May 2018 Changelog

May 2018 Changelog

May was a quiet month for Gentoo Studio. I apologize. I have had a lot going on on the home front. PACKAGES ADDED: media-libs/libprojectm-qt copied to overlay from Portage and placed in package.unmask. It it slated for removal from Portage, but Carla still depends on it. media-sound/hydrogen-9999 added to overlay. Portage version now fails due…


Apparently leaving the Gentoo Foundation

I’ve been a contributing member of the Gentoo Foundation for the past few years because of my work on Gentoo Studio. This sadly might be coming to an end. The Gentoo Foundation routinely cleans up the member list and removes inactive members based on whether or not members voted in at least one of the…


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…