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Offline Elantric

Linux Guitar / Pro Audio Tools
« on: August 20, 2015, 02:29:08 PM »
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Offline Elantric

Re: Linux Guitar / Pro Audio Tools
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2015, 06:24:07 PM »
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“I´m an audiophile and a computer enthusiast. I use a computer as a transport to supply digital signal to my DAC. I´ve already given Studio a try and I´ve liked it so much. Easy to use like no other distro and I got the lowest latency with it. Great sound!” – João Fraga

“The look is good… and your music software selection is really impressive. You have had vision, purpose, skills, and determination. Really great product. Thank you very much.” – pemasu

“For the price of a few coffees and pastries, a flailing Windows user can get a usb stick with a secure OS, with excellent and well-YouTubed apps, all in working order. The doorstop Ubuntu/Fedora/Windows manual, can stay in its rightful place. This is for musicians.” – slowpick

“Why is Mac/Apple always considered to be the musician’s choice? Anyone? It’s the kernel. It is designed completely different. Consider this… the whole of the OS is loaded into RAM. Provided you have enough. Never mind the kernel! ” – 01micko

“Have you ever compared Studio 13.37 side by side with the others? I have… Show me one that even comes close, or has its programs compiled against an RT kernel, or runs in RAM… The attention to detail is incredible… It is really an amazingly useful piece of software. And I have yet to tap a small percentage of its capabilities.” – Jayguitarman

“I just want to say that I have Studio 13.37 with Service Pack 1, and I use it 24/7 as my main OS. I play and teach music throughout the week at several locations including a university… Studio 13.37 hasn’t let me down yet. The complete usefulness of this OS is just difficult to fully describe.” – geo_c

“Some of the best audio production software available for Linux – and it is EASY to use. The fact that it is running with an rt-kernel and delivers extremely low latencies, is very small, can be booted from usb and runs in ram HAS to attract some serious musicmakers out there!! I recommend it for beginners as well, because it’s so simple and JUST WORKS.” – maans

“Have been using this OS since its inception, does exactly what it claims and quite quickly, too! I have really loaded it with additional software and absolutely no glitches. I use it on both my desktops and my EeePCs. A must-have.” – Chris Alexander

“Fast and very capable, record from VST’s and Linux apps at the same time… plug in an instrument, and press record… The man did say it’s fast!” – chan

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“I’m glad someone was able to pull all these resources together as a single unit. For people like me it saves an enormous amount of time and testing.” – bones01

“I received the USB version of Studio 4 and have booted it up a few times and run some audio programs.  I’d like to make a few observations and comments.

First, although I was initially skeptical, the OS did indeed run very well off of USB flash: I opened Ardour, Rosegarden, Hydrogen, Qsynth, Zsubsynth, REAPER, Jamin, and a couple of other applications, all jacked together and they ran simultaneously and perfectly without any glitches.  Very impressive.  Your realtime kernel in conjunction with the small ram-based Linux is a killing live audio combination.

Although I am relatively new to Linux audio, I catch on quickly and am using various audio interfaces, both midi and wave, through USB on a laptop. In two years of owning this laptop, I am only now able to do professional-level audio recording (other than in-the-box mixing) due to the high overhead of Windows and its apparent instability in handling USB audio interfaces. As an added benefit, with the aid of the JACK interface I am going above and beyond what I used to be able to accomplish.  Suffice it to say, I am really pleased at this point.

All in all Studio 4 looks good and works well. I felt the least I could do was buy a copy to support what I feel is potentially the best thing since sliced bread, that is the Run-In-Ram-Boot-Off-Anything multimedia Linux studio.
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Offline IanRamos

Re: Linux Guitar / Pro Audio Tools
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2015, 03:49:05 AM »
that is very interesting , thank you !

I have been thinking lately about recording on Linux , but the fact that in can't use VST's ( i knnow u can use Wine for that , but the general opinion seems to be that that doesn't work too well ... ) hold me back .

I really NEED to use VST's for my recordings , at least Addictive Drums and Jamorigin's Midiguitar , i just need them ...

But we'll see how the Linux audio scene develops , maybe they'll develop a similar software soon , who knows ...

Offline autodidactic

Re: Linux Guitar / Pro Audio Tools
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2015, 08:25:24 PM »
It's not free but maybe you should check out Bitwig studio. They're supposedly a bunch of former Ableton Live developers that made their own startup.  Bitwig runs on Linux (Ubuntu is the officially supported distro) and they have a demo available.
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Offline IanRamos

Re: Linux Guitar / Pro Audio Tools
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2015, 05:17:05 AM »
thank you , i did check it some time ago , but apart of being a clone of Ableton Live ( which i don't like too much ) i would still have to use Wine to work with VST's

besides , is not free ( is actually quite pricey , 300 € , compared to my usual DAW Reaper )  so the point of my proyect ( building a home studio pc with all free software ) would be lost ...

Offline Now_And_Then

Re: Linux Guitar / Pro Audio Tools
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2015, 02:36:19 PM »
... is actually quite pricey , 300 € , compared to my usual DAW Reaper ...

 That's not really a fair comparison. The guy who does Reaper -Justin Frankel
 - is the guy who wrote WinAmp, which he sold - forgot to whom, sorry (maybe AOL) - for $60 million.
So unlike most other devs, he can undercut the competition (google "predatory pricing" for another view of it) because he has no worries about "earning a living" or "paying other coders" or "enticing VC's to fund the app" or other mundane stuff like that.

 Very important note about Reaper: be very very sure to read the terms and conditions, and read them attentively. I don't know how things stand now, but when I looked into Reaper (quite a few years ago, admittedly), there was a very low price for amateurs and a rather higher price for professionals. The "amateur" price came with a variety of surprising conditions and the price structure was based on what seemed to me to be novel definitions of the terms "amateur" and "professional".

 (EDIT: 01 July 2016: Apparently the requirements for qualifying for an amateur license have changed considerably. I believe that at the present time, anyone earning $20,000 or less via music is, for Reaper licensing purposes, considered an amateur. However, anyone contemplating the purchase of a license will need to look into it, as what has changed in the past can change in the future. )

 For a user who does not qualify for the "amateur" price and who needs a decent notation app to use along with Reaper, the total cost turns out to be pretty much on the general same level as the other "expensive" DAWS: the "full" versions of Cubase, Digital Performer, Sonar - I omit Ableton and StudioOne, for example, because neither has, as far as I know, a notation editor. No idea what Logic goes for, though. Of course, not everyone needs a notation editor...
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Offline Elantric

Re: Linux Guitar / Pro Audio Tools
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2016, 02:16:48 PM »

guitarix is a virtual guitar amplifier for Linux running on Jack Audio Connection Kit. It is free as in speech and free as in beer. The available sourcecode allows to build it on other UNIX-like systems, too, namely for BSD and for MacOSX.

guitarix takes the signal from your guitar as any real amp would do: as a mono-signal from your sound card. The input is processed by a main amp and a rack-section. Both can be routed separately and deliver a processed stereo-signal via Jack. You may fill the rack with effects from more than 25 built-in modules including stuff from a simple noise gate to brain-slashing modulation f/x like flanger, phaser or auto-wah.

Your signal is processed with minimum latency. On any properly set-up Linux-system you don't have to wait more than 10ms until your sound is processed by guitarix.

The demos below are 100% guitarix without any other amps, cabinets or stompboxes in the chain.

And even more...

If you want to use more f/x than we provide built-in guitarix, you can also select plug-ins from the large list of LADSPA and LV2 plug-ins. Or just connect the Jack-out of guitarix with the Jack-in of Rackarrack or any other Jack-aware host. Of course you can record your playing in DAWs like Ardour. But guitarix comes as well as LV2 plugin suite, so you could load the amps and plugs directly in your favorite DAW. Though we design guitarix with guitar-signals in mind there is nothing wrong with connecting a synth or any other sound-generator to it.

guitarix is available in most todays Linux distributions. In 9 out of 10 cases there's no need to compile guitarix but to install it via software center or package management system of your preferred distribution. guitarix is supported by the following Linux flavours and all their derivates:

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Offline Elantric

Re: Linux Guitar / Pro Audio Tools
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2016, 02:49:13 PM »

AVLinux It is a freely shared 32 and 64bit downloadable and installable ISO Image created from a carefully pre-configured snapshot of the Debian GNU/Linux “Testing” Distribution. This ISO image is provided to facilitate and initiate the use of Linux as an Audio/Video/Graphics content creation platform. AV Linux is essentially a collected showcase of the phenomenal work of Open-Source developers from all over the planet and celebrates and presents their work organized in an easy-to-use fashion. In addition to a hardware-friendly efficient XFCE4 Desktop a low-latency Audio environment is provided with a custom ‘RT’ kernel and JACK Audio Connection Kit. Are you a Linux developer? A full, robust development suite is included for software developers and the leading Audio/Video/Graphics applications are included or available for installation from the Debian or included KXStudio software repositories.

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Before downloading AV Linux it is essential to read it’s User Manual, Most FAQ’s and many specific operational details including Installation are covered in it’s 87 illustrated pages. The User Manual is also included within AV Linux and can be found in the ‘Accessories’ Menu.
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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2016, 03:45:36 PM »

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Re: Linux Guitar / Pro Audio Tools
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2017, 11:22:36 PM »

Steinberg brings VST to Linux, and does other good things

Peter Kirn — March 17, 2017 28 Comments

The days of Linux being a barren plug-in desert may at last be over. And if you’re a developer, there are some other nice things happening to VST development on all platforms.

Steinberg has quietly rolled out the 3.6.7 version of their plug-in SDK for Windows, Mac, iOS, and now Linux. Actually, your plug-ins may be using their SDK even if you’re unaware – because many plug-ins that appear as “AU” use a wrapper from VST to Apple’s Audio Unit. (One is included in the SDK.)

For end users, the important things to know are, you may be getting more VST3 plug-ins (with some fancy new features), and you may at last see more native plug-ins available for Linux. That Linux support comes at just the right time, as Bitwig Studio is maturing as a DAW choice on the platform, and new hardware options like the Raspberry Pi are making embedded solutions start to appeal. (I kind of hesitate to utter these words, as I know that desktop Linux is still very, very niche, but – this doesn’t have to mean people installing Ubuntu on laptops. We’ll see where it goes.)

For developers, there’s a bunch of nice stuff here. My favorites:

cmake support

VST3 SDK on GitHub:

GPL v3 license is now alongside the proprietary license (necessary for some open projects)

How ’bout them apples? I didn’t expect to be following Steinberg on GitHub.

The open license and Linux support to me suggest that, for instance, finally seeing Pure Data work with plug-ins again could be a possibility. And we’ll see where this goes.

This is one of those that I know is worth putting on CDM, because the handful of people who care about such things and can do something with them are reading along. So let us know.


Thanks, Spencer Russell!

Offline Hurricane

Re: Linux Guitar / Pro Audio Tools
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2017, 02:57:29 AM »

Great Info - Thanks you . makes me wonder if I could do this .

I sooooo hate Windows unreliability

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Offline Hurricane

Re: Linux Guitar / Pro Audio Tools
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2017, 03:15:52 PM »

Is the Linox OS a more/demonstrative stable system in analog & midi recording
in respect to Windows OS anything ?

EZ :


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« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2017, 01:04:39 PM »

Is the Linox OS a more/demonstrative stable system in analog & midi recording
in respect to Windows OS anything ?

EZ :


today - I would say Yes

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Re: Linux Guitar / Pro Audio Tools
« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2017, 01:05:05 PM »

What's Qtractor ?

Qtractor is an Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ with the Qt framework. Target platform is Linux, where the Jack Audio Connection Kit (JACK) for audio, and the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) for MIDI, are the main infrastructures to evolve as a fairly-featured Linux desktop audio workstation GUI, specially dedicated to the personal home-studio.

Qtractor is free, open-source software, distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2 or later.

Project page:



Multi-track audio and MIDI sequencing and recording.
Developed on the Qt C++ application an UI framework.
Uses JACK for audio and ALSA sequencer for MIDI as multimedia infrastructures.
Traditional multi-track tape recorder control paradigm.
Audio file formats support: OGG (via libvorbis), MP3 (via libmad, playback only), WAV, FLAC, AIFF and many, many more (via libsndfile).
Standard MIDI files support (format 0 and 1).
Non-destructive, non-linear editing.
Unlimited number of tracks per session/project.
Unlimited number of overlapping clips per track.
XML encoded session/project description files (SDI).
Point-and-click, multi-select, drag-and-drop interaction (drag, move, drop, cut, copy, paste, paste-repeat, delete, split, merge, freeze)
Unlimited undo/redo.
Built-in mixer and monitor controls.
Built-in connection patchbay control and persistence (a-la QjackCtl).
LADSPA, DSSI, native VSTi and LV2 plug-in support.
Unlimited number of plug-ins per track or bus.
Plug-in presets, programs and chunk/configurations support, including native VST FXB/FXP file support.
Unlimited audio/MIDI effect send/return inserts per track or bus.
Audio/MIDI clip fade-in/out, cross-fade (linear, quadratic, cubic).
Audio/MIDI clip gain/volume, normalize, export.
Audio/MIDI track and plugin parameter automation (dynamic curves, sample&hold, linear and spline modes).
Audio clip time-stretching (WSOLA-like or via librubberband), pitch-shifting (via librubberband) and seamless sample-rate conversion (via libsamplerate).
Audio/MIDI track export (mix-down, render, merge).
Audio/MIDI metronome bar/beat clicks.
Unlimited tempo/time-signature map.
Unlimited location/bar markers.
MIDI clip editor (matrix/piano roll).
MIDI instrument definitions (a-la Cakewalk(tm) (*.ins));
SoundFont (*.sf2) and MIDI Names XML (*.midnam) files also supported.
MIDI controller mapping/learn/assignment (mixer and plug-in parameters).
MIDI system exclusive (SysEx) setups.
JACK transport sync master/slave.
JACK session support.
NSM (Non session management) support.
MMC control surface enabled.
MIDI Clock, Song Position Pointer (SPP) support.
Configurable PC-keyboard and MIDI controller shortcuts.

The software requirements for build and runtime are listed as follows:


Qt framework (core, gui, xml), C++ class library and tools for cross-platform application and UI development
JACK Audio Connection Kit
ALSA, Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
libsndfile, C library for reading and writing files containing sampled sound
LADSPA, Linux Audio Developer's Simple Plugin API
Optional (opted-in at build time):

libvorbis (enc, file), Ogg Vorbis audio compression
libmad, High-quality MPEG audio decoder
libsamplerate, The secret rabbit code, C library for audio sample rate conversion
librubberband, Rubber Band Audio Time Stretcher,
an audio time-stretching and pitch-shifting library
liblo, Lightweight OSC implementation
(needed for DSSI GUI and/or NSM support)
DSSI, An API for soft synth plugins with custom user interfaces
VST SDK, Steinberg's Virtual Studio Technology
LV2, Audio Plugin Standard, the extensible successor of LADSPA
liblilv, Lightweight LV2 implementation stack
NSM, Non Session Management

Qtractor's already in some kind of beta stage of development and hence fully functional. Though, the bleeding-edge development source tree is readily available from the sourceforge's public Git repository.

Latest release

2017-06-30 - The Stickiest Tauon Beta

Make sure any just recorded clip filename is not reused while over the same track and session. (CRITICAL)
LV2 Plug-in worker/schedule interface ring-buffer sizes have been increased to 4KB.
Fixed track-name auto-incremental numbering suffix when modifying any other track property.
WSOLA vs. (lib)Rubberband time-stretching options are now individualized on a per audio clip basis.
Long overdue, some brand new and fundamental icons revamp.
Fixed a tempo-map node add/update/remove rescaling with regard to clip-lengths and automation/curve undo/redo.
Fixed a potential Activate automation/curve index clash, or aliasing, for any plug-ins that change upstream their parameter count or index order, on sessions saved with the old plug-in versions and vice-versa.
Previous and older pre-releases, including the change log, are also available here.

You can browse all files available for download, including binary packages, at Qtractor Files on

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Re: Linux Guitar / Pro Audio Tools
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Offline Kevin M

Re: Linux Guitar / Pro Audio Tools
« Reply #18 on: September 01, 2017, 01:52:50 AM »

Is the Linox OS a more/demonstrative stable system in analog & midi recording
in respect to Windows OS anything ?

EZ :


I would say maybe. I can't speak to anything post-Windows 7, but my Windows based laptop is very stable for recording. That's the laptop's sole purpose, however.

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Re: Linux Guitar / Pro Audio Tools
« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2017, 01:28:58 PM »

Bitwig Studio 2.2 is out, get it now.

With this update you can sync Bitwig Studio to a range of software solutions and apps via network using Ableton Link technology, create sophisticated modulations with four new modulators, and make fine timing adjustments with the Time Shift device. The on‑screen keyboard panel is a great help for playing and visualizing notes, and the new dual display profile Studio/Touch is ideal for anyone using a double screen setup with touch input.

All that, and a large number of fixes and improvements. Get the installers and
learn all about this release here...

Bitwig Studio 2.2 is a part of our 12-month upgrade plan. If you haven't upgraded yet, now's a good time.

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Re: Linux Guitar / Pro Audio Tools
« Reply #20 on: February 12, 2018, 08:58:07 AM »

Calf Studio Gear... available exclusively for LINUX-based operating systems and runs as a stand-alone effect rack connectable through Jack sound server or as plug-ins in every audio host that is able to fire up LV2 compliant devices, e.g. the highly recommended Ardour Audio Workstation
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