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Linux Audio Editing ~ Ardour and Audacity

Ardour on elementary OS

Audacity running on Arch/ Gnome 3

So… as you may know (or not) I’m a lead singer in a metal band, and I’m also in charge of recording and editing our rehearsals every week.

I usually use Audacity but yesterday I got mad at it – I was trying to record my voice on top of an instrumental of one of our songs but each time Audacity would tell me the time wasn’t synched due to latency (something along those lines) and wouldn’t let me do it. When I got a way around it, don’t really know how, it’d only record like… 1~2 seconds of my voice and then it’d stop automatically and wouldn’t keep going x.x

So I decided to look for alternatives and found the beautiful Ardour. I just can’t get it to start on Arch (probably due to JACK and not really ardour – still trying to figure this whole thing out) so I tested it on elementary OS.

I haven’t really tried it out yet so I don’t know its full potencial but I must say it feels kind of incomplete compared to Audacity as far as editing goes (but it could just be because I haven’t found everything and haven’t really worked with the tools).

A down side for Ardour it’s also its incapacity to import and/or export mp3 files. That’s a big down for me but I figure I can easily solve it with Audacity.

All in all they complete each other and I think I’m going to work with them both – Ardour for recording and synching tracks and Audacity for editing and exporting mp3 files.

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Current Openbox and future plans~

So this is what my Arch/ Openbox combo looks like currently

Nothing special here, just installed Faenza icons, changed the color on my tint2 bar and changed wallpaper…

Anyways, on another note – my future plans…

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elementary OS Jupiter :)

elementary OS Jupiter

I swear I haven’t forgotten you guys I just didn’t really change anything during vacations…

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Linux Mint ~ Light and Easy

Linux Mint 11 on my desktop at home

Yeah I know, I’ve got like a hundred Linux distros in each of my computers, but what can I do, I’m just looking for the right one…

Anyways, I’m here to talk a bit about Linux Mint – while I haven’t had the chance to really try it out yet, I can say it’s pretty good really. Feels lighter than Ubuntu while still with everything configured (well it IS based on Ubuntu afterall).

It’s pretty good actually, don’t remember why I never brought it up here… :s

Other than being awesome, it’s got something which I really like and that I haven’t seen on any other distro – instead of a forum for people to ask stuff, it’s got an irc client in which the default room is linux mint’s so that anyone can ask something and have an answer shortly after :)

I remember saying that Kubuntu would probably be the best choice for newcomers, but for those who don’t have 2GB Ram, Linux Mint is a pretty good option – the bar is at the bottom as well, I just moved it up on my Desktop to be more… Linux-like :’)

Well, I’ll write more once I’ve used Linux Mint after a few days/ weeks ^^


Ubuntu 11.04 on Dad’s Laptop

Ubuntu 11.04 with my wallpaper ^^

So, while I haven’t convinced my dad to leave Windows yet, I’ve managed to install Ubuntu 11.04 on his laptop which leaves me really happy x)

The wallpaper was made by me and it’s my submission for Ubuntu 11.10 wallpaper contest.

If you’re not a Linux user and you’re wondering what is Ubuntu – it’s just the most popular Linux distribution out there nowadays. And it’s easy to know why – it’s got everything you need configured and ready to function. I don’t even remember the last time I had to use the terminal in Ubuntu.

For those who are trying to get rid of Windows, I’d recommend Ubuntu, definitely. Or even Kubuntu which is Ubuntu but with a different look – really pretty and a bit more Windows-like due to all the widgets and the bar at the bottom. The only catch is that either you have at least 2GB RAM or you’re gonna feel how heavy that thing is on your computer and you won’t want to try Linux ever again (which is something I want to avoid you doing).

More about Ubuntu thenĀ  – there’s a new release every six months and it’s like so: 11.04, for example, it’s the release for 2011 and it’s April’s release… 11.10 would be a release later in that same year, but in October – it’s actually easy to understand. Each release brings new updates and can even bring a different, prettier look (or different managing of stuff like it happened from Ubuntu 10.10 to Ubuntu 11.04, with the introduction of Unity). You don’t have to format your computer or anything – on the update manager, when there’s a new release, it’s going to ask you to install it – it feels just like another update, but of course, with a bunch of more new stuff.

Then, from two to two years, there are the LTS releases – it’s basically a release like any other except it’s a lot more stable and the support lasts for more years.

You have an Ubuntu Software Center where you can go download the programs you need for free, or even pay for some (mostly it’s just games you’d also buy in Windows, like World of Goo for example) if you want to – it’s a bit like Apple’s App Store really.

There’s also a thing called Ubuntu One which gives 5GB of free space to keep stuff online, much like Dropbox.

I don’t remember anything else at the moment, so cya ;)