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FLOSS stands for Free/Libre/Open Source Software and is applied to any software that is free for the user to study, modify and redistribute to anyone and for any purpose.

The Libre part is added to emphasize that it is referring to freedom of action, not just free as in no cost. FOSS is sometimes used as a varient of FLOSS, leaving out the Libre part. The two terms are often used interchangably.

The Advantages of Choosing an Audio Orientated Linux Distribution

The Advantages of Choosing an Audio Orientated Linux Distribution

Linux distributions have a lot to offer and some are geared more towards certain tasks than others. There is nothing wrong with stock distributions, and any distro can be tweaked to work well for whichever task you wish, provided that you know how to tailor them to that specific task. If you are working with audio, however, choosing a distro specifically geared towards that purpose can save you a lot of hassle.

Understanding recording hardware

Understanding recording hardware

What hardware you need to get started recording is dependant on what type of music you want to make. In any case, you will need a DAW, but what about the hardware requirements? There are typically two ways to make music -



Xjadeo (JAck viDEo mOnitor) is a software video player that displays a video-clip in sync with an external time source (MTC, LTC, JACK-transport).

Xjadeo is useful in soundtrack composition, video monitoring or any task that requires synchronizing movie frames with audio events.

Ardour now includes a built in version of Xjadeo, including a video timeline, since version 3.2.

Softsynths and Samplers

In addition to DAWs, drum machines, MIDI arrangers and a plethora of other varied applications for audio production that are available under the Linux platform, there is also a growing number of powerful software synthesizers (softsynths) and samplers available gratis in most Linux distribution repositories. In this discussion, we will focus in particular on one native Linux softsynth: TAL Noizem4k3r, and Petri-Foo, a useful Linux-based sampler or "ROMpler".

How to contribute to Libre Music Production

As Libre Music Production (LMP) is a community driven project, we need contributions from people like you, the user, to make it successful. The following is a list of areas to which you can contribute.

Articles and Tutorials

A big focus of LMP is providing articles and tutorials, to help users learn how to get the most out of Libre music software. Articles and tutorials can either be in written form, or presented as a video, whichever is your preference.

I am running Ubuntu/Debian. How do I update to KXStudio without having to do a reinstall?

KXStudio is available as an installable download but its software repositories can also be added to a current installation of Ubuntu (version 14.04 and above) or Debian (Jessie and above). Once you have the repositories enabled, you will have access to a large amount of up-to-date applications and software, a lot of which isn't available in stock versions of Ubuntu or Debian.

Enabling the repositories

Software Repository

Software repositories, sometimes called repos, are locations from which software applications are downloaded from and installed onto your computer. A Linux install has default repositories but additional repositories can be added so that more/newer versions of software can be installed onto your system.

An example of a software repository is the KXStudio repositories.



Gtklick is a simple metronome with an easy to use interface. Along with what you would expect from a metronome, it also includes a speed trainer, arbitrary meters and beat patterns, customisable sounds and it can also save profiles. Keyboard shortcuts make it very useful as a practice tool as you can control it and vary the tempo without ever having to look at the screen.

What is IRC? What is it used for and how do I use it?

IRC, which stands for Internet Relay Chat, is a realtime chat facility that many open source projects use to discuss bugs, features, etc. This is useful as developers are often in different parts of the world and different timezones. It is a way for them to communicate and work on solutions in real time.

As a user of a particular piece of software, you may have some questions, or you may simply not be able to get something to work. Using IRC you can chat to the developers, and other users of the software, to troubleshoot, or just generally discuss the software, in realtime.


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