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Audio Mixing Programs (Free & Open Source)

permalink   Thu, Aug 24, 2006 @ 6:28 AM
Hi All,

In case you are looking for some free and open source audio programs to use with Creative Commons samples here are some of the popular programs for windows:

It’s an audio sample mixing tool containing tools such as a sequencer, beat box, virtual decks, key board sample assignment (assign audio samples to keys on your key board and allows you to tap out a beat - no midi keyboard required), scratch tools, pitch shifters, revers and looping tools are also included. Once a mix has been prepared (or while a mix is being prepared) the audio can be streamed to disk in a wave format. The setup can also be saved and reloaded for latter.


VioLet Composer
An open source, modular, pattern based music composer (tracker) with a very open architecture, aiming to produce a well documented API into an efficient, robust end-user application.


A fast multi-track audio editor and recorder for Linux, BSD, Mac OS, and Windows. Supports WAV, AIFF, Ogg, and MP3 formats. Features include envelope editing, mixing, built-in effects and plug-ins, all with unlimited undo.


permalink   Sat, Sep 2, 2006 @ 7:48 AM
May I add some more resources? Those are for the Linux OS.


Described as “the closest native equivalent to Cubase for Linux”


“Ardour capabilities include: multichannel recording, non-linear, non-destructive region based editing with unlimited undo/redo, full automation support, a mixer whose capabilities rival high end hardware consoles, lots of plugins to warp, shift and shape your music, and controllable from hardware control surfaces at the same time as it syncs to timecode. If you’ve been looking for a tool similar to ProTools, Nuendo, Cubase SX, Digital Performer, Samplitude or Sequoia, you might have found it.”


An advanced drum machine for Linux: “[its] main goal is to bring professional yet simple and intuitive pattern-based drum programming.”

permalink   Thu, Jan 18, 2007 @ 1:44 AM
Hey everybody!

I’m fairly new to ccMixter. I thought that I would post a couple programs that I know of that aren’t on this list.

LMMS - Linux MultiMedia Studio
Now, I have never used this (yet to get a linux machine. Soon I hope.), but from what I see, it’s at least good enough to look into. According to the site, “LMMS combines the features of a tracker-/sequencer-program (pattern-/channel-/ sample-/song-/effect-management) and those of powerful synthesizers and samplers in a modern, user-friendly and easy to use graphical user-interface.”

REAPER - Rapid Environment for Audio Prototyping and Efficient Recording
This is what I use. Its main advantages are a very small footprint, and it’s very light on system resources. Midi support, recording, and comes bundled with FX and is able to handle 3rd party plugins (such as VST/VSTi, and DX/DXi). However it is shareware, with a 30 day trial period. For Windows.
permalink   Mon, May 7, 2007 @ 12:37 PM
Slashdot is pointing to a Keyboard Mag article with a good primer on open music software. (the site’s been slashedotted all day, should be back on line in a day or two)

permalink   Sun, Jul 8, 2007 @ 7:16 AM
For the person who finds even the most “intuitive” sequencer graphical user interfaces difficult to use, I suggest the user-friendly and offbeat freeware from http://www.ixi-software.net, and in particular the sample slicer Slicer, which lets one take wav files (readily available at the freesound project) and convert them into interesting electronica.
permalink   Tue, Nov 27, 2007 @ 12:19 AM
Here’s another addictive toy, kinda similar to AudioMulch that could have some of you playing for hours (but keep all your volumes LOW!), totally free as well-