Monday, August 20, 2007

LMMS 0.3.0 out

From the LMMS developers list ...
an anouncement for the latest version, and it seems like worth giving a try ...

Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 15:45:15 +0200
Subject: [LMMS-devel] Announcement of LMMS 0.3.0
Hi folks,

I'm glad to finally announce the availability of LMMS 0.3.0. This release is a
big milestone as it brings lot of new features and (according to my
experiences and the reports of other users) at the same time probably is the
most stable version of LMMS we ever had (which is even more important).

The release had been delayed a few days as Paul and I had to figure out some
major problems with his (new) monophonic LB302-plugin which are fixed now.
LB302 still has known minor issues (which a normal user probably wouldn't
even notice) which will be fixed in 0.3.1.

Important changes:

- of course *lot* of bugs and segfaults were fixed
- added support for effects:
* LADSPA-effects (LMMS includes CAPS as well)
* VST-effects
* LMMS' own effects
- better compatibility with several platforms/GCC-versions
- better desktop-integration
- improved automation-editor
- performance-improvements
- free VST-support (via reverse-engineered header)
- new plugins:
* LB302 (powerful monophonic 303-clone)
* Mallets (STK-frontend)
* Singerbot (Festival-frontend for speech-synthesis)
* Live-Tool (control of bb-tracks at live-performances)
* Kicker (bassdrum-/kick-synthesizer)
* PatMan (sampler for Patch-files)
- obsolete PluckedStringSynth-plugin has been replaced by Vibed-plugin
- added support for compressed project-files
- rewrote parts of internal mixer-core
- added support for note-detuning
- upgrade-feature for properly opening older projects/presets
- improved MIDI-file-import
- added libsamplerate as 3rdparty-code for systems that do not have
- new/improved projects in "cool_songs"-directory
- new samples and presets
- new "Recently opened projects"-menu

The download is available at

Please uninstall LMMS *completely* before installing this version, i.e.
remove /usr/bin/lmms, /usr/lib/lmms and /usr/share/lmms (or /usr/local... ),
otherwise you could experience problems because of obsolete files that
actually do not work anymore etc.

Big thanks to all who helped making up this release!!


Wednesday, August 15, 2007

how to set up asoundrc to use jackd

(Edit: For UbuntuStudio 8.04 or 8.10, this will not work, see bug #84900)

how to get Flash (via Firefox) to play when jackd is running?
how to set up .asoundrc file so alsa uses Jack as an output?

Here's how it's adviced to do on the alsa wiki:
In short, you can set up your asoundrc file to specify JACK as the output, like so:

pcm.!default {
type plug
slave { pcm "jack" }

pcm.jack {
type jack
playback_ports {
0 alsa_pcm:playback_1
1 alsa_pcm:playback_2
capture_ports {
0 alsa_pcm:capture_1
1 alsa_pcm:capture_2

ctl.mixer0 {
type hw
card 0

For my Delta1010 I'll have to change this a bit,
but to be honest, I'm overworked and the Belgian state is getting me to a nervous breakdown with their "activation of the search behaviour of the unemployed", and I'm unemployed so they think it's ok to send me to Amsterdam for a job. As if there's nobody unemployed in Amsterdam.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

64studio 2.0 bittorrents are out

News from the 64studio users list ...

Following the release of 64 Studio 2.0 'Electric' ,
which is

''a GNU/Linux distribution tailor-made for digital content
creation, including audio, video, graphics and publishing tools.
-A remix of Debian,
-comes in both AMD64/Intel64 and 32-bit flavours,
-to run on nearly all PC hardware.
-the second stable release of 64 Studio.
-named after Electrical Audio,
Steve Albini's studio in Chicago, USA: ''
, people are asked to use BitTorrent to download the images, and leave their clients open after download, because their servers are getting a bit overloaded. Must be a popular release ...

The BitTorrent files for 64 Studio 2.0 images are available
here :

If you can't use BitTorrent, there's another mirror in the UK,

provided by the Computer Science department at the University of Kent.

More info at the 64studio homepage .