Ectropic Harmony writes:
> I've recently started adding new gear to my studio
> The new equipment is the recording gear - specifically the Mackie
You didn't mention monitors.. I assume you have a pair or are planning
to buy them: they're a central piece of equipment. While doing
everything on phones is doable, is not very comfortable. In particular,
experts usually tend to dissuade you to mix on phones.
A good point to start is the manual of the mixer: study it thoroughly as
it is where the "sound" is created. Study its routing, how to connect it
to the soundcard and how to connect the soundcard to it, especially how
to avoid dangerous loops (a very high and unpleasant "beeeep"
sound). Install and study also the software mixer (envy24control) that
controls your soundcard, especially how monitoring works.
> I'd like to record & compose. I'm not familiar with the most effective
Ardour is a great application, and since you have real instruments it
will likely become your main recording application. Yes, JACK is central
here and you need to understand it and configure it to obtain optimal
performance with your soundcard. Jack is used to route any internal
audio signal (like for example, the audio output of a soft-synth) to
ardour: so you can for example use your MIDI keyboard to play a
soft-synth whose audio output is recorded into ardour.
Since you have also MIDI equipment, you may also want a sequencer
application for composing or recording editable MIDI performances. There
are various sequencers around, the main ones are rosegarden, muse and
qtractor. If you're fluent with notation, rosegarden is a good choice
(the other two don't offer notation). You can sync the sequencer to
ardour with a mechanism called jack_transport which shares the musical
timeline between different applications.
MIDI however is a whole can of worms in itself, so if you want to keep
it simple at the beginning, just use ardour to record audio like if it
were a multitrack tape recorder.
There is a new manual for ardour here:
Then there are lots of other softwares you can use, for example
soft-synths (zynaddsubfx, phasex, ams, fluidsynth/qsynth, etc...) music
engraving systems like lilypond or abc, languages such as csound,
puredata, supercollider, etc.. You can do ear training with solfege,
work with loops with freewheeling or sooperlooper, do mastering with
jamin, edit soundfiles destructively with audacity, rezound, snd or
mhwaveedit, make drum grooves with hydrogen, and a whole lot of other
tools. Look at this site:
Many of the applications listed will be available directly through the
ubuntu software package management system, but some may offer only
source code and require you to build (compile) them yourself: not
difficult but not the easiest thing if you haven't done it before. This
skill too can be set aside, at the beginning.
> Thank you for any input on any of this!
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