Midichlorians in the blood

25 Oct '21 21:15

Autumn Releases

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...

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...

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)

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

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

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.

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 [...]

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 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

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...

KXStudio

31 Jan '21 20:58

KXStudio Monthly Report (January 2021)

fundimental

31 Jan '21 05:00

Building a plant table: (1/3) starting with a circle jig

For a change of pace I’m going to talk about a crafting project rather than something related to music or programming. To kick of hopefully some new retrospectives of projects, let’s begin with a three part journey into the construction of a simple custom `plant table'. This table was built a month or two back and it’s the first nice furniture project I’ve completed without plans or other inspiration that I’m satisfied with. For an idea starting out as a way to use leftovers from a previous project everything went fairly smoothly. We’ll get to the final project in the third part, but let’s...

Libre Arts

29 Jan '21 09:23

Revolutionizing garment-making in Italy with Valentina

One of the benefits of working on Libre Arts is that people come and tell me about interesting things they do. So recently, I spoke to Luca Lavore who works with his father in their family tailor shop of 30 years in Palermo district, on the beautiful Italian island Sicily. And they are big on using free/libre program Valentina for pattern design. Luca, when you first contacted me, you said you were ready to tell the world that Valentina could be the real fashion revolution. What kind of struggles did you have as a clothing brand / business that led you to believe a revolution needs to happen...

CDM: linux

28 Jan '21 21:53

Surge, awesome free soft synth, gets major 1.8 update

This labor-of-love, free and open-source software synth has gotten a whole lot more love - with new filters, features, modulation, and content. Surge is a must-have on Mac, Windows, or Linux, and keeps getting better. The post Surge, awesome free soft synth, gets major 1.8 update appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Libre Arts

26 Jan '21 09:23

Optimize PNG and JPEG images on Linux with Curtail

There is a lot of push towards better image file formats all around, especially on the web. And while personally I have already moved to WebP for all new content on Libre Arts, there are some valid use cases for PNG and JPEG. You could be sharing a screenshot created by your desktop environment when you press the Print Screen button. Or maybe you have to use an old content management system that does not accept newer image file formats. Either way, it’s a good idea to compress images before uploading. And if you never liked using tools like optipng from a terminal, I have good news for you...

Libre Arts

25 Jan '21 12:23

Week recap — 25 January 2021

Highlights: new releases of Zrythm and Guitarix, new features in Krita, darktable, Siril, Blender. Graphics Niels De Graef continues bringing more GTK3-specific features to GIMP. The program now uses a listbox widget for icon themes and title bar formats. And thanks to Stanislav Grinkov, you can now reverse the order of pages as layers when importing PDF. There’s a lot of bugfixing in Krita following v4.4.2 release but also some new things: the context menu for on-canvas crop tool now provides options to lock width/height/ratio, and then there are some styling improvements all around...

Libre Arts

24 Jan '21 14:32

The art of Evelyne Schulz

Evelyne Schulz is one of the artists whose work made with GIMP is what I usually show to people to demonstrate that GIMP is a quite capable tool for digital painting. So I guess showcasing her work here was long overdue! She also recently returned to making GIMP tutorials and posting them on YouTube. Hello Evelyne! Thank you for agreeing to do this :) Hi there! Yes, thanks for reaching out :) Some years ago, you did an interview for OCS-Mag and you basically said you grew up with Linux, and GIMP was the only choice you had back then which was, what, 1997? Yes, I think I started using GIMP on...

Libre Arts

21 Jan '21 16:23

This is 2021: what's coming in free/libre software

There are many reasons to look back at 2020 with a whole range of emotions but I would rather look forward. Graphics The GIMP team is now focusing on completing version 3.0. It’s too early to say if it will be out in 2021. But unless everything changes dramatically, we’ll see several more 2.99.x releases at the very least. Feature-wise, not much new is planned, although there’s a new Paint Select tool being worked on by Thomas Manni. And before you ask: no, it’s not AI-based. It’s also designed to do quick binary selection for now, so not very good for selecting strands of hair and suchlike...

Drobilla

20 Jan '21 20:55

Serd 0.30.10

Serd 0.30.10 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: Add fallback configuration if documentation theme is unavailable Fix SERD_DISABLE_DEPRECATED Fix building for older MacOS versions on newer MacOS Fix documentation installation directory

MOD Devices

19 Jan '21 12:34

Shaping our creative destiny: Methodology for musicians

Whether we realize it or not, all musicians have one thing in common, on principle we are the masters of our creative destiny.

Midichlorians in the blood

15 Jan '21 20:57

Drumstick 2.0 and related releases

KXStudio

15 Jan '21 14:34

Announcing PawPaw: cross-platform LV2 ports for macOS and Windows

KXStudio

15 Jan '21 12:57

A small set of plugin updates

Libre Arts

08 Jan '21 13:23

Sunsetting Libre Graphics World, introducing Libre Arts

My initial plan to stick to just graphics software went pear-shaped mere months into the journey with Libre Graphics World back in 2009. So this is a long overdue goodbye to the old project. What’s going on Covering music/video software on a website that says “Graphics” was a bit of a puzzler for some readers. I think Paul Davis of Ardour fame stopped chuckling over that maybe just a year ago. I wouldn’t say the name used to be a huge branding issue (I have fellow GIMP project for that, you know). But it became slightly vexing. And then there was the whole topic of using ExpressionEngine for...

Drobilla

08 Jan '21 03:38

Ganv 1.8.0

Ganv 1.8.0 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: Expand canvas automatically to fit nodes Fix various compiler warnings

Drobilla

08 Jan '21 03:28

Fomp.lv2 1.2.2

Fomp.lv2 1.2.2 has been released. Fomp is an LV2 port of the MCP, VCO, FIL, and WAH plugins by Fons Adriaensen. Changes: Various minor code quality improvements

Drobilla

08 Jan '21 03:24

MDA.lv2 1.2.6

MDA.lv2 1.2.6 has been released. This is a port of the MDA VST plugins to LV2. Changes: Various minor code quality improvements

Drobilla

08 Jan '21 03:09

BLOP.LV2 1.0.2

BLOP.LV2 1.0.2 has been released. BLOP.lv2 is a port of the BLOP LADSPA plugins by Mike Rawes to LV2. Changes: Add missing properties for options interface Avoid pedantic warnings Fix compilation with default hidden visibility Set Hz unit on frequency ports

Drobilla

08 Jan '21 03:05

Jalv 1.6.6

Jalv 1.6.6 has been released. Jalv is a simple but fully featured LV2 host for Jack which exposes plugin ports to Jack, essentially making any LV2 plugin function as a Jack application. For more information, see http://drobilla.net/software/jalv. Changes: Add a command line argument to select a specific UI Explicitly support lv2:inPlaceBroken Ignore ports with nonsense lv2:control designations Remove Jack session support Support port events for ui:showInterface UIs

Drobilla

08 Jan '21 02:59

Patchage 1.0.4

Patchage 1.0.4 has been released. Patchage is a modular patch bay for Jack and ALSA based audio/MIDI systems. Changes: Add NSMicrophoneUsageDescription for MacOS 10.15 Catalina Add command line option to print version Fix making and breaking connections with Jack DBus Fix sample rate with Jack DBus Fix unstable module positions Improve man page Remove Jack session support Remove flaky DSP load meter

Drobilla

08 Jan '21 02:46

Lilv 0.24.12

Lilv 0.24.12 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 connecting ports to structures in Python Fix potential memory error when joining filesystem paths Fix saving state with files on Windows Fix unlikely undefined behavior when saving state Fix writing state manifests on Windows Remove the need for a generated configuration header

Drobilla

08 Jan '21 02:40

Suil 0.10.10

Suil 0.10.10 has been released. Suil is a library for loading and wrapping LV2 plugin UIs. For more information, see http://drobilla.net/software/suil. Changes: Clean up minor code issues Remove the need for a generated configuration header

Drobilla

08 Jan '21 02:36

Sratom 0.6.8

Sratom 0.6.8 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 potential null pointer dereference

Drobilla

08 Jan '21 02:33

Sord 0.16.8

Sord 0.16.8 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: Clean up code Fix potential undefined behavior Fix potentially incorrect search results Remove the need for a generated configuration header

Drobilla

08 Jan '21 02:19

Serd 0.30.8

Serd 0.30.8 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: Deprecate serd_uri_to_path() Don't install API man pages Fix potential memory error when serialising URIs Move headers to an include directory Refuse to write relative URI references to NTriples Remove the need for a generated configuration header Remove use of C character class functions that may use...

Libre Arts

07 Jan '21 13:23

About

Libre Arts was previously known under the name Libre Graphics World. It’s an online magazine for creative professionals using free applications for digital painting, graphic and web design, desktop publishing, photography, and CAD. The project focuses on news, tutorials and articles to provide you with the most up to date information about evolution of these applications and best practices. Free software is a rapidly evolving niche, we feel that this fact should be better represented on the web which is exactly what we do. In many ways foundation of this project was triggered by Ginger Coons’s...

KXStudio

28 Dec '20 16:11

Another DISTRHO-Ports update

KXStudio

25 Dec '20 17:46

DIE-Plugins v1.0 released

CDM: linux

22 Dec '20 20:46

Arturia’s Juno-6 chorus recreation is free this week as a plug-in

It's one of the all-time great chorus effects - and now you can bite off just the chorus of the Roland Juno and use it as an effect, for free, with this giveaway from Arturia. We've got that - and one competing free chorus, for good measure! The post Arturia’s Juno-6 chorus recreation is free this week as a plug-in appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

MOD Devices

22 Dec '20 15:08

Liquidity In Space: Modulation effects and their mysterious powers.

As sonic expressionists, it is important to remember to embrace experimenting with unorthodox effects combinations and settings

CDM: linux

22 Dec '20 14:38

Free Eurorack holiday – all these Instruo modules are now on VCV Rack; here’s a guide

Modular Santa Claus is here, just in the Nick of time. Boutique Scottish Eurorack maker Instruo is dropping a big range of modules in virtual form on VCV Rack - for free. Here's what's inside and where to get started. The post Free Eurorack holiday – all these Instruo modules are now on VCV Rack; here’s a guide appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

17 Dec '20 16:56

Bitwig adds a free 808 – multisampled and 808 bass and Grid patch ready

Bitwig's new 808 freebie is massively multisampled and uniquely integrated with Bitwig Studio - which opens up the possibility of playing bass lines on it or integrating it with modular patches in The Grid. The post Bitwig adds a free 808 – multisampled and 808 bass and Grid patch ready appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Libre Arts

09 Dec '20 12:23

Week recap — 9 December 2020

Highlights: new releases of Krita and Shotcut, new features in Siril, Blender, Olive, some interesting ongoing development in darktable. Graphics GIMP developers have been doing some bugfixing, especially in the metadata editor code (mostly done by Jacob Boerema). Jehan patched the Input Devices dialog to remove some cruft such as listing virtual devices. Krita devs released version 4.4.2 (this week, technically, but what the hell :)). It comes with a metric ton of changes, mesh gradients, mesh transform, new gradient editor and more, and there are more improvements in the pipeline. I’d say...