Resource: Sam Dean
Free Open Source Tools for Producing Music
Music-making technology has improved dramatically in recent years, and software and hardware tools even play a bigger role in the production processes of huge bands ranging from Coldplay to Metallica. Free and open source music making and production technologies have also become very sophisticated, and are worth looking into. If you play and produce music here are some must-have free tools that you can leverage.
Audacity. We’ve covered Audacity on a number of occasions. Audacity is an audio propduction platform that compares very well with software used in professional environments, including tools for silencing ambient noise, combining, cutting, moving, and mixing tracks. Its mixboard and equalization features are awesome, and it’s also a great podcasting platform. You can find a free guide to using it here. Of all open source tools for working with audio, this is probably the most useful.
Hydrogen. Hydrogen is an incredibly sophisticated Linux drum machine platform. It lets you program cool beats, and includes tools for sample editing. You can also find good videos showing how it works on YouTube.
Rakarrak. Are you a guitarist? If so, you’re probably familiar with how sophisticated pedalboards and stomp boxes have become. Rakarrak is a powerful multi-effects processor emulating a guitar effects pedalboard. It’s available on SoureForge and you can listen to demos of its flexible capabilities here. It’s designed for Linux distributions with Jack Audio Connection Kit, which you can get here.
Indaba. Indaba is an open, online collaboration network for musicians and producers that is worth looking into if you want to connect with others in the creative process. The site follows open source and social networking principles to make connections between musicians and is very popular. Through Indaba, you can also compete with other musicians in producing compelling remixes.
- Protecting Open Source with Patents (arnoldit.com)
- CeBIT 2012: Open source and Linux (h-online.com)
- A Selection of the Very Best Open Source Tutorials and Tools (ostatic.com)
- Audacity 2.0 finally released (linuxuser.co.uk)
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