On Mon, 2009-08-31 at 20:56 -0400, Brett McCoy wrote:
> I have to admit complete ignorance here, but what is it about Live
My knowledge is based on reading about it in magazines early on and much
later using the trial version for a bit.
When it came out, using software for live performance was seen as novel
idea (there might have been an "underground" scene thinking
The minimalistic graphics optimized for clearness were a revelation.
Dialogs are avoided, it's all in one window.
AFAIK it allows tempo changes and immediately stretches/shrinks all
audio to fit. Sony Acid might have been earlier with that.
You can also add markers on clips and then move these markers and the
material between markers will be stretched/shrunken to accommodate. The
version I tried would do so "only" linearly :)
I think the central new concept was having a matrix view, where you have
columns for tracks/instruments and rows for "Scenes".
Have a look at:
All those rectangles with play symbols are patterns.
If you look down the "Master" column, it should become clear what scenes
are about. Note that you can trigger any of the patterns any time.
There's a sync feature that can make sure patterns will be started on
There's also a "traditional" arrangement view:
Nowadays there's a collection of deeply integrated synth "plugins".
GUI-wise, you could always add such a matrix to an existing
DAW/sequencer (not a small project, of course). But you need a backend
that can play any pattern any time, with a sync-to-beat trigger feature.
And live time stretching.
So, none of the linux audio apps comes even close.
A set of separate tools can never be a replacement (except with a
not-seen-before sophisticated level of optional integration, perhaps).
People can talk about the real or perceived shortcomings of linux audio
tools all day. Doesn't change a thing. The vague and sometimes silly
comparisons and the very foggy ideas what some commercial apps actually
offer are damn frustrating. Would surprise me to read something *new*.
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