Monthly Archives: July 2014

Nano-Basket

I have two KORG nanoKONTROL MIDI controllers that I want to use with my Arch Linux system. The nanoKONTROL device itself is compatible with GNU/Linux but its bundled editor software isn’t (although I’ve read that the Windows version works under

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Multi-Track Recording with jack_capture

I’m gravitating to a setup where I can make music in real time. I want to record the results using multiple tracks, with one mono track or stereo track pair per instrument. jack_capture is a command-line program for recording output

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AlsaModularSynth

AlsaModularSynth (AMS) is a modular software synthesizer that to my ears sounds really good (very “analog”). AMS has a good selection of built-in modules and can also use LADSPA plugins. Most LADSPA plugins are effects but some provide alternate oscillators

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Temporarily Importing a Hydrogen Drumkit

Hydrogen is a nice drum sampler program but it doesn’t appear to allow any control over the location of its drumkit files. It always imports drumkits to ~/.hydrogen/data/drumkits/; I’d prefer to not keep them in my home folder. I found

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Simple Session Management

In the world of GNU/Linux audio, session management refers to being easily able to recall a group of standalone programs and their connections. There are several session management solutions available but they seem complicated. For me, the simple, understandable solution

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harmonySEQ

According to its web site, “harmonySEQ is a live loop-based MIDI software sequencer intended to aid music composers and performers.” I’ve spent several hours with harmonySEQ and like it a lot. As a real-time tool, harmonySEQ has some things in

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Running LV2 Plugins Standalone with jalv.gtk

I use jalv.gtk (from Arch Linux package jalv) to run an individual LV2 plugin as a standalone program. jalv.gtk is run from the command line. The basic syntax is: jalv.gtk PLUGIN_URI where PLUGIN_URI is a unique identifier for the plugin

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Screen Blanking

By default, my screen automatically blanks after 10 minutes of inactivity. This is fine most of the time. When I want to make sure the screen stays on, I run the following command: $ xset -dpms This command disables power

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Managing the Menu

When a new program is installed, IceWM doesn’t automatically add the program to the menu. That’s not much of a problem, though. It’s possible to manage the menu using manual editing but that doesn’t seem like the right solution. The

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Appearance

UPDATE 31 JANUARY 2015: Most of the information on this page is now obsolete. See this page for a better approach. By default, my minimal Arch Linux system was not particularly attractive. I didn’t like the look of some of

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