Libre Arts

14 Jan '22 10:53

Streamlining Inkscape for the masses

It’s not a heavily guarded secret that I have an undying love for Inkscape. For me, it’s one of those applications I’m really excited to use every time I have some silly need for a vector graphics editor. Which is why everyone actively involved with the project is my personal hero, and I’m only happy to chat with them every once in a while about how the project is doing. This time, I spoke to Chris Rogers (Vectors team, i.e. PR and communication), Tavmjong Bah (developer), Martin Owens (developer), and Adam Belis (UX guy). Q: So, first off, I love a lot of things going on with Inkscape lately...

Libre Arts

09 Jan '22 10:53

Looking back at 2021, looking forward at 2022

Let’s have a closer look at main events of 2021 and what’s coming for us in 2022. Obligatory disclaimer: I only talk about projects that I track more or less closely. There are many more great projects out there, and I’d love to hear your thoughts about those! What’s holding up GIMP 3.0 There has been a lot of plumbing work on GIMP in 2021. Really, a lot of changes are bug fixes and boring under-the-hood work. Two major user-visible improvements are both recent: You can now use clone tools on multiple layers at the same time. Works great when you have a texture for a photogrammetry project and...

KXStudio

31 Dec '21 17:36

KXStudio Monthly Report (November + December 2021)

Autostatic

30 Dec '21 00:38

Using Home Assistant with IR controlled devices

When my NAD C325BEE stopped working I could’ve bought a new stereo amplifier but after a quick look inside I was pretty sure the damage was minor so I brought it to a repair service. When I could pick it up again not only were the costs way below the price of a new amplifier […] The post Using Home Assistant with IR controlled devices appeared first on autostatic.com.

Autostatic

27 Dec '21 13:54

rtcqs released

rtcqs v0.3.1 is now available on Codeberg and Github. rtcqs is the continuation of the realtimeconfigquickscan project but then rewritten in Python. It comes with a Qt GUI and a few extra checks. Dear all, I’d like to announce rtcqs, the continuation of the realtimeconfigquickscan project. It’s a port to Python with some added extra’s, […] The post rtcqs released appeared first on autostatic.com.

Midichlorians in the blood

26 Dec '21 10:54

Winter Releases

CDM: linux

24 Dec '21 02:33

TouchOSC updates are here, plus excellent videos for inspiration, instruction

The preeminent multi-platform touch control app just keeps improving since its next-gen reboot earlier this year. And that means the ability to get your hands on music and visuals wherever you are, on any OS. So let's catch up with Hexler. The post TouchOSC updates are here, plus excellent videos for inspiration, instruction appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

07 Dec '21 15:26

The best free tools for working with modular synthesis and music

Patching for the people - there's no reason cost or access has to keep you from the powers and fun of modular synthesis and music making. VCV Rack's launch this month got lots of attention, but there are other options, too. Here the latest, best picks. The post The best free tools for working with modular synthesis and music appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Libre Arts

07 Dec '21 10:53

Weekly-ish recap — 7 December 2021

Week highlights: new major releases of Blender, Open 3D Engine, OTIO, and Bespoke Synth, Cardinal is gaining momentum. Blender 3.0 This is one of the most exciting releases in 2021. I wholeheartedly recommend watching the “Every new feature in 6 minutes” video, it provides a pretty good summary of the most important changes. The team also shot a mini-documentary with user stories: With 3.0, Blender enters a new LTS phase that will last 2 years. Version 3.2 with new features is expected in March 2022. The release notes is being collected here. Blender Geometry Sketcher I’ve just come across a...

Libre Arts

30 Nov '21 20:53

Weekly-ish recap — 30 November 2021

This is more of a monthly recap, for my sins! Highlights: new releases of BlenderBIM and IfcOpenShell, Natron, LibrePCB, Shotcut, VCV Rack, Blender 3.0 is coming later this week, Krita and darktable are prepping up for a major update. macOS support returns to GIMP Thanks to Lukas Oberhuber (among other contributors), up-to-date versions of GIMP are available for macOS users again. There’s a stable build of 2.10.28 with fixes for invisible selection cue (marching ants) and an experimental build of v2.99.8 which is GTK3-based and supports HiDPI displays vastly better that the GTK2-based version...

CDM: linux

30 Nov '21 19:34

VCV Rack 2 arrives – standalone is still free, $99 intro gets plug-ins with VST right away – details

The anticipated VCV Rack 2 is here and out of beta. What will it support? What does the release mean for compatibility with modules? What will it cost if you opt for the 'Pro' version? All the details here - but yeah, you can finally run VCV Rack inside your DAW. The post VCV Rack 2 arrives – standalone is still free, $99 intro gets plug-ins with VST right away – details appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Timj's Testbit

27 Nov '21 01:01

Anklang takes over

The first pre-release of Anklang was uploaded to Github a couple days ago. The Anklang project is a digital audio synthesis application for live creation and composition of music or other audio material. It merges several new developments and (Beast) rewriting efforts by Stefan Westerfeld and me…

CDM: linux

24 Nov '21 22:15

Bespoke, free modular – jamming – livecoding – production tool, looks serious at 1.1.0

If you need a break from big monolithic production environments, Bespoke wants to be your alternative - for free. Plenty of you liked that idea and responded, and the result hits this month with the major 1.1.0 milestone. The post Bespoke, free modular – jamming – livecoding – production tool, looks serious at 1.1.0 appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

12 Nov '21 12:48

Meet MeeBlip’s new cubit duo, USB MIDI interface and thru box all in one

We're pleased to introduce our latest addition to the MeeBlip line - the simple but essential interface and thru box for MIDI we needed ourselves. Here's cubit duo. The post Meet MeeBlip’s new cubit duo, USB MIDI interface and thru box all in one appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

11 Nov '21 11:18

Unity just bought Weta Digital – yeah, the Lord of the Rings Peter Jackson one

The democratization of visual effects continues at a stunning pace, with or without acquisitions. But it's hard to beat this example - an Academy Award-winning visual effects studio is now in the hands of a game engine. The post Unity just bought Weta Digital – yeah, the Lord of the Rings Peter Jackson one appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

SFZTtools

08 Nov '21 15:13

sfizz 1.1.1 release

CDM: linux

04 Nov '21 21:25

Unity 2021.2 is full of artist-friendly stuff, from rendering to mobile face capture

Hey, that other engine starting with the letter 'U' is looking pretty amazing, too. Unity 2021.2 Tech Stream is here, with loads of artist-friendly features. And you were worried what to do with your winter (southern hemisphere summer). The post Unity 2021.2 is full of artist-friendly stuff, from rendering to mobile face capture appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

04 Nov '21 16:08

Bitwig Studio 4.1: color palettes, note FX with physics and more, Sampler release chaining

Bitwig users get a bunch of goodies in the just-announced 4.1. There are tons of Note FX devices with various features for organic and musical and simulated physics-based playability, plus a really smart way of handling color palettes, chains that trigger when you release Sampler notes, and more. She’s like a rainbow If you’re on […] The post Bitwig Studio 4.1: color palettes, note FX with physics and more, Sampler release chaining appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

KXStudio

31 Oct '21 22:38

KXStudio Monthly Report (October 2021)

Libre Arts

31 Oct '21 18:53

Halloween art 2021

Over the past week, I’ve seen quite a few nice Halloween-themed artworks made with free/libre software. Here are my personal picks of the ones made with Blender and Krita. Oh, and let’s have none of this “sexy witch” nonsense. Macabre is fine though somehow :) Happy Halloween from Dennys J M Pinheda, Krita: Crows, by mikak, Krita: Happy Halloween by huleeb, Blender: Pumpkin’s Trick or Treat by Thornydre, Blender: ’”Sick hat, Bro,” said the man in a tree.’ by yagrum, Blender: Bonus part, a speedpainting video of that: I like a lot what Metin Seven does, but his things with teeth are absolute...

Libre Arts

31 Oct '21 10:53

Weekly-ish recap — 31 October 2021

Highlights: new releases of GIMP, Krita, Penpot, ArmorPaint, Audacity, PipeWire, Apple joins Blender Dev Fund, Stargate DAW joins Linux audio family, Ardour gets clip launching as part of future live looping feature set. GIMP 2.99.8 Much of the release notes for the newly arrived GIMP 2.99.8 covers continuous integration changes. While it might be a boring topic for you, especially if you are in the “DO WANT FEATURES” camp, this is actually great. Here is why. If someone fixed a bug that annoyed you or implemented a new feature that you really wanted, you can now test this on your operating...

Midichlorians in the blood

25 Oct '21 21:15

Autumn Releases

SFZTtools

23 Oct '21 21:38

sfizz 1.1.0 release

KXStudio

15 Oct '21 14:36

Carla 2.4.1 has been released

Ubuntu Studio

14 Oct '21 17:05

Ubuntu Studio 21.10 Released

The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu Studio 21.10, code-named “Impish Indri”. This marks Ubuntu Studio’s 30th release. This release is a regular release, and as such it is supported for nine months until July 2022. Since it’s just out, you may experience some issues,... Continue reading

Libre Arts

06 Oct '21 11:53

Weekly-ish recap — 6 October 2021

Highlights: new Inkscape and Octo4A releases, Inkscape and Blender development updates, VCV Rack 2 source code release. Inkscape 1.1.1 The team finally released the first update to Inkscape v1.1. It comes mainly with bug fixes — a lot of them, in fact — so you’d do yourself a big favor by upgrading. And yes, I know I’m preaching to the choir with this, but the excitement is still strong witrh Martin’s ongoing work on pages support. In other news, Mike Kowalski made toolbars icons size and the toolbox vastly more customizable: Customizable toolbox for @inkscape, incoming patch by Mike Kowalski...

KXStudio

30 Sep '21 12:32

KXStudio Monthly Report (September 2021)

Ubuntu Studio

24 Sep '21 15:09

Ubuntu Studio 21.10 Beta Released

The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the beta release of Ubuntu Studio 21.10, codenamed “Impish Indri”. 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 when... Continue reading

Midichlorians in the blood

22 Sep '21 17:36

New Releases and the New Picture

Libre Arts

19 Sep '21 11:53

Weekly recap — 19 September 2021

Week highlights: new releases of GIMP, PenPot, Glaxnimate, Ultimaker Cura, Horizon EDA, Bespoke Synth, Giada, further work on pages support in Inkscape, working VST3 instruments support in MuseScore. VGC Illustration: funded on Kickstarter First off, Boris Dalstein’s project got successfully funded on Kickstarter by 137 backers (so far). This covers the remaining 10% of the money that Boris needs to develop the first official release. GIMP 2.10.28 This is a brown paper bag release: 2.10.26 was inadvertently released with a tiny annoying bug, so the team skipped that version entirely. Either...

MOD Devices

16 Sep '21 10:23

After all, what is digital simulation, in the real world?

After all, what am I simulating? In 1989, the American sound engineer Andrew Bartta created the company Tech 21, creating the now very well known Sansamp pedal in the early 90’s, which introduced a new concept of amplifier modeling, analogically simulating the main equalization characteristics of 3 well-known brands of amplifiers, Fender, Marshall and Mesa-Boogie. [...] read more

CDM: linux

14 Sep '21 14:36

VCV Rack adds Drums right now – analog-modeled modular drum machine for $30

While we're waiting on VCV Rack 2, Drums is available right now. And not only does it give you a full range of dedicated analog-modeled drum modules, but it's got DSP from our friends at Vult. The post VCV Rack adds Drums right now – analog-modeled modular drum machine for $30 appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

14 Sep '21 14:14

VCV Rack 2 teaser gives us reasons to be excited about Rack again

After a long silence, VCV reveals some of what's coming in VCV Rack 2, the new edition of the free and open source platform. Thought you were just waiting on a VST plug-in? Think again: check out "dark room" mode and some significant usability features. The post VCV Rack 2 teaser gives us reasons to be excited about Rack again appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Libre Arts

12 Sep '21 11:53

Weekly recap — 12 September 2021

Week highlights: new version of BeeRef available, Inkscape updates, VCV Rack 2 teaser, new PipeWire release, and more. BeeRef 0.2.0 Rebecca Breu released a new version of BeeRef, an amazing free/libre reference image viewer. The main new feature is support for next notes (see my earlier post on the project). G’MIC is getting new awesome filter Paint with Brush is the latest addition to G’MIC. Even if you don’t understand German, just scroll to 1:45 to see it in action: Inkscape updates Most recently, Mike Kowalski merged his patch that turns the snapping toobar into a drop-down list of options...

Libre Arts

07 Sep '21 14:53

Weekly-ish recap — 7 September 2021

GIMP and multiple layers cloning So there was recently a thread by Gleb Alexandrov wondering if he could sponsor some FOSS graphics editor to make the Clone tool work on multiple layers simultaneously. We're a bit stuck with one feature that is missing in both @Blender, @Krita_Painting and @GIMP_Official: cloning from/to multiple layers at once. It's impossible to tweak PBR texture sets (diffuse, normals, height etc) without it.1/2— Gleb Alexandrov (@gleb_alexandrov) August 14, 2021 Jehan Pages took the challenge and has a preliminary implementation for GIMP. Working on the ability to clone...

KXStudio

31 Aug '21 18:52

KXStudio Monthly Report (August 2021)

CDM: linux

31 Aug '21 15:49

A free, open-source collection of building blocks unlocks expressive motion in Houdini

It's powered by math but doesn't require you to remember your, uh, linear algebra. It's not a set of presets, but it's accessible to newcomers and experts alike. MOPs is a free entryway to treating motion like an expressive instrument, and it radically changes the experience of using Houdini for the first time. The post A free, open-source collection of building blocks unlocks expressive motion in Houdini appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

25 Aug '21 16:57

Unreal Engine 4.27 out now with goodies like Web UI; early-access UE5 MetaSounds makes noise

It was the dawn of the third age of audiovisual creation.* Yes, Unreal keeps adding eye-popping, ear-bursting media powers, both in its stable 4.2x branch and early-access UE5. That makes this free-to-use game engine a must for futuristic artists. The post Unreal Engine 4.27 out now with goodies like Web UI; early-access UE5 MetaSounds makes noise appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

KXStudio

20 Aug '21 18:09

Carla Plugin Host v2.4.0 is here

Libre Arts

17 Aug '21 04:53

Weekly-ish recap — 17 August 2021

Due to extra workload, this recap structurally follows the previous one. Essentially, I look at fewer news and try to provide a sensible amount of background info. Inkscape is getting multi-page support There are many exciting things happening in the Inkscape land like the ongoing effort to cut the cruft out of dockable dialogs. But there’s an even bigger change coming. After rewriting the Connector tool based on LPE, Martin Owens took multi-page support in Inkscape as his next big project. The latest video report covers making Inkscape to load page definition from SVG and showing them in the...

MOD Devices

09 Aug '21 19:21

Chromatic Spontaneity: Borrowing From Generative Music Systems

MOD Devices

09 Aug '21 19:21

Investigating Signal Chain Optomization

KXStudio

08 Aug '21 20:30

Carla 2.3.2 has been released

fundimental

06 Aug '21 04:00

NLP Hacking on HN Job listings

One of the nifty parts of Hacker News (HN) is the once per month jobs thread. Between the "Who is hiring?" and "Who wants to be hired?" threads you can see a wide spread of different companies, different positions, and more recently a plethora of remote positions. The threads themselves are quite long and they stretch into several pages with almost a thousand companies getting involved this current month. Searching through job listings though can pose some headaches. Several websites have been made by HN users, but from my perspective there’s always a nagging voice saying "you aren’t searching...

CDM: linux

04 Aug '21 15:08

SuperCollider 3.12 updates massively powerful, free sound synthesis coding environment

It's the basis of a lot of the live coding scene, and an unmatched powerhouse, free and open source. And it gets a big update this week. The post SuperCollider 3.12 updates massively powerful, free sound synthesis coding environment appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

KXStudio

31 Jul '21 17:59

KXStudio Monthly Report (July 2021)

MOD Devices

29 Jul '21 14:20

Introduction: how important are effects for instruments like the electric guitar and electric bass? Part 2

Part 1 here Virtual FX pedals Ok, let’s move on… within the MOD ecosystem, we have access to dozens and dozens of different virtual effects pedals, with various types of applications for just about any kind of music you want to create. The time has come to start putting them in between your guitar or [...] read more

Libre Arts

27 Jul '21 18:23

Introducing BeeRef

I have to admit that sometimes I act like an overexcited 5 years old kid. And the usual reason for that is the sheer amount of my sugar intake. Just kidding! My actual reason for that is… I’m easily excited about tiny useful free/libre applications. And today… it is BeeRef. So, with BeeRef, basically, you can drop a bunch of images onto the canvas, drag them around, make groups, zoom in and out, navigate, flip, scale and so on. More importantly, you can disable the titlebar entirely and enable the “always on top” mode so that you could look at the references and paint in your graphics program...

CDM: linux

26 Jul '21 16:14

CHAIR made an amazingly realistic snare plug-in – get a CDM discount, then play it on a table

The Center for Haptic Audio Interaction Research have been busy - and they've made a snare model unlike any you've heard in software. CDM exclusive discount for you, and - table drumming. Really. The post CHAIR made an amazingly realistic snare plug-in – get a CDM discount, then play it on a table appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

26 Jul '21 15:57

That new MPC 2.10 update proves to be a big hit with users, packed full of features

New plug-ins - and vocal tuning - and USB class compliant audio devices? MPC 2.10 is winning over users of the standalone MPC range. The post That new MPC 2.10 update proves to be a big hit with users, packed full of features appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Ubuntu Studio

22 Jul '21 10:00

Ubuntu Studio 20.10 Has Reached End-Of-Life (EOL)

As of July 22, 2021, all flavors of Ubuntu 20.10, including Ubuntu Studio 20.10, codenamed “Groovy Gorilla”, have reached end-of-life (EOL). There will be no more updates of any kind, including security, for this version of Ubuntu. If you have not already done so, please upgrade to Ubuntu Studio 21.04... Continue reading

KXStudio

16 Jul '21 14:42

Carla 2.3.1 has been released

MOD Devices

15 Jul '21 12:29

Investigating Signal Chain Optimization

Anyone working with amplified and electronic instruments has experienced signal chain issues of one kind or another. With the output of one device routed into another, characteristics of the chain can develop causing a well-known villain in the audio world to appear- noise. In its various manifestations noise can be annoying and difficult to deal [...] read more

Libre Arts

06 Jul '21 19:23

The audacity of privacy

These past few days, wherever you look, there’s a lot of bickering around Audacity and its new desktop privacy notice. If I wanted cheap attention grabbing, I’d probably follow in the lead of some other news outlets and go for something like “Audacity Is Now A Possible Spyware, Remove It ASAP” (an actual title, you can look it up). But I think it’s time to have a level-headed discussion. Let’s try this in an FAQ manner. What happened? Audacity team is introducing two networking features in the next release of the application: Error reporting Checking for updates Because both features involve...

KXStudio

05 Jul '21 21:11

Changes in the extra KXStudio repositories regarding JACK2

CDM: linux

05 Jul '21 18:42

Audacity makers clarify data usage – and there’s not reason to dump the editor yet

In a cycle echoing a controversy earlier this year, Audacity's new parent again released new legal terms which were then seized upon by social media users. Muse Group have clarified those issues publicly and to CDM. The post Audacity makers clarify data usage – and there’s not reason to dump the editor yet appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

KXStudio

02 Jul '21 18:06

KXStudio Monthly Report (June 2021) and a Little Personal Note

MOD Devices

25 Jun '21 12:08

Agility and Imagination: Interfacing Technique and Inspiration

In this entry, we will explore the overlap in how the MOD open-source modular system complements the modern musician and enhances their ability for self-expression and to develop a signature sound while helping to avoid the trap of boredom. Regardless of your chosen means of musical expression, discovering and nurturing your ability to connect with [...] read more

MOD Devices

17 Jun '21 12:54

Introduction: how important are effects for instruments like the electric guitar and electric bass? Part 1

The sound that comes out of the guitar, electric bass, or any similar electric musical instrument is the end result of many hours of study, dedication, talent, and overcoming. What makes a tone, a sound to be recognized, appreciated, and desired? Perhaps it is jargon purposely imposed by the equipment industry over decades that we [...] read more

Libre Arts

09 Jun '21 05:23

Weekly-ish recap — 9 June 2021

I’m still buried under piles of work and family obligations. Hence, currently, I don’t have the luxury of spending 15 hours a week to make the usual kind of a weekly reviews. Instead, I picked several topics that I think are the most interesting things that happened lately. Inkscape 1.1 The new version was released just one year after 1.0 — a staggering improvement in the dev cycle duration, more in line with what we used to know back when Inkscape was in its v0.3x years. If you are not aware of the release, here are the highlights: Brand new docking system for UI New startup dialog for...

CDM: linux

07 Jun '21 11:27

TouchOSC next-generation is here, and it’s an awesome touch controller for everything

It's five years in the making, and easily the most important touch controller app release in a decade. It's the all-new TouchOSC, and it's a touch controller that runs basically everywhere. The post TouchOSC next-generation is here, and it’s an awesome touch controller for everything appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

01 Jun '21 16:13

All versions of Pro Tools now support Ableton Link

The Link-enabled products page has gotten busy, but here's one you may have heard of - Avid Pro Tools. It's the latest to support Live's tech for jamming together across apps, software, and hardware. The post All versions of Pro Tools now support Ableton Link appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

KXStudio

31 May '21 14:55

KXStudio Monthly Report (May 2021)

CDM: linux

27 May '21 16:51

Bitwig Studio 4: Apple Silicon, new Operators, expression Spread, comping

Bitwig Studio 4 doesn’t have a single banner feature like The Grid. Instead, you get multiple refinements: Operators combine the best of hardware with the best of DAWs – and the new version runs natively on your new Mac. Okay, first – Bitwig continues to excel at supporting every platform. That includes Linux (and I […] The post Bitwig Studio 4: Apple Silicon, new Operators, expression Spread, comping appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

MOD Devices

25 May '21 17:17

Chromatic Spontaneity: Borrowing From Generative Music Systems

The age of automated consumer content is nigh… Technologists propose the possibility of “functional” music, fully synthesized by algorithms that have integrated the silicon combinations of tonality to a standard of perfection. A.I hiveminds crunching our audio pleasure information into infinite automatic arrangements rendered on-demand… But like most glacial inevitables, coming to grips with, and [...] read more

CDM: linux

24 May '21 20:49

Free presets, free filter, TAL-Filter-2 mean a new trance-y Age of Love for us all

After all this isolation, it only seems right to have a new Age of Love. By which I mean, of course - lush, lush 90s trance presets and everything for free. The post Free presets, free filter, TAL-Filter-2 mean a new trance-y Age of Love for us all appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Midichlorians in the blood

15 May '21 12:37

Drumstick Multiplatform MIDI File Player, Released and Reloaded

CDM: linux

11 May '21 14:36

Deep Bitwig tips: learn modular patching on The Grid, integrate with NI controllers

Bitwig has posted some really useful deep-dive tutorials lately. That includes building up your own from-scratch tools in the modular environment The Grid - and working with integration with Maschine+/MK3 and NI keyboards. The post Deep Bitwig tips: learn modular patching on The Grid, integrate with NI controllers appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

04 May '21 17:32

Audacity finds home along open-source MuseScore in new acquisition by growing Muse Group

Sure, it ain't pretty. But Audacity's extensive feature set and free status have made this audio editor an essential tool across education and sound production. And now it's been acquired by the emerging Muse Group. So, who are Muse, and what does this all mean? The post Audacity finds home along open-source MuseScore in new acquisition by growing Muse Group appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Libre Arts

01 May '21 12:23

Ultimate Guitar launches Muse Group and acquires Audacity

This isn’t your average software company press release: Martin “Tantacrul” Keary released a new video on his personal YouTube channel to announce that Muse Group is now the owner of Audacity, and he is now the product owner of this project. Wait, Muse… Who? Alright, let’s roll back a bit. A while ago, Ultimate Guitar, the company known for successfully solving the guitar tabs licensing puzzle (which is a hell and a half for lawyers), began acquiring other companies and software projects. In 2017, they acquired MuseScore, a WYSIWYG free/libre score engraving program that came with an online...

MOD Devices

22 Apr '21 23:23

5 artists who are using digital effects to build a unique sonic identity

The development and evolution of digital effects in the music world have given rise to a new wave of artists who are exploring unique sounds not only in electronic music, but also finding new approaches to traditional instruments. Here at MOD Devices we work hard to develop innovative and intelligent tools that help those artists [...] read more

MOD Devices

22 Apr '21 23:23

5 artists who are using digital effects to build a unique sonic identity

The development and evolution of digital effects in the music world have given rise to a new wave of artists who are exploring unique sounds not only in electronic music, but also finding new approaches to traditional instruments. Here at MOD Devices we work hard to develop innovative and intelligent tools that help those artists [...]

Ubuntu Studio

22 Apr '21 17:11

Ubuntu Studio 21.04 Released

The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu Studio 21.04, code-named “Hirsute Hippo”. This marks Ubuntu Studio’s 29th release. This release is a regular release, and as such it is supported for nine months until January 2022. Since it’s just out, you may experience some issues,... Continue reading

MOD Devices

19 Apr '21 18:21

What happens when you cross an effects pedal with a computer?

It can be very easy to work with digital plugins in your music productions – whether to emulate effects, instruments or amplifiers – as long as you are in your studio controlling everything in a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). But think about how complicated it is to take those same sounds to the stage. You [...] read more

MOD Devices

19 Apr '21 17:21

What happens when you cross an effects pedal with a computer?

It can be very easy to work with digital plugins in your music productions – whether to emulate effects, instruments or amplifiers – as long as you are in your studio controlling everything in a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). But think about how complicated it is to take those same sounds to the stage. You [...]

SFZTtools

16 Apr '21 21:00

sfizz v1.0.0 release

SFZTtools

16 Apr '21 15:31

sfizz 1.0.0 release

Libre Arts

16 Apr '21 00:06

Libre Graphics Meeting, why it matters

It’s a month and a half till beginning of one of the most exciting events in the free software world, Libre Graphics Meeting 2010, that will take place May 27-30 in Brussels. Let’s talk about it. If you’ve already read the LGM2010 announcement press-release, perhaps you’ve been wondering what impact exactly it has on the software projects involved, what impact it might have on your work through them, whether you should attend or, at least, financially support it. And, when it comes right down to it, what is it that free software developers actually do when they get together? Traditionally it...

KXStudio

15 Apr '21 12:27

Carla Plugin Host v2.3 is here

Libre Arts

12 Apr '21 22:06

re-lab project is announced

We are glad to announce a new project called re-lab. It is a side project of the newly restored GIMP.ru that focuses on reverse-engineering. Back in November last year a GIMP user told me that brush dynamics in Photoshop brushes (ABR) isn’t supported in the application. There is a number of reasons for that, but one of them was absense of a public specification. The only one officially published covers just Photoshop v6, and brush dynamics appeared later in CS (v7). So Valek who did a lot of work on reverse engineering Corel DRAW files back in 2007 analyzed sample files I had around and...

CDM: linux

08 Apr '21 14:32

Great news for MOTU interfaces: new Ultralite, Apple Silicon and Big Sur support

The Mark of the Unicorn shines brightly. MOTU are here with a ground-up redesign of their blowout hit audio interface UltraLite (now on revision mk5). Combine that with expanded support on Apple platforms and a still-great driverless line, and you have a MOTU interface for just about any job. The post Great news for MOTU interfaces: new Ultralite, Apple Silicon and Big Sur support appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

MOD Devices

07 Apr '21 19:57

MOD Firmware Update v1.10

We are very excited to officially launch our new firmware update, version 1.10, for all MOD devices. This update brings many new features and tweaks to the platform and device controllers: file handling support, improvements to actuators addressing, a big update for the Duo device controller, and many more things to get excited about! Let’s [...]

Ubuntu Studio

01 Apr '21 21:58

Ubuntu Studio 21.04 Beta (Hirsute Hippo) Released

The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the beta release of Ubuntu Studio 21.04, codenamed Hirsute Hippo. 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 when... Continue reading

MOD Devices

01 Apr '21 21:29

Effect pedals: from analog to digital

Learn the history of effect pedals and see how technology now allows you to obtain the same sounds using virtual pedalboards with digital plugins Over the years, musical instruments have been modified to better meet the sound needs of musicians as well as the musical demands of each era. With technological advancement, new instruments were [...]

KXStudio

31 Mar '21 19:24

KXStudio Monthly Report (March 2021)

CDM: linux

25 Mar '21 20:32

Watch Unreal Engine make low-latency visualizations, thanks to Arthur Barthur

At the meeting point of physics simulation, 3D visualization, and modular audio inside Unreal Engine, there's Arthurs Audio BPs. And they just keep getting better - not just doing interesting visual stuff with sound, but making it low-latency. The post Watch Unreal Engine make low-latency visualizations, thanks to Arthur Barthur appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

MOD Devices

24 Mar '21 19:56

Amp simulator: is it worth using this feature?

An amplifier simulator pedal, also called "boxed amp", is basically a drive pedal with sound characteristics and equalizers that reproduce the sound of a complete amplifier, including its preamp, poweramp and cabinet. It can be used like any drive pedal, connected to the input of your amplifier to obtain different sounds of distorted sounds. But [...]

MOD Devices

24 Mar '21 19:33

Open source audio plugins: how to better use this feature?

Plugins are very useful resources for the work of any musician, music producer or audio engineer. They make it possible to emulate sounds from real instruments, process sounds and even create entirely new sounds. Nowadays you can emulate analog equipment that was previously inaccessible with a high degree of precision, or develop a musical identity [...]

Libre Arts

20 Mar '21 09:23

RIP Igor Novikov

On March 15, Igor Novikov passed away after a month of fighting against COVID-19 that he contracted in a hospital while being treated for ishemic stroke. He was 49. I first contacted Igor in 2005 when sK1 project was publicly announced (it was a fork of Sketch/Skencil vector graphics editor at the time). My intention was to figure out if he was interested in collaborating with other teams like Scribus. He was. We kinda hit it off, he helped me a ton with my first online project that was the precursor to Libre Graphics World. And I did my best to help him present his project better, admittedly...

CDM: linux

19 Mar '21 18:47

Miller Puckette, creator of Max and Pd, on how he’s patching his way to remote collaboration

Miller Puckette, the original creator of Max and Pure Data, has been working on keeping connected remotely, too. In this video, he reveals how he plays with a percussionist using Pd and Ableton Live, then joins Cycling '74's David Zicarelli to talk about the future of collaboration in modular environments. The post Miller Puckette, creator of Max and Pd, on how he’s patching his way to remote collaboration appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

KXStudio

17 Mar '21 19:05

Carla 2.3 RC2 is here!

KXStudio

16 Mar '21 20:24

DISTRHO-Ports 2021-03-15 and PawPaw v1.1 releases

CDM: linux

15 Mar '21 18:29

Sega Genesis-ify all your sounds with this free decimator for any platform and OS

One tool gives you 8-bit retro digital sound effects ("bitcrush"/decimator) with loads of extras, for kind of every platform you can imagine - and it's free. The post Sega Genesis-ify all your sounds with this free decimator for any platform and OS appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

15 Mar '21 16:43

OSC to MIDI conversion and MIDI over network, with a free, open source tool

Music gear and software supports MIDI. Visual software supports OSC. You have a network and want to easily run MIDI over it. Sound familiar? Here's a clever free tool (with open code you can also learn from) that acts as an essential tool. The post OSC to MIDI conversion and MIDI over network, with a free, open source tool appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

03 Mar '21 19:36

Beatport DJ is in-browser DJing for everybody – a first look, from a producer-DJ perspective

Beatport DJ is a browser-based tool that combines finding music with mixing it right away. It is definitely where the company's LINK subscription is going. And we've got a first look at the interface - plus what it might mean for anyone making and releasing music (and what's missing so far). The post Beatport DJ is in-browser DJing for everybody – a first look, from a producer-DJ perspective appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

KXStudio

28 Feb '21 15:36

KXStudio Monthly Report (February 2021)

KXStudio

17 Feb '21 12:49

Carla 2.3 RC1 is here!

MOD Devices

15 Feb '21 12:01

Audio As Objects. Investigating Minimalism for the saturated present.

Audio As Objects. Investigating Minimalism for the saturated present.

fundimental

07 Feb '21 05:00

Building a plant table: (2/3) quick angled bridle joints

Like the previous post, we’re working towards the construction of a plant table. The design I was building attempted to look slim and modern. One aspect of that was thin angled legs. Thin legs aren’t all that stable, on their own, so ideally there is a connection to the table top and then a second connection lower down. Attaching to the top and attaching further down the legs means angled jointery. The intent was to have a linkage come off the legs about 2/3rds of the way down and each linkage would connect to a base. Initially I was planning on a simple angled mortise & tendon joint, however...

Libre Arts

01 Feb '21 17:23

Week recap — 1 February 2021

Week highlights: new releases of BlenderBIM, Shotcut, Surge and liquidsfz, new features in GIMP, darktable, Krita, Blender, ArmorPaint, Olive. Graphics GIMP’s developers mostly focused on file plug-ins last week: Now when you export, file dialogs won’t be visible, the progress will be displayed in the status bar. GIMP now correctly handles the gAMA image chunk in PNG files at importing, displaying, and exporting time. The OpenRaster plug-in now supports progress update for importing/exporting, actually supports layer groups (both importing and exporting), and will set Normal mode to layer...