Author: audiodef

Wren – an open source, modular synth

I recently had a chance to hear Jan Punter’s Wren during the 2018 spring equinox streaming radio concert. This synth is amazing. It produced a vast range of sounds, from bongo-like percussion to deeply disturbing growls to mellow flute-like breezes. He offers it under a GNU license, so if anyone wants to  nab the…

GentooUsage shows Gentoo Studio

Gentoo Studio is now listed on Aliceinwire’s GentooUsage page:

February 2018 Changelog

INSTALLER CHANGES: Installer now sets MAKEOPTS for you. This is the variable that tells Portage how many parallel operations to perform, and should be equal to the number of CPU cores in your system. PACKAGES REMOVED: media-sound/cadence::GentooStudio. Cadence is now in audio-overlay, no need for duplicates. media-sound/jack2::GentooStudio: The Gentoo version now supports Firewire so the…

media-sound/bristol added

Added media-sound/bristol to the GentooStudio overlay; however, it fails with a missing alsa/iatomic.h error. Will look into fixing this.

Installation update

The install tarball has been updated to fix a few issues. New installs should now have fewer install-time updates. I think I’ve paved over the few bumps I had due to upgrading from Catalyst-2 to Catalyst-3. (The software used to build the installation.) As usual, please report any issues or suggestions.

Saving older synth data “to tape” using modern DAW software

Let’s say you have an older synth that backs up its data using an external tape recorder. For example, an Akai AX80. And you don’t have a tape recorder. But you do have a modern DAW such as Ardour. I’m going to show you, using these specific examples, how to use Ardour instead of a…

Ardour: Transferring a session to a new rate

Ardour currently cannot do on-the-fly session rate conversion. So if you ever find yourself needing to permanently change an Ardour session’s sampling rate, one option is to export your tracks from the old session and import them into a new session. Perhaps your hardware changed, or perhaps you need to hand the session off to…

How It All Began

Gentoo Studio was born out of frustration with Windows drivers for my original series Mackie Onyx mixers with Firewire cards. No, I’m not flaming Windows or Mackie. But I was frustrated. I had (and still have) a Mackie Onyx 1620 and a Mackie Onyx 1640, both with the Firewire option installed. I was using Cakewalk’s…

Audio File Tagging

Need to tag some audio files after you’ve already created them? These packages can help: MP3 files: media-sound/id3v2 Ogg-Vorbis files: media-sound/vorbis-tools – use the vorbiscomment CLI command FLAC files: media-sound/flack – just run flack from CLI. It has a menu system

Audio File Conversion

You can do a simple audio file conversion with: ffmpeg -i inputfile.flac outputfile.ogg Change file extensions from example as needed.