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 13:01

Audio As Objects. Investigating Minimalism for the saturated present.

Most of society now understands the credo “Less Is More” to the point of cliché. It has become a mundane term easily summoned in the modern vernacular to signify purity of intention and quality of manifestation through the economy of form. And despite such ubiquity, it remains one of the most viable approaches to creativity. With this especially restrictive moment, it seems appropriate to strip things back and see how Minimalism can be modified for today’s musician, or at least re-examined in usable contemporary terms.

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 13:34

Shaping our creative destiny: Methodology for musicians

With a new year beginning, we felt it would be valuable to bring to mind creative methodology and how to develop a tactical approach to your studio practice.

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 16:08

Liquidity In Space: Modulation effects and their mysterious powers.

After our last post covering parallel processing and the creative use of distortion, we feel the next topic to move into is the frenetic world of modulation effects.

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...

MOD Devices

03 Dec '20 16:08

How to use distortion creatively?

In this blog post, we explore how breaking the rules can yield exciting new tonal possibilities and why you should never underestimate the creative use of distortion and cabinet effects on your signal chain. We also cover the clever technique of parallel processing within this concept.

Libre Arts

01 Dec '20 12:23

Week recap — 1 December 2020

Week highlights: new major releases of Blender, Font Manager, DrumGizmo, amSynth, new features in Krita, Olive, new node-based image editor called Cascade. Graphics A lot of work on GIMP last week was plumbing but it was the important kind of plumbing. File plugins now begin to use new program-wide API for saving metadata instead of using their own code that has variations and inconsistencies among themselves. Krita got a new gradient editor: The Mesh mode of the Transform tool now has spinboxes to set rows and columns, and a checkbox to show/hide control points. Also, the Similar Color...

KXStudio

30 Nov '20 21:08

KXStudio Monthly Report (November 2020)

Autostatic

28 Nov '20 11:47

And what about Linux audio?

Yeah, what about it? Well, not much really. I have acquired the linuxaudio.org domain name since that is more practical when it comes to DNS changes as I am one of the root admins of the linuxaudio.org servers. When it comes to making music I’m still exclusively using Linux but I’ve shifted to a monolithic […] The post And what about Linux audio? appeared first on autostatic.com.

Drobilla

26 Nov '20 22:12

Beautiful C and C++ Documentation with Sphinx

Like many, I've long suffered under the antiquated and inflexible HTML documentation generated by Doxygen. Having recently worked on some Python documentation using Sphinx, though, I found it powerful and pleasant enough to use. It also has a way of encouraging actually writing documentation, rather than just generating a dump of glorified comments, which is a good thing. Though I'm not at all a fan of ReStructuredText syntax (which at times seems like it's trying to be cryptic on purpose), Sphinx is undeniably powerful, and I like the "assemble a bunch of plainish text files" approach in...

Libre Arts

25 Nov '20 12:23

Multi-week recap — 25 November 2020

Highlights: new releases of GIMP, Scribus, FontForge, Synfig, Tahoma2D, LibreDWG, Giada, Ardour, new features in Krita, Inkscape, Olive, Kdenlive, a new take at fullscreen color management with HDR support in Wayland. Graphics There have been two major anniversaries lately. GIMP turned 25 years old last week and released version 2.99.2 a few weeks prior to that. It’s the first unstable release leading up to v3.0. It was 20 years for FontForge, and another release: Today is FontForge's 20th anniversary. Our latest release, 2020-11-07, celebrates twenty years of FontForge.Other changes: Many SVG...

CDM: linux

24 Nov '20 23:49

Colourlab Ai 1.0 arrives, and the future of color grading comes with it – details

This is some Kodachrome level color voodoo - color grading and shot matching powered by machine-learning. And it comes from a collaboration with some friends of ours from the artist and live visual side, so it's doubly worth mentioning. The post Colourlab Ai 1.0 arrives, and the future of color grading comes with it – details appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Libre Arts

19 Nov '20 12:23

Scribus 1.5.6 and beyond

New unstable version of Scribus is available with several interesting improvements such as PDF-based printing, PDF 1.6 compatibility with OpenType fonts embedding, and more changes. This is originally avialable as a video, edited script goes below. PDF-based printing and preview Scribus developers started introducing PDF-based printing support and intend to eventually phase out PostScript-based printing. The two places where you can find this new option are the printing dialog itself and then, of course, the print preview dialog. The Windows version doesn’t have it yet though. PDF 1.6...

Autostatic

16 Nov '20 11:00

New job

Working at home during the Intelligent Lockdown got me thinking about a lot of stuff, including my job at Cyso. I started weighing the many positive aspects against the negative ones and unfortunately the balance tilted too much towards the negative side. So when I got contacted by Evidos I decided to bite the bullet […] The post New job appeared first on autostatic.com.

Libre Arts

13 Nov '20 12:55

GIMP 2.99.2 vs 2.10.x: which one do you pick?

Now that the GIMP team is back to releasing both stable and unstable updates, here is the question that a lot of people will be asking. Should they go for 2.99.2? Or should they stick to the stable 2.10 series? What can you realistically expect from this particular release of GIMP and upcoming GIMP v3.0 in general? Here is what I think you need to know to draw your own conclusion. This article is a transcript of the video below. Here is my obligatory disclaimer that I’m affiliated with the GIMP project, so you should take anything I say about it with a grain of salt. GIMP 2.99.2 has been...

Libre Arts

10 Nov '20 12:55

RIP Bill Morrow

The Cinelerra community is mourning the loss of W.P. Morrow aka Good Guy who passed away at the age of 66 after being hit by a truck while cycling near his home in Longmont, Colorado, last week. Bill was lead developer of Cinelerra-GG video editor since 2016, and prior to that, he worked with Michael Collins on Cinelerra-HV. I never really had the pleasure to talk to him. So I think it’s best to pass the mic to people who did know him. Igor Vladimirskiy: GG was the user-friendliest guy among Cinelerra-* developers. He had a lot of spare time, he was able to figure out complicated source code...

Libre Arts

03 Nov '20 12:23

Week recap — 3 November 2020

Week highlights: Blender Conference was online this year, new releases of BlenderBIM, Pitivi, Shotcut, Qtractor, new free/libre VST3 plugins for Linux, new features in Inkscape, Krita, FreeCAD, Dust3D. Graphics The GIMP team was mostly busy with all things related to releasing and packaging GIMP 2.99.2, the first version based on GTK3. The announcement is coming soonish. Meanwhile, Jehan and Akkana started writing a guide on porting older GIMP plug-ins to the GIMP 3.0 APIs. Krita developers have been busy too. The updated Recorder plug-in has been merged to the main development branch and will...

MOD Devices

28 Oct '20 16:32

Using Rhythmical Delays in your productions

In this blog post, we’ll talk about how you can use delay effects to add pleasing rhythms to a simple signal source, such as a monophonic synthesizer. As one of the fundamental effects a musician can use, Rhythmical Delays are useful on any sound source.

Libre Arts

23 Oct '20 10:23

Week recap — 23 October 2020

There have been just so many news since my last week recap. Unfortunately, these days, I have to prioritize for my family. So this is going to be an update that covers both recent and not so recent events. Meanwhile, I’d rather skip the Blender 2.90 release because it’s been covered so extensively, and v2.91 is in beta now anyway. Graphics Krita 4.4.0 is finally out. Highlights: Multiple fill layer updates: multi-threading, screentone, multigrid, and SeExpr options Diagonal selection lines in MyPaint color selector Gradients can now use current foreground and background colors Here is the full...

Ubuntu Studio

22 Oct '20 18:30

Ubuntu Studio 20.10 Released

The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu Studio 20.10, code-named “Groovy Gorilla”. This marks Ubuntu Studio’s 28th release. This release is a regular release, and as such it is supported for nine months until July 2021. Since it’s just out, you may experience some issues,... Continue reading

Ubuntu Studio

15 Oct '20 17:21

About Website Security

UPDATE 2020-10-16: This is now fixed. We are aware that, as of this writing, our website is not 100% https. Our website is hosted by Canonical. There is an open ticket to get everything changed-over, but these things take time. There is nothing the Ubuntu Studio Team can do to... Continue reading

KXStudio

11 Oct '20 23:08

Carla Plugin Host v2.2 is finally here!

Ubuntu Studio

02 Oct '20 20:21

Donate to Ubuntu Studio!

Have you ever wanted to donate to your favorite multimedia-based operating system development, but haven’t been able to? Well, now you can! Today, we have launched our Donate button. Donations can be made on a one-time or monthly basis. Donations will go toward ongoing development costs to those most actively... Continue reading

Ubuntu Studio

02 Oct '20 00:18

Ubuntu Studio 20.10 Beta (Groovy Gorilla) Released

The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the beta release of Ubuntu Studio 20.10, codenamed Groovy Gorilla. 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

28 Sep '20 13:03

Autumn Plugin Sale at MOD Devices

Autumn is around the corner, colder days are ahead of us and it’s a perfect moment to get back to your music studio. We want to prepare you for the days in your productive shell and that’s why we’re offering a -50% discount on all plugins. Warm-up your sounds with MOD this autumn! If you’re a MOD user, you’re probably aware that we’re currently offering more than 300 hundred plugins for free and we are not stopping here. Our Plugin Gallery is continuously growing and we’re hoping to never stop this process. However, we also have some marvelous creations from developers who collaborate with us...

Drobilla

27 Sep '20 19:18

Sratom 0.6.6

Sratom 0.6.6 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 various minor warnings and other code quality issues

Drobilla

27 Sep '20 16:22

Suil 0.10.8

Suil 0.10.8 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 X11 in Gtk size regressions (thanks Robin Gareus) Fix compilation on MacOS older than 10.12 Fix drag and drop for X11 in Gtk Fix various minor warnings and other code quality issues

Drobilla

27 Sep '20 16:17

Lilv 0.24.10

Lilv 0.24.10 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 memory leaks in lv2bench Fix various minor warnings and other code quality issues Make lilv_world_get() use translations Split and clean up test suite

Drobilla

27 Sep '20 15:08

Sord 0.16.6

Sord 0.16.6 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 potential crash or incorrectness issues with GCC 10 Fix various minor warnings and other code quality issues

Drobilla

27 Sep '20 14:51

Serd 0.30.6

Serd 0.30.6 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 various minor warnings and other code quality issues Improve reader error handling Make all free functions tolerant of NULL Parse prefixed names more strictly

KXStudio

07 Sep '20 19:58

Carla 2.2 RC2 is here!

Libre Arts

18 Aug '20 15:23

Week recap — 18 August 2020

Weekly highlights: new releases of Siril, Kdenlive, and Zrythm, EEVEE is getting more sky models, LibreDWG gets v0.11 release and goes beta, Inkscape’s GSoC students are having great progress. Graphics Dozen of bug fixes landed to Krita last week. Notable changes are further work on SeExpr support in fill layers (e.g. previewing before addition), as well as a few RAW import plugin improvements. The Inkscape team appears to be working towards releasing v1.0.1 in September. There won’t be any new features, only bug fixes and translation updates. Developers recently had a several days long...

MOD Devices

17 Aug '20 15:19

MOD Duo X is available in stores for the first time in MOD's history!

The long-awaited moment has finally come. We know we have been teasing you for quite a while, but we’re stoked to tell everyone out there that the Duo X is finally hitting store shelves around the world. An exciting new era has just begun for MOD Devices, the entire community of open-source enthusiasts, and electronic music artists!

KXStudio

31 Jul '20 20:56

KXStudio Monthly Report (July 2020)

Midichlorians in the blood

30 Jul '20 18:19

VMPK: MIDI by Network

MOD Devices

30 Jul '20 13:23

5 Tips For Live Music Booking in Covid-19 Times

MOD Devices

27 Jul '20 16:02

The MOD Duo is still evolving!

Important notice regarding v1.9.1 update for Duo users

MOD Devices

27 Jul '20 14:07

MOD Firmware Update v1.9

If you are a MOD Duo user, please read this important notice before proceeding with the installation of this new firmware.

Ubuntu Studio

22 Jul '20 19:38

Major Backports Update

For those of you using the Ubuntu Studio Backports Repository, we recently had a major update of some tools. If you’ve been using the Backports PPA, you may have noticed some breakage when updating via normal means. To update if you have the Backports PPA enabled, make sure to do... Continue reading

Libre Arts

21 Jul '20 15:23

Week recap — 21 July 2020

Week highlights: new releases of Blender, MusE, Zrythm, MuseScore, new release of darktable shaping up, lots of improvements across multiple major projects like FreeCAD, LibreCAD, BlenderBIM, Siril. Graphics Jehan Pages moved OpenCL support in GIMP back to the experimental department. The reason for that is simple: there is no one to work on OpenCL support right now, not all drivers treat OpenCL equally well, and the amount of visual garbage in the output is just too annoying when you start using e.g. GEGL-based filters. Other than that, work continues on polishing multi-layer selection, the...

KXStudio

18 Jul '20 19:31

Carla 2.2 RC1 is here!

Ubuntu Studio

16 Jul '20 16:18

Ubuntu Studio 19.10 Support Ends Tomorrow!

Ubuntu Studio 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) was released October 17, 2019 and will reach End of Life on Friday, July 17, 2020. This means that after that date there will be no further security updates or bugfixes released. We highly recommend that you update to 20.04 LTS immediately if you are... Continue reading

KXStudio

15 Jul '20 23:17

A DISTRHO-Ports update

Libre Arts

15 Jul '20 12:55

How to use math input in GIMP

One semi-hidden feature in GIMP is that you can do simple calculations in the spinbox widgets where you input numeric values. This tutorials explains how it works and all the advanced things you can do there. So this recent repost on Twitter by the GIMP account (and originally by Andrei Rybak) blew up a little. Clearly, not everybody knew that you could do simple calculations right in the input fields for numbers. But… there’s actually more to tell than what you can see in that short video clip. The text below is full transcript or the original video, with one single exception specifically...

Libre Arts

13 Jul '20 15:23

Week recap — 13 July 2020

Okay, this is a little embarassing. Certain family-related stuff kept me from posting more, so there’s an almost 4 months long gap. Let’s quickly amend some of that. Graphics I think it’s fair to say the Inkscape v1.0 release is probably the greatest thing that happened in these FOSS parts lately. The new version comes with a whole lot of improvements, not updating is just unthinkable to me (I did switch to the main development branch maybe half a year prior to the release). If you are wondering, where this project is heading and whether they have plans to fix some of the important issues or...

Libre Arts

05 Jul '20 07:23

Podcast ep. 003 - Paul Davis on fixing big Linux audio issues

This is a the second part of the interview with Paul Davis, lead developer of Ardour, a free/libre digital audio workstation. In the first part, we spoke mostly about all things Ardour. But now it’s time to talk about some big stuff that is relevant to virtually every user of Linux audio applications for music-making. As with the last time, edited transcript is available below. Three years ago, at Linux Audio Conference, you were talking about things we got right and wrong in Linux audio. One of the things you said was that the audio system on Linux is too complicated but — and I’m probably...

Libre Arts

05 Jul '20 07:23

Podcast ep. 003 - Paul Davis on fixing big Linux audio issues

This is a the second part of the interview with Paul Davis, lead developer of Ardour, a free/libre digital audio workstation. In the first part, we spoke mostly about all things Ardour. But now it’s time to talk about some big stuff that is relevant to virtually every user of Linux audio applications for music-making. As with the last time, edited transcript is available below. Three years ago, at Linux Audio Conference, you were talking about things we got right and wrong in Linux audio. One of the things you said was that the audio system on Linux is too complicated but — and I’m probably...

MOD Devices

30 Jun '20 14:45

forward audio coming to MOD Devices

As some of you already know, forward audio and MOD Devices partnered up for the first time during the MOD Dwarf Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. We’re now stoked to share that four of these plugins will be released for all the MOD devices and they will soon be available in your Plugin Store.

Libre Arts

07 Jun '20 07:23

Podcast ep. 002 - Paul Davis on the deep rewrite of Ardour

This is the first part of a long interview with Paul Davis, founder and lead developer of Ardour, free/libre digital audio workstation. Hello Paul! Hi Alexandre, how are you? I’m fine. How are you doing? Great, thank you! So you recently moved to New Mexico, is what I heard… Yeah. It’s very different from where I used to live. But enjoying a lot so far. Unfortunately the mess you can see behind me is an indication I’ve only been here a year and unpacking all this stuff hasn’t been a very high priority (laughs). Do you get out much these days? Not as much as I was a few months ago. I mean, we...

Ubuntu Studio

03 Jun '20 05:28

Ardour 6.0 Information

Our friends at Ardour have released Version 6.0, and we would like to offer them a huge congratulations! While the source code and their own builds were available on release day, many of you have been waiting for Ardour 6.0 to come to Ubuntu’s repositories. Today, that day came. Ardour... Continue reading

Libre Arts

12 May '20 15:23

Going above and beyond with Inkscape 1.0

After almost 17 years in the making, Inkscape 1.0 is out. Let’s be fair: this is one of those cases when the version number doesn’t nearly represent what’s actually in the box. The software was perfectly usable right at the point of forking from Sodipodi back in 2003, I’m speaking as the eyewitness here. The v1.0 release should’ve happened years ago but the team took a very conservative approach. Personally, I stopped using Inkscape 0.92.x and switched to what later became v1.0 a year ago or so. So far, it’s been a good run. I still have personal beefs with some UI solutions but I realize it’s...

Ubuntu Studio

09 May '20 02:16

Progress on Plasma

With our release announcement for Ubuntu Studio 20.04 LTS, we revealed that it would be our last version with the Xfce desktop, and that we would be moving to the KDE Plasma desktop starting with 20.10. Interestingly enough, that news took nearly two weeks to get noticed. When it did,... Continue reading

CDM: linux

08 May '20 14:35

monome’s alternative musical world: a hands-on creative expedition with norns and grid

It's a rarified way of making music - the ultra-minimal monome grid and norns open music platform. But what is it really about? We turn to reviewer Andreas Roman to find out. The post monome’s alternative musical world: a hands-on creative expedition with norns and grid appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

06 May '20 16:36

Get lost in stupidly ace sounds and imagery of the algorave, then get smarter and make your own

Algorave culture has been training years for this – it’s an audiovisual form that can make even a screen and streamed sound really come alive. Just watch – and actually, don’t just watch, here’s how to learn, too. Normally, algorave articles talk breathlessly about code, blah blah, people coding on screen, isn’t that nerdy, look […] The post Get lost in stupidly ace sounds and imagery of the algorave, then get smarter and make your own appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Libre Arts

02 May '20 20:00

You'd have to be crazy to rewrite GIMP in anything — Interview with Ell

There aren’t many things as empowering as seeing a seemingly random person starting to hack on a free software project with a huge codebase and quickly grow into a major contributor that suddenly everyone listens to. So I listened some more. This is an interview with Ell, one of the several core GIMP developers. Before you dive in, I owe you a disclaimer that I’m a GIMP contributor. So you should always treat whatever I write about this project with no small measure of skepticism. Oded Nuriel never really intended to become an almost anonymous GIMP contributor of whom, until fairly recently...

Drobilla

26 Apr '20 20:04

Serd 0.30.4

Serd 0.30.4 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 EOF handling while reading in bulk or from strings Fix lax handling of string errors Fix reading from a null-delimited socket

Drobilla

26 Apr '20 19:55

Lilv 0.24.8

Lilv 0.24.8 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 passing strings for URIs in Python API when unambiguous Fix cases where incorrect translation is used Fix deleting state bundles loaded from the model Fix memory leak when dyn-manifest has no plugins (thanks Michael Fisher) Implement state:freePath feature

Ubuntu Studio

23 Apr '20 17:41

Ubuntu Studio 20.04 LTS Released

The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu Studio 20.04, code-named “Focal Fossa”. This marks Ubuntu Studio’s 27th release. This release is a Long-Term Support release and as such, it is supported for 3 years (until April 2023). Since it’s just out, you may experience some... Continue reading

Drobilla

09 Apr '20 16:29

Patchage 1.0.2

Patchage 1.0.2 has been released. Patchage is a modular patch bay for Jack and ALSA based audio/MIDI systems. Changes: Add support for exporting canvas as PDF Bring back Jack buffer size selector Configure based on compiler target OS for cross-compilation Don't install 512x512 icons Fix compilation with Jack DBus Order ports deterministically Restore messages pane visibility and height Save window size and position when closed via window manager Style messages pane to match canvas Support Jack CV and OSC via metadata Upgrade to waf 2.0.19

Drobilla

09 Apr '20 15:45

Ganv 1.6.0

Ganv 1.6.0 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: Add API to specify module port order. Add support for PDF and PS export. Add support for beveled box corners. Add support for edges that do not constrain the layout. Dampen sprung layout energy over time to prevent oscillation. Distinguish edge color from port color slighly. Fix compilation with --no-fdgl (patch from Vlad Glagolev). Fix crash when...

CDM: linux

07 Apr '20 16:27

Control free streaming tool OBS Studio with OSC – and more essential tricks

Control live streaming and recording tool OBS Studio with other apps and tools, and route video live. Free add-ons make it all possible. The post Control free streaming tool OBS Studio with OSC – and more essential tricks appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Ubuntu Studio

03 Apr '20 14:08

Ubuntu Studio 20.04 LTS Beta (Focal Fossa) Released

The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the beta release of Ubuntu Studio 20.04 LTS, codenamed Focal Fossa. 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

Libre Arts

24 Mar '20 15:23

Week recap — 24 March 2020

Double-week highlights: major new releases of darktable, FontForge, LuxCoreRender/BlendLuxCore, and LilyPond, new release candidates of Natron and Dust3D, first milestone for VR support in Blender is done, enve is becoming SVG animation authoring tool. Graphics GIMP developers are picking up speed after the last major update. Now that RawTherapee reads Canon CR3 files, the file extension is also recognized by the program so that you would be able to use RT as a file loader in GIMP for these files. Layer group previews are now rendered a lot faster, and the word on the street is that multiple...

Libre Arts

09 Mar '20 15:23

Week recap — 9 March 2020

Week highlights: new releases of OpenShot, Kdenlive, and Cinelerra-GG, first beta of Krita 4.2.9, new module in darktable, major Blender news, SIFT patent expired to open the door for autopano-sift-c inclusion to Hugin for generating control points in source panorama images. Graphics GIMP and MyPaint teams are basically taking rest after the stress that accompanies recent major updates. The Krita team has just released the first beta of v4.2.9 with several new features and a ton of fixes. Ramon Miranda shot a video about some of the new stuff. By the way, Agata Cacko shared her thoughts about...

Libre Arts

02 Mar '20 09:23

Week recap — 2 March 2020

Highlights: major releases by Blender, MyPaint, GIMP, and MusE teams, coding sprint by Krita devs, first release candidate of Dust3D v1.0, new release of Shotcut, major changes in Olive and enve. Graphics Let’s start with major news. MyPaint 2.0.0 is finally out after several years of work. It’s now maintained by a whole new team that stepped up when there was no maintainer in the project anymore. They didn’t come empty-handed either. Here are some of the new features: Linear compositing and spectral blending (the Pigment blending mode to emulate the use of traditional media New brush settings...

Libre Arts

25 Feb '20 12:23

GIMP 2.10.18 full review

The new version of GIMP is full of usability fixes, new features, overall improvements, and bug fixes. Let’s dive right in! But first, the usual disclaimer for cases whenever I make a dedicated post about GIMP. Apart from writing for Libre Graphics World, I’m also a non-coding contributor to GIMP, so if you suspect that I could be biased about this program, that’s because I am. For this particular release, I shot a video that covers most of the changes in this version. But since not everyone likes videos, below is the full transcript. Now, as you probably know, starting with the 2.10 series...

Libre Arts

10 Feb '20 09:23

Week recap — 10 February 2020

Highlights: new release of RawTherapee, Cinelerra, and OpenShot available, the Krita team is fixing unit tests, there are even more UX fixes in GIMP, there have been major Godot news, the enve developer is unstoppable! Graphics Kuntal Majumder posted another great overview of what’s going on with Krita development. You should totally visit his blog for this kind of information. In a nutshell: The team has been busy fixing unit tests so that bugs would be discovered early on. The resource management rewrite is still a work in progress. Switching to Python 3.8 made the packaging of Krita for...