Author: audiodef

Tracktion Waveform and Gentoo

Tracktion has a DAW called Waveform. They support and release a Linux installer; however, it is Debian-based. I just wrote to their support department asking if they have a Linux installer that unpacks and installs Linux binaries without depending on a .deb file. While I was able to unpack the 30-day trial .deb file and…


March 2018 Update

First, I am changing the title of these posts from “changelog” to “update.” It just makes more sense, since it’s more than a simple changelog. Second, having a moment of weird paranoia where it seems like at least two things I could have sworn were in the GentooStudio overlay are now not there. I noticed…


Wren – an open source, modular synth

I recently had a chance to hear Jan Punter’s Wren during the 2018 electro-music.com 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: https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/User:Aliceinwire/GentooUsage


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…