Drobilla

30 Nov '22 18:53 Down to the Last Man, Doc! While working through some remaining things in the build/documentation/packaging/infrastructure cleanup phase I've been going through lately, I noticed that some of the man pages hosted at this domain have become stale (there was a helpful ticket about one of them, but more or less all of them were out of date). I'm still not entirely sure what to do about the general duplication between README files and the neglected home pages I still (barely) maintain here, but this part struck me as obviously needing to be automated. Of course, now that my attention was drawn to them, I noticed that many...

Libre Arts

30 Nov '22 16:43 Weekly-ish recap — 30 November 2022 GIMP 2.99.14 This is an almost too good of a release this close to v3.0: floating selections out, outlined text in, Align tool rewrite, pasting multiple layers as a single one, and more. I published a review of the most important changes the same day, and there’s official release notes that cover even more changes. The project also recently celebrated its 27th birthday. The latest I heard from the team is that there will probably be 2 or 3 more releases like that before v3.0 is finally out. Upscayl is getting video support I recently posted a quick overview of Upscayl and Upscaler — two native...

KXStudio

27 Nov '22 21:46 Cardinal 22.11 released Hi everyone, we have another Cardinal release, 22.11, with a very welcome change and important bugfixes. Cardinal is a free and open-source virtual modular synthesizer plugin. It is based on the popular VCV Rack but with a focus on being a fully self-contained plugin version. Contributed by Francesco Cameli we now have modules processing order based on cable connections rather than when they were first added to the Rack. With this, there is now a guarantee that no single sample feedback is introduced between cable connections, unless feedback connections are in place or modules have internal...

Libre Arts

26 Nov '22 12:43 Upscayl vs Upscaler There’s a lot of conversation about using AI and neural networks in art lately. One direction this technology is evolving in is producing better looking upscaled images. The software has to pretty much paint in the details that weren’t there originally which requires some training. We’ve seen algorithms like waifu2x in the past, then there was ESRGAN, Gigapixel by Topaz and others, and now the latest iteration is Real-ESRGAN which attempts to make the original technology better suited for dealing with real-life use cases. Here is one review that covers the use of Real-ESRGAN for upscaling...

CDM: linux

24 Nov '22 18:11 Unreal Engine 5.1 goes wild: what’s new from foliage to generated sound In an epic year for Epic, November does it again. Unreal Fest 2022 brought a bunch of sessions on the latest from Unreal Engine, from sound to visuals. And it's worth making sure that doesn't fly under the radar of creative musicians, composers, and visualists, especially because there are some updates in their unique audio engine, too. The post Unreal Engine 5.1 goes wild: what’s new from foliage to generated sound appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Ubuntu Studio

18 Nov '22 17:05 Ardour 7.1 Backports Available Our friends at Ardour have released Version 7.1, and we would like to offer them huge congratulations! While the source code and their own builds were available on release day, many of you have been waiting for Ardour 7 to come to Ubuntu’s repositories. That day has come. Ardour 7.1 will be landing in Ubuntu Lunar Lobster (future 23.04) and will be on Ubuntu Studio’s daily spins of Lunar Lobster very soon. Unfortunately, it is not possible to backport Ardour 7.1 into Ubuntu 22.04 LTS or 22.10, nor would we want to. This is because if we do, we might disrupt the workflow of people who are...

Libre Arts

18 Nov '22 14:43 GIMP 2.99.14 Releases like this are too rare to disregard and thus all the more to treasure. In one swift motion the team is doing away with floating selections and bringing strokes/outlines for text. But this has been a bumpy road. Floating selection buried Doing away with floating selections has been on the team’s roadmap at least for as long as that roadmap exists. Some of the bug reports on FS behavior date back as far as 2008. It was a quirky concept, hard to grasp for newcomers and somewhat annoying even for experienced users. It was possible to remap the Ctrl+V shortcut to pasting as a new layer...

Libre Arts

09 Nov '22 16:43 Weekly-ish recap — 9 November 2022 Hopefully, not many people will object to shorter yet more regular weekly-ish recaps! GIMP updates Version 2.99.14 is supposed to be released soon and whenever it comes, it will arrive with two more major changes. The most important one deals with the much hated floating selection that used to seriously annoy users. Now, whenever you paste something into GIMP, it becomes a layer rather than a floating selection. And since we are talking about @GIMP_Official, bitmaps are no longer pasted as godawful floating selections, they are just new layers now. See nothing fancy is happening in this video...

CDM: linux

01 Nov '22 18:29 RNBO (“rainbow”): Start in Max’s UI, deliver to plug-ins, Web browsers, hardware, any OS The new Max thing Cycling '74 has been teasing is here, and it's pronounced "rainbow." Maybe the easiest way to see why this is a big deal: on the product page, you can mess with an interactive patch in your Web browser natively. The post RNBO (“rainbow”): Start in Max’s UI, deliver to plug-ins, Web browsers, hardware, any OS appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

KXStudio

01 Nov '22 00:48 DPF-Plugins v1.6 released Hello everyone, a new release of DPF-Plugins is here. DPF-Plugins is a collection of DPF-based plugins, including Kars, MVerb and Nekobi. This release brings some fixes alongside finishing the VST3 versions and adds CLAP support. General changelog: Add linux-riscv64 builds to release binaries Fix / stabilize VST3 support Initial CLAP support Set audio port configuration for all plugins Set VST3 categories in a few more plugins Update to latest DPF Plugin specific changes: Kars: Fix playback after a sample rate change Nekobi: Fix deadlock when receiving a MIDI message bigger than 3 bytes Nekobi...

Libre Arts

26 Oct '22 12:43 Weekly-ish recap — 26 October 2022 It’s been a while since my last weekly recap. A lot has happened since then, more on that some other time. Let’s get to the point. GIMP is getting text strokes This has been a very long time in the making. The patch adding text stroke support was originally created by Massimo Valentini in 2011 to handle a feature request filed in 2003 (retribution is inevitable). Earlier this year, Michael Schumacher merged the patch into a feature branch, and then Cmyk.Student (this year’s GSoC student who appears to be a godsend) cleaned it up and merged it into the main development branch. Massimo's Outline...

Autostatic

25 Oct '22 13:32 New modem A while ago I received a new modem from Ziggo since they’re switching to DOCSIS 3.1. Didn’t have the time to replace the old Ubee UVW3200 modem but this morning I was forced to do so because the lease had expired and Ziggo had decided to give me a new WAN IP address in a network segment with no internet. After replacing the Ubee with the Sagemcom F3896LG-ZG I had no internet though. I did have a green LED lighting up our meter cupboard and apparently that indicated the modem was in bridge mode. The Ubee was also working in bridge mode so that could very well be possible. Quick search revealed...

Ubuntu Studio

20 Oct '22 19:34 Ubuntu Studio 22.10 Released The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu Studio 22.10, code-named “Kinetic Kudu”. This marks Ubuntu Studio’s 32nd release. This release is a regular release and as such, it is supported for 9 months (until July 2023). Since it’s just out, you may experience some issues, so you might want to wait a bit before upgrading. Please see the release notes for a complete list of changes and known issues. You can download Ubuntu Studio 22.10 from our download page. Upgrading Instructions for upgrading are included in the release notes. New This Release Ubuntu Studio Feature...

CDM: linux

19 Oct '22 13:20 New cables.gl: VR, collaboration, and more tweaks and toys for free visual programming tool The free cable salad-for-visuals tool for the Web gets another big update for October, with everything from enhanced usability to open browser-based VR. The post New cables.gl: VR, collaboration, and more tweaks and toys for free visual programming tool appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Drobilla

15 Oct '22 23:07 On the LV2 Stack, Dependencies, and Incrementalism For quite a while now, I've been working on new major versions of the LV2 host stack (serd, sord, sratom, suil, and lilv) while maintaining the current stable versions. Mainly this is a task of trying to push as many changes back as I can, without actually breaking any APIs. Aside from the usual bug fixes and code improvements, this includes a lot of build system, tooling, and general quality control improvements. This keeps the divergence low, so it will be easier to go back and do maintenance on the old versions where necessary. At this point, this process is almost done: everything uses...

Drobilla

15 Oct '22 21:52 I Was Told The Crowd Would Have Funding I am, like many an obsessive nerd before me, terrible at self-promotion and living a healthy and sustainable life in general. However, as I sit here sick, burnt-out, and slowly going broke while I desperately dump what little energy I have into boring software that mostly benefits other people, it occurs to me that it might be smart to set up the usual channels for people to support this work, and mention them here (despite how embarrassing it is to do so). It's pretty well-known these days how brutal and thankless it can be to maintain Open Source infrastructure. While I enjoy what I do...

KXStudio

15 Oct '22 15:52 Cardinal 22.10 released Hello hello! We have yet another release, Cardinal 22.10, with mostly bugfixes this time. Cardinal is a free and open-source virtual modular synthesizer plugin. It is based on the popular VCV Rack but with a focus on being a fully self-contained plugin version. There are no 3rd-party module changes or updates this time around, the release is more or less the combination of changes from 22.09 until today. Fixes are significant enough to warrant a new release, so here we are. The only actual new feature comes from a sync of the internal Ildaeil with the just released version 1.2 of it, which...

KXStudio

15 Oct '22 15:14 Ildaeil v1.2 released Hello again everyone, a new release of Ildaeil is here. Ildaeil is mini-plugin host working as a plugin, allowing one-to-one plugin format reusage. The idea is to load it as a plugin inside your DAW and then the other "real" plugin inside Ildaeil. This allows, for example, a VST3 host to load LV2 plugins. The main changes this time are being able to load arbitrary files as plugins and CLAP hosting. On the plugin type combo-box you now have "Load from file..." option, which will open a file-browser to select a plugin or music file. This allows, for example, to load CLAP and VST2 plugins. It is...

KXStudio

15 Oct '22 14:36 Carla 2.5.2 released Hello again everyone, it is release day again! Let's start with Carla. Carla is an audio plugin host, with support for many audio drivers and plugin formats. It has some nice features like automation of parameters via MIDI CC (and send output back as MIDI too) and full OSC control. This update backports fixes from the main development branch into the stable 2.5 series. Nothing too big or serious, just a regular bug-fix update. The more substantial stuff will come for 2.6.0, still a few months away. Changelog Fix includedir/libdir variables in pkg-config files Fix LV2 plugins sending MIDI...

Autostatic

13 Oct '22 07:28 Moved to Hetzner After a great tip from dvzrv with regard to hosting all my stuff I recently moved everything to an instance at Hetzner. Main reason why I chose for Hetzner is that they allow you to run your own mail server. First I moved my mail setup and last week I moved the rest. It’s great that I don’t need a mail gateway anymore and it’s always good to move to a more up to date OS. So my old instance at Fuga is switched off now. After having it backed up I will delete it with a slight pain in my heart, I have the tendency to grow attached to virtual instances. Something with pets and cattle. I’m inching...

CDM: linux

11 Oct '22 17:06 Bitwig, after overwhelming user feedback, makes Spectral Suite part of Bitwig Studio 4.4 Bitwig heard you, it seems, user community. Spectral Suite is now a no-charge, included part of Studio 4.4, with refunds or Upgrade Plan extensions offered to anyone who bought it. The post Bitwig, after overwhelming user feedback, makes Spectral Suite part of Bitwig Studio 4.4 appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

05 Oct '22 11:14 Max makers Cycling ’74 are out in the hills teasing something involving RasPi Cycling '74 posted a cryptic teaser tweet that - well, has a pretty suggestive ending. The post Max makers Cycling ’74 are out in the hills teasing something involving RasPi appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

05 Oct '22 10:54 Bitwig unveils Spectral Suite audio effects add-on bundle – here’s a video tour Spectral Suite is Bitwig's first paid add-on for Bitwig Studio, focusing on sonic exploration in the frequency domain. It's a nice-looking collection, and we've got a hands-on look from Mylar Melodies. The post Bitwig unveils Spectral Suite audio effects add-on bundle – here’s a video tour appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

KXStudio

30 Sep '22 21:44 Carla 2.5.1 released Hello again everyone, a new Carla release is here, v2.5.1 which brings a couple of fixes to the v2.5 series. Carla is an audio plugin host, with support for many audio drivers and plugin formats. It has some nice features like automation of parameters via MIDI CC (and send output back as MIDI too) and full OSC control. Changelog Do not set scale factor for LV2 plugin UIs on macOS Fix external MIDI connections for JUCE engine driver Fix a few memory leaks and runtime issues Fix several race conditions Fix logic around engine driver listings Fix position of external patchbay graph nodes not...

Ubuntu Studio

30 Sep '22 01:18 Ubuntu Studio 22.10 Beta Released The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the beta release of Ubuntu Studio 22.10, codenamed “Kinetic Kudu”. While this beta is reasonably free of any showstopper installer bugs, you may find some bugs within. This image is, however, mostly representative of what you will find when Ubuntu Studio 22.10 is released on October 20, 2022. Special notes: The Ubuntu Studio 22.10 disk image (ISO) exceeds 4 GB and cannot be downloaded to some file systems such as FAT32, and may not be readable when burned to a DVD. For this reason, we recommend downloading to a compatible file system. When creating...

KXStudio

23 Sep '22 19:01 Ildaeil v1.1 released Hello everyone, a new release of Ildaeil is here. Ildaeil is mini-plugin host working as a plugin, allowing one-to-one plugin format reusage. The idea is to load it as a plugin inside your DAW and then the other "real" plugin inside Ildaeil. This allows, for example, a VST3 host to load LV2 plugins. The main changes here are JSFX "plugin" host support, fixing the VST3 implementation and adding a CLAP version. Full changelog: Add linux-riscv64 builds Add source tarball (containing offline buildable source) Can now host JSFX "plugins" Fix all known VST3 issues Fix build for web-assembly Fix...

CDM: linux

23 Sep '22 18:00 Train AI on images, and GET3D populates your world with 3D objects and characters The latest from NVIDIA Research is an AI-powered machine that spits out 3D models - in standard formats. Code is inbound shortly. And that opens up some possibilities for virtual worlds, especially for solo artists. The post Train AI on images, and GET3D populates your world with 3D objects and characters appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

KXStudio

19 Sep '22 22:44 Cardinal 22.09 released Greetings everyone, we have yet another release of Cardinal, with a good set of bugfixes and a few nice to have features. Cardinal is a free and open-source virtual modular synthesizer plugin. It is based on the popular VCV Rack but with a focus on being a fully self-contained plugin version. The main changes for this release, besides the fixes, are a dark vs light mode switch, CardinalNative build, finishing VST3 support and an initial CLAP version. There are a couple of new module collections and updates to existing ones too. Changelog Add CardinalNative standalone build (uses native audio...

KXStudio

18 Sep '22 09:41 Introducing master_me Hello everyone, this is a release announcement/introduction for a new audio plugin: master_me. master_me is an automatic audio mastering plugin for live-streaming, podcasting and internet radio stations. It takes care of master levels and "polishes" the sound with a chain of effects while introducing no latency. master_me is closely modeled after the audio chain of Klaus Scheuermann's mastering studio in Berlin, Germany. See https://github.com/trummerschlunk/master_me for more details on the project, including documentation. Klaus is main author of this plugin, using faust to set up the...

Libre Arts

17 Sep '22 16:43 Introducing master_me, a mastering plugin for live broadcasting master_me is a new free/libre plugin and standalone application to automatically adjust the loudness of the audio in your live streams. It has been designed to be stupid easy when you need one button to do it right. If you use something like Ardour as a mixing desk, all you have to do is set up input levels and routing (e.g. from Ardour to OBS), then drop the master_me plugin into the processor box of the master bus, click a preset — and you are pretty much ready to go. The plugin/program comes with presets for YouTube, Apple Podcasts, EBU R128, and general speech and music. If you need more...

Drobilla

10 Sep '22 04:59 Patchage 1.0.10 Patchage 1.0.10 has been released. Patchage is a modular patch bay for Jack and ALSA based audio/MIDI systems. Changes: Add German translation Add Korean translation from Junghee Lee Add i18n support Replace boost with standard C++17 facilities Upgrade to fmt 9.0.0

Drobilla

10 Sep '22 04:43 Jalv 1.6.8 Jalv 1.6.8 has been released. Jalv (JAck LV2) is a simple host for LV2 plugins. It runs a plugin, and exposes the plugin ports to the system, essentially making the plugin an application. For more information, see http://drobilla.net/software/jalv. Changes: Add Gtk plugin selector UI and desktop file Add missing option in console help output Add version option to console executable Build Qt interface as C++14 Change no-menu short option to m to avoid clash with jack-name Clean up and modernize code Fix "preset" console command when "presets" hasn't been called Fix MSVC build Fix atom buffer...

Drobilla

09 Sep '22 21:29 Suil 0.10.18 Suil 0.10.18 has been released. Suil is a library for loading and wrapping LV2 plugin UIs. For more information, see http://drobilla.net/software/suil. Changes: Add project metadata Adopt REUSE machine-readable licensing standard Fix MacOS build when Gtk3 and Qt5 are present without X11 Fix opening wrapped UIs multiple times in Gtk

Drobilla

09 Sep '22 21:29 Sratom 0.6.14 Sratom 0.6.14 has been released. Sratom is a small library for serializing LV2 atoms. Sratom reads/writes atoms from/to RDF, allowing them to be converted between binary and text or stored in a model. For more information, see http://drobilla.net/software/sratom. Changes: Add project metadata Adopt REUSE machine-readable licensing standard

Drobilla

09 Sep '22 21:28 Lilv 0.24.20 Lilv 0.24.20 has been released. Lilv is a C library to make the use of LV2 plugins as simple as possible for applications. For more information, see http://drobilla.net/software/lilv. Changes: Adopt REUSE machine-readable licensing standard Update project metadata

Drobilla

09 Sep '22 07:07 Sord 0.16.14 Sord 0.16.14 has been released. Sord is a lightweight C library for storing RDF statements in memory. For more information, see http://drobilla.net/software/sord. Changes: Adopt REUSE machine-readable licensing standard Allow programs to be used from subproject Fix accidentally exposed internal zix symbols

Drobilla

09 Sep '22 07:06 Serd 0.30.16 Serd 0.30.16 has been released. Serd is a lightweight C library for working with RDF data. Changes: Add SERD_STATIC to pkg-config Cflags for static-only builds Adopt REUSE machine-readable licensing standard Allow programs to be used from subproject Fix spelling mistake in serdi man page

Libre Arts

27 Aug '22 18:43 GIMP 2.99.12: CMYK, canvas interaction, and more This new development version of GIMP is a bit of a game-changer as it arrives with some long-anticipated CMYK-related features. The way they are implemented will make some users happy, but some users might feel annoyed. It’s got to do with early binding vs late binding. So let’s talk about it. Late binding CMYK workflow In layman terms, when you create an image that is in a CMYK-based color space from the ground up, or you convert an existing RGB image to CMYK and continue editing it, this is called early binding. Because, well, you start with CMYK early on. This is what a lot of Photoshop...

CDM: linux

24 Aug '22 19:35 Linux gets native analog modeled plug-ins, Pultec emulations, with VST, VST3, and now – CLAP Linux has the hosts - Bitwig, Ardour, Reaper, Renoise, Tracktion. And now, it's got the high-quality analog models, too, including some of the first to support the new, open CLAP format. The post Linux gets native analog modeled plug-ins, Pultec emulations, with VST, VST3, and now – CLAP appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

22 Aug '22 10:59 Tracktion Waveform Free gets updates for 2022 – and it’s a solid no-cost starter DAW Free matters - for beginners, for cash-strapped musicians, for teaching, for exchange with other folks, and as a way to test out a new way of working. So it's very good news that Tracktion's free-of-cost entry-level DAW keeps getting better. The post Tracktion Waveform Free gets updates for 2022 – and it’s a solid no-cost starter DAW appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Drobilla

16 Aug '22 19:42 Meson Features and Packaging Recently, I have been porting all of the software I maintain to meson. For the most part, this has been a nice improvement. Meson strives to be a generally sensible and coherent build system that addresses the needs of both upstream developers and packagers, and it shows. It isn't perfect (like all software), but it's a pretty big improvement over what came before in many ways. One disagreement has come up, however, and I think it - at best - betrays a misunderstanding of meson feature options, and - at worst - threatens to effectively destroy their utility entirely for no good reason. This...

Midichlorians in the blood

14 Aug '22 12:26 Drumstick Libraries 2.7.1 Released Drumstick is a set of MIDI libraries using C++/Qt idioms and style. Includes a C++ wrapper around the ALSA library sequencer interface: ALSA sequencer provides software support for MIDI technology on Linux. A complementary library provides classes for processing SMF (Standard MIDI files: .MID/.KAR), RIFF MIDI (.RMI), and Cakewalk (.WRK) file formats. A multiplatform realtime MIDI I/O library and a GUI Widgets libraries are also provided for Linux, Windows, and Mac OSX.This is another sonivox related release. Please see: https://github.com/pedrolcl/sonivoxI didn't want to make the sonivox...

Drobilla

14 Aug '22 03:50 MDA.lv2 1.2.10 MDA.lv2 1.2.10 has been released. This is a port of the MDA VST plugins to LV2. Changes: Fix preset installation

Drobilla

14 Aug '22 02:40 Raul 2.0.0 Raul 2.0.0 has been released. Raul (Realtime Audio Utility Library) is a header-only C++ utility library for real-time audio applications. Changes: Add INSTALL.md file Add managed_ptr for automatic real-time safe garbage collection Fix semaphore with initial count on Darwin Implement Semaphore for Windows Improve RingBuffer Improve test suite Make namespace name lowercase Remove OSC and RDF library dependent code Remove TimeSlice and TimeStamp Remove URI class Remove boost dependency Remove features now provided by C++11 Remove glib dependency Remove remaining library code, now header only...

Drobilla

14 Aug '22 02:15 Patchage 1.0.8 Patchage 1.0.8 has been released. Patchage is a modular patch bay for Jack and ALSA based audio/MIDI systems. Changes: Switch to C++17 and modernize code Switch to meson build system

Drobilla

14 Aug '22 02:12 Ganv 1.8.2 Ganv 1.8.2 has been released. Ganv is an interactive Gtk canvas widget for graph-based interfaces (patchers, modular synthesizers, finite state automata, interactive graphs, etc). For more information, see http://drobilla.net/software/ganv. Changes: Switch to meson build system

Drobilla

14 Aug '22 00:56 BLOP.lv2 1.0.4 BLOP.lv2 1.0.4 has been released. BLOP.lv2 is a port of the BLOP LADSPA plugins by Mike Rawes to LV2. Changes: Add default values for controls Add missing port metadata Add option accessors Fix pulse and sync_pulse option interfaces Fix quantiser mode scale points Remove invalid port type Switch to meson build system

Drobilla

14 Aug '22 00:51 MDA.lv2 1.2.8 MDA.lv2 1.2.8 has been released. This is a port of the MDA VST plugins to LV2. Changes: Add REUSE licensing metadata Add lv2lint test Switch to meson build system

Drobilla

14 Aug '22 00:43 Fomp.lv2 1.2.4 Fomp.lv2 1.2.4 has been released. Fomp is an LV2 port of the MCP, VCO, FIL, and WAH plugins by Fons Adriaensen. Changes: Add lv2lint test Switch to meson build system

Drobilla

13 Aug '22 02:17 Suil 0.10.16 Suil 0.10.16 has been released. Suil is a library for loading and wrapping LV2 plugin UIs. For more information, see http://drobilla.net/software/suil. Changes: Fix wrapper module installation path

Drobilla

13 Aug '22 02:15 Lilv 0.24.18 Lilv 0.24.18 has been released. Lilv is a C library to make the use of LV2 plugins as simple as possible for applications. For more information, see http://drobilla.net/software/lilv. Changes: Allow programs to be used from subproject Fix default LV2_PATH

Midichlorians in the blood

11 Aug '22 21:09 Summer Releases This week I have published several new versions of my music applications: Drumstick Metronome (kmetronome) v1.3.1 Drumstick MIDI Monitor (kmidimon) v1.3.1 Drumstick MIDI File Player (dmidiplayer) v1.7.0 The first two applications, kmetronome and kmidimon, are now over fifteen years old and are only available for Linux. These two new versions are simply bug fixes, with no new features. But it is interesting to note that in FlatHub they are already based on Qt6 and supporting both Wayland and X11, although the packages in AppImage format still use Qt5. The chances of finding these applications...

Libre Arts

02 Aug '22 14:17 8 audio editors for Linux that are not Audacity Over the past few years, you might have seen a number of posts that attempted to list audio editors for Linux. Pretty much every time whoever made those lists, would start with Audacity, maybe pay a small tribute to non-free Ocenaudio, then immediately exhaust themselves and start listing Ardour, Rosegarden, LMMS, Mixxx, and even Guitarix — none of which are audio editors, of course. Even last year, when new Audacity owners were under fire for how they managed community relations (it’s so much better now), the attempt to list alternatives would be just about the same. Meanwhile, the world of...

Midichlorians in the blood

31 Jul '22 21:37 Dog days releases It's hot weather these days here at Barcelona! It is also time for releases...A new synthesizer library has been released on July 28, 2022: Sonivox. This project is a fork of the Android Open Source Project 'platform_external_sonivox', including a CMake based build system to be used not on Android, but on any other computer Operating System. Google licensed this work originally named Sonivox EAS (Embedded Audio Synthesis) from the company Sonic Network Inc. under the terms of the Apache License 2.0.This is a Wave Table synthesizer, not using external soundfont files but embedded samples...

Drobilla

19 Jul '22 05:16 Lilv 0.24.16 Lilv 0.24.16 has been released. Lilv is a C library to make the use of LV2 plugins as simple as possible for applications. For more information, see http://drobilla.net/software/lilv. Changes: Fix fallback flock() detection on MacOS Switch to meson build system

Drobilla

19 Jul '22 05:14 Suil 0.10.14 Suil 0.10.14 has been released. Suil is a library for loading and wrapping LV2 plugin UIs. For more information, see http://drobilla.net/software/suil. Changes: Fix MacOS build Fix documentation install path Remove dead Qt4 support code Switch to meson build system

Drobilla

19 Jul '22 05:13 Sratom 0.6.12 Sratom 0.6.12 has been released. Sratom is a small library for serializing LV2 atoms. Sratom reads/writes atoms from/to RDF, allowing them to be converted between binary and text or stored in a model. For more information, see http://drobilla.net/software/sratom. Changes: Switch to meson build system

CDM: linux

18 Jul '22 15:06 Houdini 19.5 pours on visual features, from liquids to light to fire This summer is bringing a slew of motion graphics updates. Late last week, we got a first preview of the latest in visual effects powerhouse SideFX Houdini – another studio-grade tool now available for a song. Houdini 19.5 should get a full reveal this week, but here it is in all its liquid-y, firey goodness: […] The post Houdini 19.5 pours on visual features, from liquids to light to fire appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Drobilla

18 Jul '22 01:22 Sord 0.16.12 Sord 0.16.12 has been released. Sord is a lightweight C library for storing RDF statements in memory. For more information, see http://drobilla.net/software/sord. Changes: Fix various warnings Switch to meson build system

KXStudio

16 Jul '22 01:39 Carla 2.4.4 and 2.5.0 released Hello again everyone, it is 2 Carla releases on the same day! Carla is an audio plugin host, with support for many audio drivers and plugin formats. It has some nice features like automation of parameters via MIDI CC (and send output back as MIDI too) and full OSC control. The reason for 2 releases is so there is an update to the 2.4.x series, being shipped in some Linux distributions that do not update packages to new versions. Hopefully the bugfix is possible to push-through for such cases. The 2.4.4 version does not have prebuilt binaries, it is meant only for those building from source...

KXStudio

16 Jul '22 00:58 Cardinal 22.07 released Greetings everyone, we have another release of Cardinal, mostly with bugfixes and a new surprise feature. Cardinal is a free and open-source virtual modular synthesizer plugin. It is based on the popular VCV Rack but with a focus on being a fully self-contained plugin version. The main changes on this release are related to keyboard input focus and VST3 fixes. For the keyboard input issue (basically in some hosts it was/is impossible to type in anything) I created a meta-issue to track all other issues, with a table for each DAW, OS and plugin varant being tested. This helped me understand the...

Ubuntu Studio

14 Jul '22 12:00 Ubuntu Studio 21.10 has reach End Of Life (EOL) As of July 14, 2022, all flavors of Ubuntu 21.10, including Ubuntu Studio 21.10, codenamed “Impish Indri”, have reached end-of-life (EOL). There will be no more updates of any kind, including security updates, for this release of Ubuntu. If you have not already done so, please upgrade to Ubuntu Studio 22.04 LTS via the instructions provided here. No single release of any operating system can be supported indefinitely, and Ubuntu Studio has no exception to this rule. Regular Ubuntu releases, meaning those that are between the Long-Term Support releases, are supported for 9 months and users are...

CDM: linux

11 Jul '22 18:16 Free Piloslib for Pd makes patching easier – and sounds totally hardcore The modular sound environment Pd (Pure data) is wonderful. Pd is free. Pd runs everywhere. Pd is ... frequently lacking some of the stuff you'd ideally want out of the box. Enter Piloslib, totally free and just released. The post Free Piloslib for Pd makes patching easier – and sounds totally hardcore appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Drobilla

10 Jul '22 20:58 Serd 0.30.14 Serd 0.30.14 has been released. Serd is a lightweight C library for working with RDF data. Changes: Fix memory consumption when reading documents Switch to Meson build system Update README and project metadata

CDM: linux

04 Jul '22 17:43 Novation’s Launchpad 2.0 adds widgets that adapt to your DAW shortcuts, expands customization More like this, please. Novation's Launchpad 2.0 updates (for Launchpad Mini and X) are a great example of how manufacturers can make it easier to adapt hardware to your setup. Now they've added keystrokes to the custom faders and melodic and drum widgets you can lay out on your custom controls. The post Novation’s Launchpad 2.0 adds widgets that adapt to your DAW shortcuts, expands customization appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

KXStudio

29 Jun '22 19:24 Cardinal 22.06 released Hello everyone, yet another release of Cardinal is here, with a few new modules and a bunch of bugfixes. Cardinal is a free and open-source virtual modular synthesizer plugin. It is based on the popular VCV Rack but with a focus on being a fully self-contained plugin version. Module changes Add AS modules Add forsitan modulare Add Myth modules Add Host Parameters Map core module Add Sassy Scope core module Implement custom plugin GUIs for internal Ildaeil plugins Implement JSFX plugin support in Ildaeil Make Host Parameters smoothing optional Fix Fundamental flipped noise outputs Fix...

KXStudio

29 Jun '22 19:24 Cardinal 22.06 released Hello everyone, yet another release of Cardinal is here, with a few new modules and a bunch of bugfixes. Cardinal is a free and open-source virtual modular synthesizer plugin. It is based on the popular VCV Rack but with a focus on being a fully self-contained plugin version. Module changes Add AS modules Add forsitan modulare Add Myth modules Add Host Parameters Map core module Add Sassy Scope core module Implement custom plugin GUIs for internal Ildaeil plugins Implement JSFX plugin support in Ildaeil Make Host Parameters smoothing optional Fix Fundamental flipped noise outputs Fix...

Libre Arts

23 Jun '22 06:43 LSP Plugins 1.2.2

Vladimir Sadovnikov released a new version of his free/libre LSP PLugins pack, this time featuring a multiband dynamics plugin in four variations: left/right, midside, mono, and stereo. Basically it’s an 8-band compressor (only 4 enabled by default to start small probably). By default you get this all-band overview: You can tweak the frequency ranges directly on the graph by dragging vertical lines around, or you can make fine numeric adjustments below (double-click any number below its respective rotary button to edit). And you can do the usual compression magic to frequency bands selectively...

Libre Arts

22 Jun '22 13:43 JUCE7 delivers LV2 and ARA support

Raw Material Software Ltd. released a major update of the JUCE framework targeted at developers of audio/MIDI software and used in numerous free/libre and proprietary software projects. The new version finally delivers support for both the LV2 plugin API and the ARA SDK. It also comes with a bunch of UI rendering improvements on macOS and iOS. LV2 support The lack of official LV2 support in JUCE has been one of the major showstoppers in LV2 adoption by plugin makers. Sure, some developers like Moddart have demonstrated exemplary perseverance in delivering their products in LV2 anyway. But that...

KXStudio

19 Jun '22 10:02 Cadence 0.9.2 release

Cadence 0.9.2 has just been tagged. No new features have been added to the code-base. The release is focused on fixing compatibility with new systems, specially for Python 3.10. This release is quite late, all things considered. Until a few days ago I was still running an Ubuntu 20.04 based OS, so I couldn't reproduce any crashes. A few people submitted fixes for Python 3.10 compatibility, but I did not want to tag a new release before running a few tests myself. I am now on a Ubuntu 22.04 based OS, so finally I was able to reproduce the reported issues and fix any extra ones that popped up. I...

CDM: linux

15 Jun '22 21:21 CLAP is a new open-source plug-in format from Bitwig, u-he – do we need it, and who will use it?

Bitwig and plug-in maker u-he today are announcing a new plug-in format into beta, dubbed CLAP, for CLever Audio Plug-in API. It's open and has features missing from the leading proprietary formats - and boasts some significant support at launch. So what will that mean for you? The post CLAP is a new open-source plug-in format from Bitwig, u-he – do we need it, and who will use it? appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Libre Arts

15 Jun '22 15:43 Introducing CLAP 1.0, open-source audio/MIDI plugins API

After 7 years of work, CLAP 1.0 SDK for audio/MIDI plugins is now available. Bitwig and U-he, both collaborators on the project, issued an official announcement. There are both hosts and plugins available with CLAP support now. Disclaimer: I covered most of the topics here previously in two write-ups for LWN, “An introduction to Linux audio plugin APIs “ and “The Clever Audio Plugin “. So I might be inadvertently repeating myself. What is CLAP? Much like VST, AU, LV2 and others, CLAP is an software development kit for creating audio effects and virtual instruments that work across multiple...

fundimental

05 Jun '22 04:00 Building a plant table: (3/3) putting it together

Well, this draft has been sitting unpublished for a while, but it’s time for the third part of my ad-hoc build series. With the two pre-requisite jigs out of the way (1 2) here’s the main project. Essentially with winter arriving I had some typically outdoor plants which needed to be moved back inside to avoid the frost. My current home has reasonably high windows and narrow windowsills, so some sort of table was needed for my plants to get a reasonable amount of sunlight. I started out with a simple stool that I had built with pine reclaimed from an old door. If you’ve got a landlord who...

KXStudio

31 May '22 00:29 KXStudio Monthly Report (May 2022)

Hello all, it has been a while since the last time I wrote one of the "monthly" reports, but now back again. Typically I would write about stuff that was happening behind-the-scenes or to be released soon, but last couple of months have been mostly releases of stuff that was already in progress and was reported on already, or quick enough releases that could be done in a single month. Also, there was quite a lot of Cardinal, like a lot of it. :) Continuing with efforts torwards VST3 VST3 support in DPF is not going as quickly as I hoped, with the last few details being hard to get right. As a...

Drobilla

27 May '22 07:08 Patchage 1.0.6

Patchage 1.0.6 has been released. Patchage is a modular patch bay for Jack and ALSA based audio/MIDI systems. Changes: Fix ALSA sequencer port subscriptions Fix crash on client disconnection Fix initial display with no configuration file Fix various minor bugs Rework code architecture to be more decoupled and data-driven Save "human names" setting in configuration Show latency in toolbar with 2 decimal places Switch to C++14

Drobilla

27 May '22 05:43 Suil 0.10.12

Suil 0.10.12 has been released. Suil is a library for loading and wrapping LV2 plugin UIs. For more information, see http://drobilla.net/software/suil. Changes: Fix build issues with newer toolchains Fix some compiler warnings Remove Qt4 support

Drobilla

27 May '22 05:38 Lilv 0.24.14

Lilv 0.24.14 has been released. Lilv is a C library to make the use of LV2 plugins as simple as possible for applications. For more information, see http://drobilla.net/software/lilv. Changes: Fix build issues with newer toolchains Fix unused parameter warnings Update zix tree

Drobilla

27 May '22 03:27 Sratom 0.6.10

Sratom 0.6.10 has been released. Sratom is a small library for serialising LV2 atoms to and from RDF, for converting between binary and text or storing in a model. For more information, see http://drobilla.net/software/sratom. Changes: Fix documentation installation directory Fix potential blank node ID truncation

Drobilla

27 May '22 03:22 Sord 0.16.10 Sord 0.16.10 has been released. Sord is a lightweight C library for storing RDF statements in memory. For more information, see http://drobilla.net/software/sord. Changes: Fix Windows build Fix potential crash or incorrectness issue with GCC 10 again

Drobilla

27 May '22 02:47 Serd 0.30.12

Serd 0.30.12 has been released. Serd is a lightweight C library for RDF syntax which supports reading and writing Turtle, TriG, NTriples, and NQuads. Serd is suitable for performance-critical or resource-limited applications, such as serialising very large data sets or embedded systems. Changes: Fix warnings and build issues with clang 13 and VS 2019 Fix writing long literals with triple quotes Improve documentation style Support combining several BSD-style command line flags in serdi Write statements with invalid URI characters in lax mode

CDM: linux

23 May '22 22:08 MOD Devices made a guitar synth you can actually play like a synth – so your guitar is the CV

It's the sound and expression of a modular synth, but you can mix it with guitar sounds and play it with the guitar techniques you already know. Here's the latest no-extra-cost addition to MOD Devices do-it-all mobile effects boxes. The post MOD Devices made a guitar synth you can actually play like a synth – so your guitar is the CV appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Autostatic

16 May '22 21:32 rtcqs v0.5.2 released

After some thought and having updated the linuxaudio.org system configuration wiki page I decided to remove three checks from rtcqs. First to go was the background processes check. It checked for two processes that are not used anymore and these days I can’t think of an ubiquitous piece of software that could wreak so much […]

KXStudio

15 May '22 16:09 Cardinal 22.05 has been released

Hello everyone, yet another release of Cardinal is here. Cardinal is a free and open-source virtual modular synthesizer plugin. It is based on the popular VCV Rack but with a focus on being a fully self-contained plugin version. This is a big update with not just bug-fixes but also new modules and a few behaviour changes too. Particularly interesting for existing Rack users is the inclusion of the popular Fundamental modules, though in customized fashion. A new Audio to CV Pitch module also makes a debut, based on DISTRHO PitchTrackingSeries which was a shared effort for pushing the feature...

Libre Arts

04 May '22 18:43 Weekly-ish recap — 4 May 2022

Highlights: new Krita book, GIMP is finally getting some CMYK features, there have been new releases of OpenToonz, Kdenlive, Zrythm, LSP and Noise Repellent plugins, and more. GIMP and ongoing CMYK work The most interesting thing going on with GIMP right now is the work by new contributor NikC. He recently added CMYK JPEGs exporting, and has three more related patches in the pipeline: correct CMYK TIFFs loading, CMYK TIFFs exporting, and a rewrite of the CMYK color selector to use the babl library. Please note that instead of using the preferred CMYK profile the CMYK JPEG exporter will use...

Autostatic

03 May '22 11:47 rtcqs v0.4.2 released

This release comes with a new Power Management check which checks if the audio group has read/write permissions on /dev/cpu_dma_latency. If your user is a member of the audio group and permissions are set for this group then DAW’s like Ardour and Reaper can open this file as your user, keep it open and control […] The post rtcqs v0.4.2 released appeared first on autostatic.com.

CDM: linux

29 Apr '22 17:25 NAP 0.5.0, free realtime visual tool, adds GPU computation, Web, RasPi support, new look

NAP, the free and open-source live visualization toolkit, has an all-new look, powerful GPU computation capabilities, a Web portal ... and it even runs on a Raspberry Pi. Your next installation is calling. Let's check it out. The post NAP 0.5.0, free realtime visual tool, adds GPU computation, Web, RasPi support, new look appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

KXStudio

25 Apr '22 20:00 Correction: Changes in KXStudio repositories

This is a quick correction to yesterday's post regarding changes in the KXStudio repositories. I mentioned that the minimum required version was Debian 12 / Bookworm. This is incorrect, the minimum is actually Debian 11 / Bullseye. Apologies for the lapse, have a good day! :)

KXStudio

24 Apr '22 15:12 Changes in KXStudio repositories

For the impatient ones, the too-long-didn't-read short summary is: Minimum required version to use the KXStudio repositories is now 20.04 / Focal or Debian 11 / Bullseye i386 / 32bit systems are no longer supported "Extras" repository has been marked as deprecated and should no longer be used Updating base version to 20.04 / focal As Ubuntu 22.04 was just announced, I began to do work on the KXStudio repositories once again. They were using Ubuntu 18.04 as base for all builds, which is getting old now and only has 1 more year of support. That last part is important - when 18.04 goes end-of...

Ubuntu Studio

21 Apr '22 17:10 Ubuntu Studio 22.04 LTS Released

The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu Studio 22.04, code-named “Jammy Jellyfish”. This marks Ubuntu Studio’s 31st release. This release is a Long-Term Support release and as such, it is supported for 3 years (until April 2025). Since it’s just out, you may experience some... Continue reading

KXStudio

15 Apr '22 20:54 Carla 2.4.3 has been released

This is a small bugfix release for the Carla v2.4 series. Carla is an audio plugin host, with support for many audio drivers and plugin formats. It has some nice features like automation of parameters via MIDI CC (and send output back as MIDI too) and full OSC control. Fixes Fix build for Alpine Linux and BSD Fix integration with internal Qt toolbar visibility state Fix plugin search (regression from 2.4.2) Fix several Windows UTF-16 issues Build related changes Add -fno-gnu-unique to default build flags Implement VERBOSE make flag Make build compatible with LTO, now enabled on official macOS...

CDM: linux

07 Apr '22 19:33 You can already use the Steam Deck as a music machine, with Bitwig Studio, VCV Rack, more

It's a portable gaming machine - but unlike other such devices, the Steam Deck is also an open, handheld, Linux-powered computer. And you know what that means: it's a synth and a DAW, too. The post You can already use the Steam Deck as a music machine, with Bitwig Studio, VCV Rack, more appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Midichlorians in the blood

05 Apr '22 07:51 Procrustes' Piano

In Greek mythology, Procrustes was a rogue smith and bandit. He had an iron bed, in which he invited every passer-by to spend the night. If the guest was shorter than the bed, he used his smith hammer to stretch them to fit. If the guest proved too tall, Procrustes amputated the excess length; nobody ever fitted the bed exactly. Procrustes continued his reign of terror until he was killed by Theseus.In common language, a "Procrustean bed" is an arbitrary standard to which exact conformity is forced. Pianos are one example of "One size fits all" disregarding Ergonomics absolutely.The number of...

KXStudio

04 Apr '22 22:43 Cardinal 22.04 released

Hello everyone, yet another release of Cardinal is here, this time focused on bugfixes. Cardinal is a free and open-source virtual modular synthesizer plugin. It is based on the popular VCV Rack but with a focus on being a fully self-contained plugin version. Changelog: Add Interverb demo patch (in source code) Add retrigger to Host-MIDI Do not show resize handle on JACK Standalone Fix and enable ChowDSP Credit module Fix potential noise burts on load with ihtsyn MVerb-based modules Fix messed up graphics on Windows with High-DPI screens Fix resources not found on some Windows systems (by not...

Ubuntu Studio

31 Mar '22 17:43 Ubuntu Studio 22.04 LTS Beta Released

The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the beta release of Ubuntu Studio 22.04 LTS, codenamed “Jammy Jellyfish”. While this beta is reasonably free of any showstopper DVD build or installer bugs, you may find some bugs within. This image is, however, reasonably representative of what you will find... Continue reading

Ubuntu Studio

25 Mar '22 02:37 A New Logo for Ubuntu Studio

Many of you may have seen Ubuntu’s post about their logo refresh. Since Ubuntu Studio is a part of Ubuntu, we decided to follow suit. Beginning with the release of Ubuntu Studio 22.04 LTS, you will notice a new logo in the startup and splash screens, along with the website.... Continue reading

KXStudio

21 Mar '22 17:45 Cardinal 22.03 released

Hello everyone, a new release of Cardinal is here. This brings quite a few new extra modules, updates the existing ones and adds a few nice features as requested by users. This is what changed compared to the (initial) 22.02 release: Add Windows installer, shipping with optional Carla Plugin Host integration and JACK Standalone Add AudioUnit plugin format for macOS Fix build for HaikuOS (only headless possible for now) Fix crash in headless build when loading certain modules Fix GUI resize in high-dpi systems Fix Host MIDI-CC channel pressure and pitchbend interfering with CCs Fix repaints in...

CDM: linux

21 Mar '22 16:14 Renoise tracker better supports Mac, Windows, Link, and – get ready, DIYers – RasPi

It's the tracker software (Renoise) and sampler-sequencer (Redux) that bring those tools into the 21st century. And now Renoise delivers a ton of new native options for every platform. The post Renoise tracker better supports Mac, Windows, Link, and – get ready, DIYers – RasPi appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Midichlorians in the blood

18 Mar '22 15:48 Spring is coming

I've just released Barcelona Trees, Beta2 v0.0.4, which is just another extremely niche application, totally unrelated to MIDI, but also based on the Qt frameworks like my other free software projects.The motivation of this program is to help Barcelona visitors or dwellers, answering questions such as:What trees are nearby? (from manual or GPS location)What trees are on a given street or garden?Where can I find specimens of a certain genus/species?For each specimen, obtain more information about its species from existing data on Wikipedia and public images.This may be useful in many ways, from...

Libre Arts

28 Feb '22 08:53 Weekly-ish recap — 28 February 2022

Highlights: new releases of GIMP, darktable, OBS Studio, Zrythm, Geonkick, X.org driver for Wacom, Inkscape to begin hiring, FreeCAD 0.20 is coming. GIMP 2.99.10 New version of GIMP comes with a pretty major change: layer links are now gone. They’ve always been more like temporary solution for lacking multi-layer selection. Now that GIMP has the latter, it didn’t make much sense keeping layer links. For use cases where you might want restoring a complex selection of layers that are not inside the same group there are now layer sets available. Frankly, the feature should have been called ‘layer...

KXStudio

21 Feb '22 21:38 Ildaeil v1.0 released

Hello everyone, another release is here, this time it is Ildaeil. Something that was initially done as a test for Carla and ImGui usage within DPF, but turns out to be actually quite useful! To those that are not up to date on KXStudio developments, let's recap this little new project... Ildaeil is mini-plugin host working as a plugin allowing one-to-one plugin format reusage. The idea is to load it as a plugin inside your DAW and then the other "real" plugin inside Ildaeil. This allows, for example, a VST3 host to load LV2 plugins. For the more technically-minded people, this is basically a...