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  1. #1 Music/audio production with GNU/Linux 
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    Just to let you know folks - development of music production applications on Linux is thriving.
    http://www.linux-sound.org/

    I thought ye might find this list useful (..all of this software is FREE):

    • Rosegarden 4 - an audio and MIDI sequencer
    • MusE - another audio and MIDI sequencer. I have been using this more than Rosegarden, due to the convenient way it allows you to load soundfonts via fluidsynth (..it's a little bit trickier with Rosegarden AFAIK). On the other hand, Rosegarden has other nice features - such as a 'Repeat' button for MIDI segments.
    • Fluidsynth - enables you to load soundfonts
    • The Linux Sampler Project - only in it's formative stages from what I gather, but looks good nonetheless.
    • Hydrogen - a really cool drum editor
    • ZynAddSubFX - a software-synthesizer which I think has quite a good reputation.
    • Snd - a very powerful sound editor
    • SoX - a command-line audio tool (...very useful for converting sound files from one format to another for example; or adding reverb to a track - sometimes a graphical program is overkill for this kind of thing!)
    • SWAMI - "an advanced instrument editor for MIDI music composition and a sampler frontend." I haven't had much use for this yet, but it seems like a very useful tool, if you wanted to make your own soundfonts for example.
    • Ardour - a digital audio workstation. Would you believe - I don't even have this installed! The reason is that I work more with MIDI than with audio (..a MIDI sequencer is planned for it though, I think). Apparently it's a great application though.
    • Audacity - a "Free, Cross-Platform Sound Editor"
    • JACK Timemachine


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    Some stuff that works away quietly in the 'background' (..but is very important nonetheless):
    • Advanced Linux Sound Architecture - this package will enable you to use various sound-cards with Linux etc.., plus much more (..I don't fully understand what it does to be honest); it is quite likely pre-installed on your distribution, so you possibly don't have to worry about installing it yourself
    • Jack Audio Connection Kit - "can connect a number of different applications to an audio device, as well as allowing them to share audio between themselves" (it's a crucial component in the Linux musician's setup), and QJackCtl - which provides a graphical user interface for controlling JACK
    • Libjackasyn - enables you to use certain applications with JACK that haven't been properly configured to work with JACK yet. For example, I use it with Mozilla to allow myself listen to the audio from Flash objects on websites, without having to stop JACK
    • xmms-jack - a jack audio output plugin for XMMS
    • LADSPA - Linux Audio Developer's Simple Plugin API, and some plugins here


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    Hammersound - for lots of soundfonts

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    Here are some demos made with Linux Sampler. I'll link to more samples of music made with GNU/Linux if I have the time. Until then ...


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    Good info, thanks.


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    Cool!
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    No problem.
    Seeing as I haven't come across any sort of central 'repository' for music created with Linux (like a Soundclick.com for Linux musicians for example), the best I can do for the moment - if you're really that interested - is suggest that you either:
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