|Before continuing with the different free multimedia creation tools, I think it is necessary to put at your disposal a series of articles that we are collecting from Hispasonic. The purpose of this is to avoid repeating content that is more than present in "the network" and whose knowledge may be more or less important depending on our needs. From here, I will try to focus on the practical use of these programs, still avoiding being too detailed and yes more general, since none of us are professionals on the subject. Likewise, as we accumulate more manuals, it will be time to re-list them.
System Settings and JACK Audio Connection Kit
My first GNU Audio entries in UsemosLinux have been aimed at preparing a generic system and discovering a good handful of distros with which to save you those first steps. It is worth knowing what happens in our "low latency" system (for this we started playing with Linux, right?). Although with the latest versions of the kernel the use of a realtime kernel is no longer essential, there are still people who prefer it. For all this, the Argentine SounDebian website should be present in your bookmarks. Besides, it includes a good section of manuals.
The most cumbersome part of the process of creating music under Linux is getting used to using JACK. Here you have to "tie the males" and lose your fear. It is possible that we will run into more than one problem, but my experience tells me that most of the users who go crazy to configure it is that "they have not read the instructions correctly".
It is FUNDAMENTAL to understand its operation a minimum (although it helps to choose a well-tested audio hardware under Linux, more than one uses it without problem with integrated cards). Back to my personal experience, the Semicorchux tutorials (Pablo_F in Hispasonic) are the best, and they are always available to answer questions and help us with the configuration in those forums.
Finally, in its day I translated an article from the AvLinux manual that summarizes the operation of JACK for the newest.
Ardor is the "pretty girl" of the GPL audio software, and more since the arrival of version 3. Another equally functional option (although simpler and with an "alpha" character) is Qtractor. Working with Ardor we will have satisfied most of our needs.
So far there are complete manuals for version 2.8 (in English and Spanish, both available on SounDebian), to which is added a provisional version of the Ardor3 manual, currently only in English. Special mention for the new Online Manual available on their website.
But of course, I already know the users, and you still don't want to pack yourself up with 200 pages of manuals, so you have to provide something simpler. Well, we are in luck, because YouTube exists. As we acclimate to version 3, we can introduce ourselves to Ardor with the videos of Andriu (also a Hispasonic user) and Radialistas.
Finishing (because otherwise this entry will be huge ...), I will cite some more specific articles:
- Irwin Cespedes (Altiplane) explains how to make a SideChain compression with Ardor3.
- When the ear does not give more, using a spectrum analyzer can help, and for that we have Calf Analyzer.
- I am not an expert in synthesizers, but here you have recommended documentation (in English) about Seq24 y PureData.
- Finally, my article «Creating our first Guitar sound with Guitarix», which became part of the project Wiki.
There is more, but that is another story ...