KXStudio

17 Sep '23 08:55 Cardinal 23.09 released Hello again everyone, it is time for another Cardinal release. Cardinal is a free and open-source virtual modular synthesizer plugin. It is based on the popular VCV Rack but with a focus on being a fully self-contained plugin version. The main change for this release is making the OSC remote control an official feature, with some initial documentation here. Then also the usual set of fixes and a few module updates. As an extra, Cardinal has its own website now, living at cardinal.kx.studio with the online/wasm version still accessible by clicking "Try Live". Changelog Add OSC Remote control Do...

Ubuntu Studio

13 Sep '23 18:08 A Message from the Project Lead Dear Ubuntu Studio Community, I want to thank you all for the amazing generosity that you all showed when we asked for financial contributions back in May. We were able to raise over $1,000 USD since, which was a humongous help. I know that my family and I are beyond grateful. That said, circumstances for my family and I haven’t changed that much and are likely not to change. For safety reasons, my wife and I have chosen to pull our son from his regular public school and are having him do online school, which means that I must stay at home with him. This does, however, mean that I have more...

Libre Arts

03 Sep '23 09:51 Weekly recap — 3 September 2023 This is a comparatively short recap, because there haven’t been all that many changes and releases. Highlights: new features in Inkscape and FreeCAD, new releases of BlenderBIM and libwacom, cool new stuff in Ardour. Inkscape The Swatches dock UI has been recently updated by Mike Kowalski. You can see the full list of changes in the merge request description, the most interesting ones (to me) are: new UI for selecting palettes: a multi-column list like in the new LPE dock; searching for color by their names; loading of palettes from files, with support for ACB and ASE palette files by Adobe...

CDM: linux

31 Aug '23 10:03 Batch-process video, free: new FFmpeg Explorer filter tool works visually ffmpeg is a powerful but sometimes daunting free and open source video command line tool. Developer Sam Lavigne has found a way to make it easier to explore its complex filter processing tools - giving it a node-based patching interface for trying out filters in a browser. And Sam is looking for testers. The post Batch-process video, free: new FFmpeg Explorer filter tool works visually appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

29 Aug '23 14:31 Traktor X1 MK3 is NI’s compact DJ controller, refined: hands-on In the first glimpse of new-generation hardware from NI, the company is offering an MK3 revision of its Traktor X1 controller. The X1 line has always found some fans at for its simplicity and compact size. This version adds additional controls, lots of aesthetic touches, and functionality that incorporates what had previously required user hacks. So what can it do at launch - for Traktor, or even as a MIDI controller for other software? The post Traktor X1 MK3 is NI’s compact DJ controller, refined: hands-on appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

29 Aug '23 11:59 You can play rave classic game wipEout in the browser – for now Pygnosis' 1995 PlayStation launch title introduced the combination of futuristic anti-gravity racing and 90s rave music. And it came complete with music by legendary Welsh game composer CoLD SToRAGE - arguably eclipsing even tracks in later editions that included Leftfield, The Chemical Brothers, and Orbital. And now Wipeout arrives in a browser port of a source code leak - and it's a fascinating technical portrait, and least while it lasts. The post You can play rave classic game wipEout in the browser – for now appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

29 Aug '23 11:55 You can play rave classic game wipEout in the browser – for now 1995 saw the PlayStation launch title from Pygnosis that launched the combination of futuristic anti-gravity racing and 90s rave music - complete with music by legendary Welsh game composer CoLD SToRAGE that holds up alongside later editions with Leftfield, The Chemical Brothers, and Orbital. And now it's in a browser port of a source code leak - and it's a fascinating technical portrait while it lasts. The post You can play rave classic game wipEout in the browser – for now appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

28 Aug '23 23:43 40% off Polyend Tracker, and your best last-chance summer sale deals Reverb has another banner exclusive sale - and this time, both the USA and Europe get to enjoy. Polyend's full-sized Tracker is 40% off, for US$359 or less (USA) / €399 (Europe). Plus in other deal news, it's your last chance on some summer sales, if there are some plug-ins you've been eyeing. It's the last days of summer CDM Deals edition, or "back to school", or ... "just leave me alone to play with Tracker for the rest of the year", you pick. The post 40% off Polyend Tracker, and your best last-chance summer sale deals appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Libre Arts

28 Aug '23 17:51 Weekly recap — 28 August 2023 Week highlights: new releases of Kdenlive, LSP plugins, Geonkick, Sigil; great new features in GIMP and Ardour; a new materials system is coming to FreeCAD, some rather depressing news about Olive. GIMP CmykStudent added Adobe Swatch Exchange palette importing, with support for RGB, CMYK, Grayscale, and LAB CIE palette colors. Inkscape Martin Owens has been busy with various things related to text support in CMYK PDF exporting. You can support his work on Patreon. FreeCAD A lot of work has been going into modernizing the C++ code for C++17 compliance lately. This is all done by Werner Mayer...

Ubuntu Studio

28 Aug '23 16:54 Ubuntu 23.10 Testing Week Ubuntu Studio is participating in Ubuntu Testing Week starting today through Friday, September 1st! We will be releasing Ubuntu Studio 23.10 Mantic Minotaur Beta on September 21st, and then the final will release a few weeks after on October 12th. However, we’d like to squash as many bugs as possible, and to do so, we need as much testing as possible. This is a coordinated effort with all flavors of Ubuntu. To see how to get involved, follow this link!

Drobilla

24 Aug '23 03:25 Zix 0.4.0 Zix 0.4.0 has been released. Zix is a lightweight C library of portability wrappers and data structures.

Drobilla

24 Aug '23 00:49 Sphinxygen 1.0.4 Sphinxygen 1.0.4 has been released. Sphinxygen is a Python module/script that generates Sphinx markup to describe a C API, from an XML description extracted by Doxygen. Changes: Handle anonymous structs without the "@" placeholder

Libre Arts

21 Aug '23 09:51 Weekly recap — 21 August 2023 Double-week highlights: new releases of Qucs-S, Bespoke Synth, and VCV Rack, progress with GIMP’s autoexpanding layers and CMYK PDF exporting in Inkscape, exciting changes in Ardour. GIMP The most interesting bit of news is actually from late July: More code in review, by another #GSoC intern, Shubham Daule, doing a really great work so far: ability to grow layers as you paint past their boundaries.I was not planning this in @GIMP_Official 3.0 initially, and it's not merged yet. Yet seeing progress, it might get in! pic.twitter.com/ILTtnjFgtf— @ZeMarmot@fosstodon.org (@zemarmot) July 27, 2023...

Midichlorians in the blood

07 Aug '23 15:16 Summer releases 2023 Barcelona Trees v0.0.5 has been released. This is the third Beta release of this program, that was already mentioned here some time ago. The new features are: Database updated using the 2023_2T datasets from Open Data BCN Added Dutch translation by @Vistaus: Thanks! Window Client Side Decorations on all platforms (except Android) Build system migrated to CMake Git Submodules for android_openssl and libq7zip Migrated to Qt 6.5.2 The last one is interesting, because the Location Maps were removed from Qt 6.0, but they came again in 6.5 so the migration was possible. Another interesting point is...

Libre Arts

07 Aug '23 07:51 Weekly recap — 7 August 2023 Highlights of the last few weeks: new releases of Inkscape, FreeCAD, LSP plugins, MuseScore, first beta of Krita 5.2, CMYK PDFs are coming in Inkscape v1.4, and more. GIMP The patch by mr.fantastic adding support for on-canvas alignment and even distribution has finally been merged to the main development branch. I just reviewed and merged new snapping features in GIMP by mr.fantastic:1. snapping by layer's bounding box ◰ (side and center);2. snapping by equidistance 📏 between 3 layers.To be discovered in the next dev version of @GIMP_Official (2.99.18… or who knows 3.0.0-RC1? 😜) pic.twitter...

KXStudio

04 Aug '23 10:19 Carla 2.5.6 released Hi everyone, a new release for the Carla Plugin Host is here, v2.5.6 which includes some important fixes including a regression when used together with the (yet to be released) v2.6.x discovery tools. Changelog Fix compatibility of plugin discovery with newer 2.6.x tools Fix crash when using JACK under Linux ARM Fix carla-lv2 pre-run with 0 frames Fix carla-vst GUI for high-dpi screens Fix carla-native-plugin library exported symbols Show custom error message when trying to start JACK driver without JACK Skip special treatment for LADISH (do not set session management hints) Downloads To...

MOD Devices

27 Jul '23 23:09 Modeling amps and pedals for the AIDA-X: Best practices Content Overview Content OverviewWhat amp settings should I use?Do I include the boosters/speaker cabinet/cab sim in the chain?Deliberately including speakers in the chainBad practice: two cabinets or no cabinets at allUse a suitable input.wav fileDownload the official input.wav file provided by MOD AudioMatch file size, WAV format and ratesCreating your own input.wav fileTry to match db peaks and aim for a -6db peakDifferent training models; from “very light” to “heavy”What kind of models to deliver? Different qualities? Different gain settings?What does “validation patience limit reached”...

CDM: linux

27 Jul '23 10:44 monome, teletype are free in VCV Rack – and hardware is returning this fall monome - the iconic grid and the project that produced it - are having a nice summer. Hardware is being assembled. And even if you've got zero money, you can give monome tools a try in the free VCV Rack grid, including on-screen grids, the powerfully programmable teletype module, and more. The post monome, teletype are free in VCV Rack – and hardware is returning this fall appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Ubuntu Studio

20 Jul '23 14:03 Ubuntu Studio 22.10 Has Reached End-Of-Life (EOL) As of July 20, 2022, all flavors of Ubuntu 22.10, including Ubuntu Studio 22.10, codenamed “Kinetic Kudu”, have reached end-of-life (EOL). There will be no more updates of any kind, including security updates, for this release of Ubuntu. If you have not already done so, please upgrade to Ubuntu Studio 23.04 via the instructions provided here. No single release of any operating system can be supported indefinitely, and Ubuntu Studio has no exception to this rule. Regular Ubuntu releases, meaning those that are between the Long-Term Support releases, are supported for 9 months and users are...

CDM: linux

18 Jul '23 12:35 cables.gl, free patchable visuals in the browser, gets new features and tutorials It's free. It's patchable / node-based. It's low-code - but you can hack those shaders where you want. It's cables.gl, and it's been getting steady updates and a ton of new tutorials, now in Español alongside the English (and as we learn to speak shader). Perfect for tweaking, understanding graphics, and making your next hit music video. The post cables.gl, free patchable visuals in the browser, gets new features and tutorials appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

17 Jul '23 16:30 TouchOSC controller does iOS, Android, desktop, gamepads – and keeps getting better Same as it ever was: if you want a touch controller, or a mobile controller of your own design, the easy default answer is simple. It's TouchOSC. And today's little bump-update is a good time to talk about it again. The post TouchOSC controller does iOS, Android, desktop, gamepads – and keeps getting better appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

KXStudio

15 Jul '23 20:10 Cardinal 23.07 released Hello yet again everyone, it is time for another Cardinal release. Cardinal is a free and open-source virtual modular synthesizer plugin. It is based on the popular VCV Rack but with a focus on being a fully self-contained plugin version. There are quite a few nice changes this time, from finally allowing global user settings to improved audio plugin hosting. Let's go throught the main changes... Global user settings As per user request Cardinal now defines a user directory for patches, modules settings and other details. This came as a necessity for the updated Ildaeil module, which needs to...

KXStudio

15 Jul '23 14:10 Ildaeil v1.3 released Hello again everyone, a new release of Ildaeil is here. Ildaeil is mini-plugin host working as a plugin, allowing one-to-one plugin format reusage. The idea is to load it as a plugin inside your DAW and then the other "real" plugin inside Ildaeil. This allows, for example, a VST3 host to load LV2 plugins and vice-versa. The main changes this time are automatic binary plugin scanning, exposing plugin presets and simplified standalone. The automatic binary plugin scanning makes Ildaeil able to quickly list and load even more plugins than before. Scanned plugins are cached so the scan only...

Libre Arts

10 Jul '23 10:34 Weekly recap — 10 July 2023 Week highlights: new releases of GIMP, Godot, Armory3D, libjpeg-turbo, fancy new features in Ardour, update on Inkscape v1.3 release status. GIMP 2.99.16 The new version is finally out. This is not the development stage where things get super fancy. The major news is that the GTK3 port is finally done. The rest is mostly quality-of-life improvements, improved file formats support, and suchlike. The next release is likely to be along these lines, except probably less new features (on-canvas alignment and distribution will hopefully be in v2.99.18, unless things go really wrong). Inkscape Martin...

Libre Arts

03 Jul '23 08:51 Weekly recap — 3 July 2023 Been away for family reasons, hence missing the previous updates and being slightly late with this one. Post highlights: new releases of darktable, Blender, BlenderBIM, Flowblade, Ardour. GIMP The team is about to release v2.99.16. It’s been a long time since the last unstable snapshot, so it’s good the release is finally coming. Jehan also published a report about the Wilber Week in Amsterdam, the team’s first offline gathering since 2019. There are two main takeaways for me personally. First of all, release candidates of v3.0 are still possible in 2023. Right now, the team is pushing...

KXStudio

04 Jun '23 15:52 Carla 2.5.5 released Hello again everyone, a new release for the Carla Plugin Host is here, v2.5.5 which brings a couple of fixes to the v2.5 series and internal tweaks for its future integration in OBS. Worth noting that future releases of Cardinal and Ildaeil will depend on this version (or later) for their audio plugin discovery support. Changelog Allow IPC during plugin discovery (controlled by external tools) Expose a few extra APIs in carla-utils library Install extra carla-utils related headers during `make install` Fix invalid/empty LV2 paths for compatibility with lilv Fix LV2 plugin state for plugin...

SFZFormat.com

03 Jun '23 11:43 Bootstrap 5.3.0 with color modes Bootstrap updated to v5.3.0 which supports color modes, which means that if your system uses a dark color theme, it will adapt to your visual preferences on browsers that supports it. Highlight.js will adapt to the chosen theme, so the sfz examples will be shown with it.

CDM: linux

01 Jun '23 20:08 VCV Rack has a new manual for all its free modules – and it’s a great modular tutorial VCV Rack, the free and open-source host, has added a new illustrated manual for all its free modules. (Free docs, free host, free modules - got it?) It's a great intro or refresher -- those pictures illustrate a lot of concepts that can elude even advanced synthesists. That makes this worth a look whether you've got a hardware Eurorack rig or are just getting started in software. The post VCV Rack has a new manual for all its free modules – and it’s a great modular tutorial appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

31 May '23 10:40 RNBO news: JavaScript + Web interactive audiovisuals, RNBO included in Live 11.3 You might have missed it or thought this was about Push, but RNBO is included for all Max for Live users in Live 11.3. And in other RNBO news, folks are already combining sound and visuals on the Web with RNBO and JavaScript. The post RNBO news: JavaScript + Web interactive audiovisuals, RNBO included in Live 11.3 appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Libre Arts

28 May '23 13:51 Weekly recap — 28 May 2023 Once again, a very short recap. Week highlights: Blender Studio announces their next open movie project, Intel Open Image Denoise 2.0 is out with major improvements, Krita and Ardour are getting new features. GIMP When I posted last week that the GIMP team was meeting somewhere in the EU, I had no idea where. And now that I know, wow! Not only Simon Budig went back to contributing, Michael Natterer is back too. There’s also Niels De Graef helping with general stuff like the build system, and Carlos Garnacho (GNOME) sending various patches. Krita Lots of bugfixing this week, but here are some...

Libre Arts

21 May '23 07:51 Weekly recap — 21 May 2023 Week highlights: Blender 3.6 beta is out, MLT gets more 10-bit video support, VGC Illustration gets UI update and new tools, DrMr sampler gets a new life in a fork. GIMP The GIMP team is meeting live this week somewhere in the EU, for the first time since 2019. Yesterday we kicked up @GIMP_Official's Wilber Week, the meeting of GIMP's developers with nice pizzas.Our artist in residence, @AryeomHan, molded a Wilber-shaped pizza dough! What better way to start an event for a creative software?! pic.twitter.com/EAnrkqBadm— @ZeMarmot@fosstodon.org (@zemarmot) May 20, 2023 They’ve been patching...

Libre Arts

14 May '23 15:43 Weekly recap — 14 May 2023 This is a very brief recap. Highlights: further steps towards non-destructive editing in GIMP, new features in Krita, new releases of OpenToonz and PlugData. GIMP Two patches by CmykStudent have been merged to the main development branch: The color picker tool and the Sample Points dock now have a grayscale color picking mode. The FITS plugin now uses the cfitsio library, the next outcome is simplified code and support for compressed FITS files in 8/16/32 bit and float/double precision. More importantly, CmykStudent shared the first results of his GSoC project where he is adding initial non...

Ubuntu Studio

10 May '23 19:59 We Need Your Help It’s not very often that we come to you, our users, asking for financial donations, yet here we are. We have fallen on some rough times here at the Ubuntu Studio project. First of all, donations have dropped considerably. We understand the world financial climate has not been easy for any of us, and it has become harder for all of us to live. However, we do believe that if we all work together, we can help each other out. Ubuntu Studio is given entirely free. Those that create it aren’t paid to do so; it is a completely volunteer project. It’s not perfect, but we do try to make it the easiest...

CDM: linux

08 May '23 16:23 Get an ultra-realistic modeled cymbal plug-in for free: CHAIR EXC!TE CYMBAL Chair Audio quietly launched a new plug-in, and it's both free and wonderful. EXC!TE CYMBAL is, no exaggeration, realistic enough that you'll do a double-take knowing this is a physical model and not in any way sampled. The post Get an ultra-realistic modeled cymbal plug-in for free: CHAIR EXC!TE CYMBAL appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

MOD Devices

08 May '23 12:33 Neural Modeling What’s Neural Modeling? Neural modeling in the context of guitar equipment refers to the use of artificial neural networks to create digital versions of analog amplifiers and effect pedals. By training a neural network on the responses of various amplifier circuits and effect pedal designs to different input signals, it is possible to create a model that accurately simulates the behavior of the original hardware. This technique can be applied to a wide range of guitar amplifiers and effect pedals, including distortion pedals, overdrive pedals, and fuzz pedals, among others. The resulting...

Libre Arts

07 May '23 07:51 Weekly recap — 7 May 2023 Week highlights: Google Summer of Code 2023 project announced, new releases of DreamWorks MoonRay, BlenderBIM, dav1d, new features in FreeCAD and Ardour. GSoC 2023 projects Google announced Summer of Code 2023 projects this week. Just to name a few of them: non-destructive editing, text tool improvements, and automatic layer expansion in GIMP; updated look of canvas controls and the first shot at GTK4 port in Inkscape; nodes preview in the shader editor in Blender; enhanced BrickSchema support in IfcOpenShell and BlenderBIM; full revamp of doing measurements with FreeCAD; closing credits...

Libre Arts

06 May '23 09:51 GSoC 2023 projects have been announced Google Summer of Code 2023 projects have just been announced, so I thought I’d do a quick overview of what’s coming. This year, some things are totally expected, but there are also some very nice surprises. Let’s get on with this. GIMP Last year’s GSoC champion CmykStudent will be working on an initial implementation of non-destructive editing. This will be a three-part project: Research into workflows Basic implementation that would allow attaching a GEGL operation to bitmap and text layers PSD plugin update to add the importing of layers styles and adjustment layers In a nutshell, you should...

Libre Arts

30 Apr '23 07:51 Weekly recap — 30 April 2023 Week highlights: new releases of Kdenlive, Ardour, Audacity, Brickworks, Dragonfly Reverb, new features in GIMP, Krita, FreeCAD, Mayo. GIMP GIMP is still getting small improvements despite the shift of the focus towards stabilizing for v3.0. Two new features this week: Middle Gray option for automatic filling of new layer, uses CIELAB’s 50% lightness (18.42% luminance) Photoshop-specific data like clipping paths and guides can now be loaded when opening JPEG and TIFF files After a lot of help and review from @jacobboerema, the next version of GIMP will import PSD metadata from JPEGs and TIFF...

Ubuntu Studio

28 Apr '23 16:18 Ubuntu Studio 20.04 LTS has reached End-Of-Life Ubuntu Studio 20.04 LTS reached the end of its three years of supported life provided by the Ubuntu Studio team. All users are urged to upgrade to 22.04 LTS at this time. This means that the Xfce, audio, video, graphics, photography, and publishing components of your system will no longer receive updates, plus we at Ubuntu Studio will no longer support it after today, 28-April-2023, though your base packages from Ubuntu will continue to receive security updates from Ubuntu until 2025 since Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Cloud and Ubuntu Core continue to receive updates. Please note that...

KXStudio

25 Apr '23 13:21 Introducing AIDA-X Hello everyone, I would like to introduce a new audio plugin - AIDA-X. AIDA-X is an Amp Model Player, it loads models of AI trained music gear which you can then play in real-time. Its main intended use is to provide high fidelity simulations of amplifiers. However, it is also possible to run entire signal chains consisting of any combination of amp, cab, dist, drive, fuzz, boost and eq. See https://github.com/AidaDSP/AIDA-X for more details on the project, including documentation and downloads. Behind the scenes AIDA-X uses RTNeural, which does the heavy lifting for model processing. Similar...

Libre Arts

25 Apr '23 07:51 Audacity 3.3.0 released The release notes for Audacity 3.3.0 say it’s “focused on under-the-hood changes”. It’s true, but there are some very useful and long-anticipated new features too. Number one feature, in my opinion, is the newly added musical time ruler. Instead of minutes and seconds you get bars and beats (the toggle is in the right-click menu for the time ruler): So now if you record music to Audacity and make quick mixes, things get vastly better. They get even better than that when you enable the newly added Tempo Time Signature toolbar and enable snapping to beats (the Snap toggle now has its own toolbar...

Libre Arts

23 Apr '23 07:51 Weekly recap — 23 April 2023 Week highlights: new releases of BeeRef’s fork, Armory3D, and topologicpy, new features in GIMP and FreeCAD, Inkscape is looking for an experienced GTK4 developer. GIMP We shouldn’t be expecting lots of new features at this stage of development, but CmykStudent squeezed a few things in anyway. GIMP now loads indexed ILBM, Amiga PBM, and ACBM images. Inkscape Not much going on in terms of new features as the dev cycle is wrapping up for v1.3 release. The big news is that the team is now looking for a full-time developer to boost GTK4 migration. The project is expected to last 16 weeks. BeeRef...

Ubuntu Studio

20 Apr '23 16:39 Ubuntu Studio 23.04 Released The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu Studio 23.04, code-named “Lunar Lobster”. This marks Ubuntu Studio’s 33rd release. This release is a regular release and as such, it is supported for 9 months (until January 2024). Since it’s just out, you may experience some issues, so you might want to wait a bit before upgrading. Please see the release notes for a complete list of changes and known issues. You can download Ubuntu Studio 23.04 from our download page. Upgrading Instructions for upgrading are included in the release notes. New This Release Plasma Desktop 5.27...

Libre Arts

16 Apr '23 07:51 Weekly recap — 16 April 2023 Week highlights: new versions of Curtail, Pitivi, and Zrythm, new features in GIMP, UX/UI updates in FreeCAD, updates of Krita and Blender add-ons. GIMP The Search Actions dialog now shows menu paths and is able to locate GEGL operations that haven’t been registered in the menu. The next version of @GIMP_Official will be able to show menu path for commands you search for so that you know where they are and don't need to search the next time pic.twitter.com/NTruwENUQO— Libre Arts (@lgworld) April 13, 2023 Moreover, generated GEGL operations are now automatically listed in a new Filters >...

SFZTtools

15 Apr '23 00:06 sfizz Release 1.2.1 release Mac OS Installer (#93 #1087) Updated bundled dependencies and added more options to use those preinstalled in system (#1104 #1117 #1143 #1145 #1149) CI: Various updates and fixes for GitHub Actions; removed Travis and Appveyor Add LFO frequency as an EG target (#1103) New image_controls opcode to add a background image on UI’ Controls tab (#1156) Disabled temporarily the embedded sample test Parse 0-valued note ons as note offs (#1072 #1073) Correct a bug with dynamic updates on offed EGs (#2 #1088) jack: Wait for CLI thread to finish on quit (#1097) Fix libsndfile build and add CI (#1112...

Ubuntu Studio

13 Apr '23 15:07 Ubuntu Studio 20.04 LTS reaching End-Of-Life on April 28th 2023 In a few short weeks, Ubuntu Studio 20.04 LTS will reach the end of its three years of supported life provided by the Ubuntu Studio team. All users are urged to upgrade to 22.04 LTS at this time. This means that the Xfce, audio, video, graphics, photography, and publishing components of your system will no longer receive updates, plus we at Ubuntu Studio won’t support it after 28-April-2023, though your base packages from Ubuntu will continue to receive security updates from Ubuntu until 2025 since Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Cloud and Ubuntu Core continue to receive updates...

MOD Devices

12 Apr '23 10:50 Guide: Capturing a Guitar Amplifier This post is an extension of the Neural Modeling Guide. For more info on the whole process, please visit the general guide page. Capturing the sound of a guitar amplifier is crucial for creating an AI model that simulates its effect accurately. In this post, we will discuss the process of capturing the sound of a guitar amplifier for generating both single amp head and combo models. We will share examples of captures of two classic amps, wiring diagrams, pictures, and an input.wav file with various input signals for training the AI model. The end result: Capturing the output of the amplifier...

MOD Devices

11 Apr '23 12:31 Guide: AIDA-X Training with Colab Welcome to the AIDA-X model training guide. Here’s what you need to know and do to create custom models for the AIDA-X plugin. We aim to create an AI model that can simulate the effect of a guitar amplifier or pedal using neural networks. The creation of models for AIDA-X consists of three steps: 1. Data CaptureCapture the sound of the amp or pedal you want to clone. 2. Train the modelUsing our colab notebook, train an AI model according to your quality specs. 3. Export your model fileLoad your file in any version of the AIDA-X player. Share it with other users. 1. Data Capture To train an AI...

Libre Arts

09 Apr '23 07:51 Weekly recap — 9 April 2023 This is a shorter-than-usual recap. Week highlights: OpenShot 3.1.0 released, GIMP and Krita get new features, Jabier Arraiza is leaving Inkscape. GIMP Several nice little patches are making their way to future GIMP 3.0. Now when you try to shut down the system while the program is still running, it will warn you about losing unsaved changes, successfully tested on Linux so far: New in @GIMP_Official development version (future 3.0): the program will now inhibit logout/power-off on systems which support it (usually it displays a warning allowing you to confirm the shutdown anyway or not) when...

Libre Arts

02 Apr '23 09:51 Weekly recap — 2 April 2023 Week highlights: new releases of Blender, QCAD, Qtractor, first pre-release of Inkscape 1.3, new features in GIMP, FreeCAD, Ardour. GIMP CmykStudent added initial support for the QOI file format that is intended to be a replacement for PNG with lossless compression and faster encoding. There was an earlier plugin for GIMP 2.10 by Piotr Fusik, that served as an inspiration. There was a request for QOI (Quite OK Image) format support. It turned out to be *really* easy to implement with the qoi.h library, so I put together a plug-in for 2.99 that can load and export this format. I'll test it more...

Ubuntu Studio

31 Mar '23 12:23 Ubuntu Studio 23.04 Beta Released The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the beta release of Ubuntu Studio 23.10, codenamed “Lunar Lobster”. While this beta is reasonably free of any showstopper installer bugs, you may find some bugs within. This image is, however, mostly representative of what you will find when Ubuntu Studio 23.04 is released on April 20, 2023. Special notes: The Ubuntu Studio 22.10 disk image (ISO) exceeds 4 GB and cannot be downloaded to some file systems such as FAT32, and may not be readable when burned to a DVD. For this reason, we recommend downloading to a compatible file system. When creating...

Libre Arts

26 Mar '23 15:51 Weekly recap — 26 March 2023 Week highlights: new releases of topologicpy and LSP plugins, new features and improvements in GIMP, Inkscape, FreeCAD, Olive, automatic generation of subtitles from audio is coming to Kdenlive. GIMP There’s some minor porting of various file support plugins to GimpProcedureDialog API going on. Other than that, no major changes. A very nice first patch proposed by Stephan Lenor improves the performance of matrix calculations. This is a little too technical, but operations with matrices are fairly common in imaging software, so this affects a lot of GIMP features. A very easy example would be...

Libre Arts

19 Mar '23 16:51 Weekly recap — 19 March 2023 Week highlights: DreamWorks Animation releases source code of MoonRay renderer, new beta and final releases of Siril, HDRView, MFEKglif, QGIS, major changes coming to FreeCAD. GIMP CmykStudent is proposing to start working on real non-destructive editing in GIMP this summer within the GSoC program. Here is their proposal. All projects ideas for GSoC and generally for internships are here. Meanwhile, mr.fantastic continues hacking on the on-canvas alignment feature when moving layers. It crashes when locking to an equidistant position (backtrace already provided to developer), but yes, the on...

CDM: linux

15 Mar '23 11:22 Audio Damage Replicant plug-in rebuilt in v3, looks great, does way more than stutter Replicant 3 might be the most unique of Audio Damage's entire stable of plug-ins. The new version is rebuilt from the ground up, comes packed with new slice effects, and yet has a more capable, cleaner UI. It might just be the kind of software update that re-launches IDM as a genre. The post Audio Damage Replicant plug-in rebuilt in v3, looks great, does way more than stutter appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

14 Mar '23 11:06 RP-8 is a “demake” of the ReBirth RB-338 for the PICO-8 fantasy console ReBirth, the software recreations of the TB-303 and TR-808, helped launch Propellerhead (now Reason Studios) and demonstrated acid could be made on a PC. Now, imagine that software in 2023 but - much lower fidelity. Like, much worse. 128x128 pixel UI worse. The post RP-8 is a “demake” of the ReBirth RB-338 for the PICO-8 fantasy console appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

KXStudio

13 Mar '23 21:21 Carla 2.5.4 released Hello again everyone, a new Carla release is here, v2.5.4 which brings a couple of fixes to the v2.5 series. Carla is an audio plugin host, with support for many audio drivers and plugin formats. It has some nice features like automation of parameters via MIDI CC (and send output back as MIDI too) and full OSC control. Changelog Fix crash/regression when using LV2 plugins without worker extension Fix compat with PyQt >= PyQt 5.15.8 Fix macOS build Simplify JACK event handling, now using a single queue on the main thread Downloads To download Carla binaries or source code, jump on over to the...

Libre Arts

12 Mar '23 20:51 Weekly recap — 12 March 2023 Week highlights: new features in GIMP and HDRview, new releases of Armory 3D, Blender BIM, VCV Rack, and plugdata. GIMP CmykStudent added a checkbox that temporarily disables the floating on-canvas toolbar for the Text tool. The patch is currently sitting in the Merge Requests queue. An even more interesting patch is coming from a new contributor, mr.fantastic. How would you feel about GIMP being able to snap borders of layers to borders of other layers? Or equidistant distribution? That’s exactly what’s in the pipeline right now. There’s no snapping visualization yet, but the snapping and...

fundimental

12 Mar '23 05:00 System Profiling with Perfetto Programs aren’t perfect and that doesn’t mean just bugs. Quite often a program will accomplish it’s goal, but not as quickly as both developers and users would like. Solving performance problems can be complicated, but it often starts at identifying why a program is slow via profiling. Profiling informs what a codebase is doing, how the work is being done, in what order code is being executed, and quite often highlights the hotspots where a few lines of code account for most of the time. Programmers have a wide variety of tools for profiling nowadays, though like most tools they do have trade...

CDM: linux

07 Mar '23 14:06 Free tool dumps KORG minilogue xd patches into images – plus patch sheets for volca modular Korg sound design fans, you'll want this: a user has made a free tool that automatically generates images from program presets. (Sounds like a great idea for other synths, too - and we get into other geeky scripts here, as well.) And now is a good time to revisit free patch sheets for volca modular, though for that you'll need drawing software ... or a pen. The post Free tool dumps KORG minilogue xd patches into images – plus patch sheets for volca modular appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Libre Arts

05 Mar '23 20:51 Weekly recap — 5 March 2023 Still settling in, shorter recap again. Week highlights: new releases of GIMP and Godot, new features in Krita and Inkscape. GIMP 2.10.34 The GIMP team released another update in the stable series, mostly with bugfixes and some minor new features backported from the 2.99 series. Notable changes: TIFF support improvements Exporting of paths to PSD now possible Exporting to JPEG XL now possible, metadata now imported Transparency now handled on importing and exporting to PDF The Set Image Canvas Size dialog now has a template selector Fixes in the desktop color picker Meanwhile CmykStudent...

KXStudio

28 Feb '23 13:55 Cardinal 23.02 released Hello again everyone, it is time for another Cardinal release. Cardinal is a free and open-source virtual modular synthesizer plugin. It is based on the popular VCV Rack but with a focus on being a fully self-contained plugin version. The main change for this release is the introduction of a "Mini" variant. This is a special variant with a very small, hand-picked module selection and limited IO (2 audio ports plus 5 CV). There are 2 main reasons for this variant to exist: make it easier for users new to the modular world to get a working setup, by only having some of the best possible modules...

Drobilla

27 Feb '23 21:09 Sphinxygen 1.0.2 Sphinxygen 1.0.2 has been released. Sphinxygen is a Python module/script that generates Sphinx markup to describe a C API, from an XML description extracted by Doxygen. Changes: Add command line flags to print version Fix links to documentation groups

Libre Arts

26 Feb '23 16:51 Weekly recap — 26 February 2023 Week highlights: new release of darktable and Zrythm, new WIP features in Krita, new AVL drumkit, Blender changes release schedule with the 4.x. series. Less software news, more artworks this time. GIMP Not much going on in the main development branch, but CmykStudent is as active as ever in Git branches and the merge requests section. They rewrote old GIMP’s code to import ACO palette files to use babl. As the result, GIMP can now handle ACO file where colors are defined in CIE LAB. There’s also further progress with importing SwatchBooker files. Krita Agata Cacko and Amy Spark fixed a bunch...

Libre Arts

19 Feb '23 20:04 Weekly recap — 19 February 2023 I’m traveling this week, so this is a very short recap. Week highlights: major changes in Krita, new releases of KiCad, Glaxnimate, CAD Sketcher for Blender, Ardour, and Yoshimi. GIMP The user-invisible port of GIMP to GAction continues. The vast majority of changes is in a branch right now. CmykStudent created an importer for SwatchBooker’s files that support flat color palettes, gradients, and patterns. I've got working code to import SwatchBooker palettes in GIMP (thanks @NielsDeGraef for the GMarkupParser help)!Now I need more .sbz files to test - all I have is ones with CIE Lab colors. If...

Drobilla

14 Feb '23 04:38 In Search of the Ultimate Compile-Time Configuration System One of the many programming side quests I embark on from time to time is finding the best way to do compile-time configuration in C and C++ code. This is one of those characteristically C things that most projects need to do, but that has no well-established best practice. What you can find is all over the place, and often pretty half-baked just to suit the particularities of the "official" build. Let's try to come up with something better. Ideal requirements: Ability to enable or disable any features from the command line by defining symbols, including the ability to override or completely...

Libre Arts

12 Feb '23 12:51 Weekly recap — 12 February 2023 Week highlights: new version of CadQuery, new features in Krita, Inkscape, Kdenlive, Olive. Krita For Krita, the merge requests section is probably a little more interesting than what’s going on in the main development branch right now. There’s a node editor for vector layers proposed, as well as various UX/UI improvements and minor features for the bundle and resource manager. All that coming to version 5.2 later on. Inkscape The most important change this week is the major update of PDF importing by Martin Owens. Not only he redesigned the dialog and added displaying the list of fonts: He...

Libre Arts

05 Feb '23 17:51 Weekly recap — 5 February 2023 Week highlights: new features in GIMP, Inkscape, Penpot, and Ardour, Mayo review, Paul Davis in the Bezos movie, and more. GIMP Not much coding activity this week, but CmykStudent added importing/exporting support for the PAM file format and ported the IFS Fractal plugin to GAction. Meanwhile, Jehan wrote and published a 2022 recap for the project. The most important part? I am currently planning GIMP 3.0.0 release in 2023, or at least our first release candidates. OurPaint Our Paint is a new digital painting program built with a custom toolkit. I haven’t investigated it much yet, but it...

CDM: linux

03 Feb '23 18:59 Inflation, begone: SunVox is still donationware, and 2.1 makes it slicker and more powerful The runs-on-any-OS modular music studio got a major 2.1 update this week, with better high-res graphics, a new keyboard, and more. It's a synth. It's a tracker. It runs on Raspberry Pi so you can make your own mobile music hardware. It's stupidly good - and those keys make it easy to jam with on the go. SunVox is a bright music maker even in hard times. The post Inflation, begone: SunVox is still donationware, and 2.1 makes it slicker and more powerful appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

02 Feb '23 15:23 Learn modular MetaSounds in Unreal, free, and start thinking in procedural sound It was once the stuff of dreams -- a patchable, modular environment for sound, synthesis, music, and procedural generative audio. Now it's free (MetaSounds) in a free game engine (Unreal Engine). You just have to learn to use it - which is why this free comprehensive tutorial series by our friend Matt Spendlove is a must. The post Learn modular MetaSounds in Unreal, free, and start thinking in procedural sound appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Libre Arts

31 Jan '23 08:15 Introducing Mayo So you have a 3D design file and you only need to view it, you don’t like the idea of launching an entire 3D CAD program like FreeCAD, and you are on Linux. What do you do? I’m giving you Mayo, an open-source viewer by Hugues Delorme, based on the OpenCASCADE kernel. You can inspect a 3D or a 2D design, explore its hierarchy, make plane sections, measure distances and surfaces, and export it to another file format. Let’s take a look at what’s available here. As is usual in these cases, the article below is an edited transcript of the video. Importing/Exporting Mayo reads common exchange and...

Libre Arts

29 Jan '23 13:25 Weekly recap — 29 January 2023 Week highlights: Pixar makes a new USD release, Autodesk releases Open RV and DNEG releases xSTUDIO, FreeCAD contributor starts an open-core company. GIMP Jehan and CmykStudent recently started porting plugins from GtkAction to GAction, which is the last major milestone blocking the release of v3.0. Turns out, this is not as straightforward as they might hope it would be, over to Jehan: This […] gave me a good overview of the various missing features in GAction (compared to GtkAction) and how we’ll have to implement this in GIMP core. I now have a very clear path of what remains to be done. On...

CDM: linux

27 Jan '23 16:34 Surge XT hybrid synth is now a free set of modules for VCV Rack Free meets free: in a labor-of-love community project, soft synth Surge XT is now available as an exquisitely designed set of modules for VCV Rack. It combines two of the best open-source projects for software synthesis lovers, bringing new ways of patching to both. And that means all this power is on macOS, Windows, and Linux, all three. The post Surge XT hybrid synth is now a free set of modules for VCV Rack appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

23 Jan '23 21:48 Tuning into Arabic music: electronic-vocal duo Rust and Hany Manja (with Bitwig Studio download) Making instruments work in tune with musicians and singers means making them work with more than 12-tone equal temperament alone. So it's great to see this profile of Hany Manja and his duo Rust with Petra Hawi. Plus Bitwig Studio users can get your hands (and ears) into the action - with a Micropitch download. The post Tuning into Arabic music: electronic-vocal duo Rust and Hany Manja (with Bitwig Studio download) appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Drobilla

23 Jan '23 04:46 C++ Bindings For some C libraries, I'd like to include "official" C++ bindings to make life easier for people using them from C++ (which in the audio world, is most). However, that's not something I know a good pattern for, in terms of project organization, installation, versioning, and so on. Figuring one out is a trickier problem than it may seem at first. In the - in this case literally - "C and C++" world, there is a notorious lack of consistent conventions and best practices in some areas, and this seems to be one of them. So, I suppose I will have to suss out the "best" (and least weird) way myself...

Libre Arts

22 Jan '23 19:59 Weekly recap — 22 January 2022 There have been many interesting updates in the last 3 weeks, I’ve picked the ones I can realistically handle. Highlights: OBS Studio 29, Pinta 2.1, HDRView 1.7.1, Synfig 1.4.4, Ossia Score 3.1.6, and more. Creative Freedom Summit Videos from Creative Freedom Summit 2023 are now available on PeerTube. It was a three days long online conference on January 17-19, mostly centered around visual design, 3D, and a tiny bit of video editing, featuring members of Fedora Design team, Inkscape contributors, David Revoy, Pat David, and others. A very impressive lineup! There will be a retrospective of...

Autostatic

17 Jan '23 17:01 DKIM Woes You think you have it all configured right, all common DKIM checks on the interwebs agree with you but still you receive replies prepended with [DKIM ERROR]. You dig and dig, find out that apparently only one major mail server vendor gives back those errors, but no real answer or solution. Picked up the gauntlet (after having smelled the glove) and tried a mail to the mail admins with zero expectations of getting an answer back. But no, got a reply within a day! And guess what. No it’s not my DKIM configuration. It’s my private key. It’s too secure. No, for real. This major vendor errors out...

KXStudio

16 Jan '23 16:06 Carla 2.5.3 released Hello everyone, it is release day again, sorta.. This time we have a single update for Carla. Carla is an audio plugin host, with support for many audio drivers and plugin formats. It has some nice features like automation of parameters via MIDI CC (and send output back as MIDI too) and full OSC control. Same as last time for v2.5.2, this update backports fixes from the main development branch into the stable 2.5 series. The more substantial stuff will come for 2.6.0, still a few months away. Changelog Always set time frame information for JUCE hosted plugins Fix canvaspreview out-of-bounds...

Libre Arts

15 Jan '23 07:51 2023 in preview When I started interviewing FOSS developers some 18 years ago, 7 out the 18 projects covered in this recap did not even exist, 1 was still distributed as proprietary software only, and most of the other projects were so far from their proprietary counterparts that it took a really boneheaded person to stick around in the hope to watch them flourish. It is 2023 now. The struggle to keep feature and UX parity with proprietary counterparts is far from over for free/libre software projects. But the boneheaded people among us also have something to celebrate. We are witnessing that moment in time...

CDM: linux

03 Jan '23 16:48 NVIDIA’s 3D vision is collaboration, jam sessions, remixes, AI-generated materials There's a new way for AI and 3D. Instead of just feeding us a more automated version of what we now have, it starts to make immersive graphics production more like music production - complete with live jamming with others. NVIDIA's offerings still lean heavily toward specialized use, but it's fascinating to watch that playful thread woven into their announcements. The post NVIDIA’s 3D vision is collaboration, jam sessions, remixes, AI-generated materials appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Timj's Testbit

28 Dec '22 18:46 ZCAM-js - A ZCAM implementation in JavaScript Earlier this year I had to investigate perception of colour attributes for some of my projects. There exists a long history of colour models that try to approximate perception, each with its own shortcomings and complexities. For a decent modern colour space suitable for image processing and with…

Libre Arts

25 Dec '22 11:59 Weekly recap — 25 December 2022 The next weekly recap will be out in January. But for now, here are this week’s highlights: new releases of darktable, Hugin, LSP Plugins. darktable 4.2 The new version of this digital photography workflow application delivers several major changes: New “sigmoid” module that performs scene-to-display tonemapping and can be used as a substitute for “filmic” with less controls Two new highlights reconstruction methods, “inpaint opposed” and “segmentation based” Support for vendor metadata in raw files in the “lens correction” module to fix geometry distortion and vignetting Completely revamped...

Libre Arts

22 Dec '22 15:51 darktable 4.2 The latest release of darktable has several really good changes, here is a quick video overview with its text/pictures version below. Sigmoid module The new module called “sigmoid” does a very sensible scene-to-display tonemapping. There’s nothing it does that you can’t do with filmic, but if you feel like filmic is way over your head, you might want trying sigmoid. Good results, less controls to deal with. However, while the general idea of making good results easier achievable is great, you are essentially getting another way of doing the same. Which has become a bit of a user experience...

KXStudio

20 Dec '22 20:32 Cardinal 22.12 released Greetings everyone, we have yet another release of Cardinal, this with some great module additions. Cardinal is a free and open-source virtual modular synthesizer plugin. It is based on the popular VCV Rack but with a focus on being a fully self-contained plugin version. The main changes for this release are new modules (Sapphire, Stoermelder Pack-one and Surge-XT) and web-assembly related fixes. Highly requested and specially interesting for users are the brand new Surge-XT modules, see Omri Cohen's video for a cool overview of what they can do. As usual there are a few module updates too...

KXStudio

20 Dec '22 20:32 Cardinal 22.12 released Greetings everyone, we have yet another release of Cardinal, this with some great module additions. Cardinal is a free and open-source virtual modular synthesizer plugin. It is based on the popular VCV Rack but with a focus on being a fully self-contained plugin version. The main changes for this release are new modules (Sapphire, Stoermelder Pack-one and Surge-XT) and web-assembly related fixes. Highly requested and specially interesting for users are the brand new Surge-XT modules, see Omri Cohen's video for a cool overview of what they can do. As usual there are a few module updates too...

Libre Arts

20 Dec '22 12:51 Hugin 2022 New annual release of Hugin, free/libre panorama maker, has arrived with UX improvements. It’s been a long time since Hugin has seen active development. However, the few people still working on this project do make regular releases with useful changes. This release (see the official notes here) mostly got contributions from Thomas Modes, JohnsWork, and Bruno Postle. The most user-visible changes in this release are split buttons in the Assistant mode. They provides a kind of presets to simplify accomplishing particular tasks. Now when you load images, it will only ask you for information if it...

fundimental

20 Dec '22 05:00 SVN-Externs Considered Harmful SVN externs are terrible and you shouldn’t use them. Also don’t use SVN if you’re able to avoid it, but that’s likely already done in modern organizations. What is SVN? Before digging into the meat of why svn externs are terrible, let’s start off with what SVN (Subversion) is; SVN is a system used to store source code and assets for software projects. The main repository is stored on a remote server and is represented as a collection of files and folders. You as a SVN user can check out any subfolder or file within a repository. In the case of an organization wanting multiple concurrent...

CDM: linux

19 Dec '22 18:53 IRCAM ASAP plug-in suite transforms and remixes sounds; part of it is free Some of that brain-bending research from Paris' famed IRCAM is coming your way in plug-in form - even (partly) for free. It's a spectral remixing, sound morphing, audio shaping powerhouse that landed from some advanced alien civilization, but it's usable by humans, whether we're ready for this power or not. The post IRCAM ASAP plug-in suite transforms and remixes sounds; part of it is free appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Libre Arts

18 Dec '22 20:05 Weekly recap — 18 December 2022 This has been a really busy week for everybody. Highlights: new releases of Krita, LibreCAD, Kdenlive, MuseScore, Ardour, Rosegarden, and more. GIMP and JPEG-XL The importing and exporting of 8/16-bit per channel CMYK/A JPEG-XL files has finally landed to the main development branch of GIMP. But there’s more goodness coming from Cmyk.Student: Adding a new procedure to the PSD plug-in to let other image formats use it to load Photoshop metadata. I've verified JPEGs load PSD paths correctly. Once I've tested it with TIFFs I'll submit for developer review. pic.twitter.com/oN7FjTV5BB— CMYK Student...

Libre Arts

11 Dec '22 15:43 Weekly-ish recap — 11 December 2022 Earlier this week, I did a quick poll to ask readers what time of week is the most convenient one for them to read these recaps. The majority said “whenever”, with “weekend” taking the second place. Weekend it is then. Highlights of the week: new releases of Blender, Inkscape, OpenShot, news from GIMP and Ardour. GIMP and CMYK JPEG XL The GSoC 2022 student we know as Cmyk.Student recently started working on adding CMYK JPEG XL importing and exporting support in GIMP: Now working on CMYK JPEG XL export as well! In theory it's largely the reverse (extracting key/alpha value from image and making...

Drobilla

08 Dec '22 20:36 Sphinxygen 1.0.0 Sphinxygen 1.0.0 has been released. Sphinxygen is a Python module/script that generates Sphinx markup to describe a C API, from an XML description extracted by Doxygen.

Libre Arts

07 Dec '22 08:43 Weekly-ish recap — 7 December 2022 Week highlights: new releases of RawTherapee, Zrythm, VCV Rack, Cardinal, a release candidate of MuseScore 4.0, and more. Krita updates Most recently, a lot of activity in the project has been revolving around two tracks: The team is porting Krita to Qt 5.15. That’s now as straightforward as one might assume. For instance, Krita carries around a huge patchset for Qt. Brush engines are being ported to Lager, “a C++ library to assist value-oriented design by implementing the unidirectional data-flow architecture”. Lager makes it easier for the project to separate the UI from the backend and...

CDM: linux

06 Dec '22 17:30 Bitwig explains Harmonic Split, Transient Split Now that Bitwig has heard users and made Harmonic and Transient Split part of Studio 4.4, it's worth a second look at how to use them. And these approaches to sound are frankly interesting to apply in other contexts, too, so I'm curious to experiment even outside Bitwig Studio. Let's watch. The post Bitwig explains Harmonic Split, Transient Split appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

CDM: linux

02 Dec '22 12:22 Roger Linn shares hidden settings and more gems from the LinnStrument None other than legendary Roger Linn is here, regularly unearthing powerful expressive techniques on his Linnstrument. And there's more - he even talks to users monthly via Zoom. The post Roger Linn shares hidden settings and more gems from the LinnStrument appeared first on CDM Create Digital Music.

Drobilla

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

Libre Arts

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

KXStudio

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

Libre Arts

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

CDM: linux

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

Ubuntu Studio

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

Libre Arts

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