosegarden, a MIDI sequencer and score editor, and MuseScore, simply a score editor were released one after another over last several days.