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Hi, im trying to set my computer up with a decent drum machine and sampling software. I want some software that i can edit music files with - cutting them ...
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    Music making with linux?


    Hi, im trying to set my computer up with a decent drum machine and sampling software. I want some software that i can edit music files with - cutting them up and putting back together - that i can use along side decks to sample bits of tracks and put other beats over the top of stuff.

    At the moment im using galan as a drum machine/sequencer and i've been looking for a sampler. All i've found so far though is linux sampler which i cant seem to get working. Im also open to other sequencer programs as, while galan is quite good + powerful its also difficult to get it to do some simple stuff and the interface isnt great either.

    I use Debian Sarge.

    Jonny

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    I don't have a specific recommendation for you since I don't do much audio, but you can find a list of editors and drum machines here.

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    Hydrogen is a great drum machine. You should find it in the apt repositories. For straight audio editing Audacity is pretty good, similar enough to CoolEdit.

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    Cheers, i'll try those out. I managed to get galan working as a sampler but its really fiddly and you can only use a certain type of wav file on it anyway.

    Jonny

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    Just tried out both of those audacity and hydrogen, but neither of them seem to be able to use the Esound audio plugin. This is what im using at the mo because it seems to get round the problem of arts - i like to be able to use more than one audio program at once.

    Jack doesnt seem to work, OSS is ok for somethings and ALSA doesnt seem to do anything either.

    Any idea what to do about this?

    Jonny

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    Jack really is the best option as it's designed for music production, though at the moment I've having trouble getting it running in SUSE 10.1. I've had it going before but it was only your post that fired up my interest again.

    If you are into sampling you might look at Freecycle too, it seems pretty good though it is in early development so it's a bit buggy. I went to the trouble of capturing midi from a song I wanted so I could import it into Hydrogen. Turns out Hydrogen doesn't let you do that

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    yeah i've been trying to get jack to work, but cant find any information on it. I installed alsa yesterday and now thats working fine but it only lets you use one app at once.

    I know this is going off the original topic but heres what happens

    I get the following message from qjackctl:

    16:40:16.922 Patchbay deactivated.
    16:40:17.019 Statistics reset.
    16:40:17.421 Startup script...
    16:40:17.421 artsshell -q terminate
    JACK compiled with System V SHM support
    16:40:17.456 MIDI connection graph change.
    16:40:18.281 Startup script terminated with exit status=256.
    16:40:18.290 JACK is starting...
    16:40:18.290 /usr/bin/jackd -R -dalsa -ddefault -r48000 -p1024 -n2 -P
    16:40:18.305 JACK was started with PID=3447 (0xd77).
    jackd 0.99.0
    Copyright 2001-2003 Paul Davis and others.
    jackd comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY
    This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
    under certain conditions; see the file COPYING for details
    cannot lock down memory for jackd (Operation not permitted)
    loading driver ..
    apparent rate = 48000
    creating alsa driver ... default|-|1024|2|48000|0|0|nomon|swmeter|-|32bit
    the playback device "default" is already in use. Please stop the application using it and run JACK again
    cannot load driver module alsa
    16:40:18.379 JACK was stopped successfully.
    16:40:20.616 Could not connect to JACK server as client

    This is after closing down any music programs and servers.

    If i try getting the server running on its own through terminal
    by using: jackd -dalsa


    jackd 0.99.0
    Copyright 2001-2003 Paul Davis and others.
    jackd comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY
    This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
    under certain conditions; see the file COPYING for details

    loading driver ..
    creating alsa driver ... hw:0|hw:0|1024|2|48000|0|0|nomon|swmeter|-|32bit
    control device hw:0
    configuring for 48000Hz, period = 1024 frames, buffer = 2 periods
    Couldn't open hw:0 for 32bit samples trying 24bit instead
    Couldn't open hw:0 for 24bit samples trying 16bit instead
    Couldn't open hw:0 for 32bit samples trying 24bit instead
    Couldn't open hw:0 for 24bit samples trying 16bit instead


    then it sticks and i get loads of messages along these lines:

    **** alsa_pcm: xrun of at least 10.897 msecs



    **** alsa_pcm: xrun of at least 3.510 msecs



    **** alsa_pcm: xrun of at least 32.984 msecs



    **** alsa_pcm: xrun of at least 38.044 msecs

    or if try: jackd -R -dalsa
    i get:


    jackd 0.99.0
    Copyright 2001-2003 Paul Davis and others.
    jackd comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY
    This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
    under certain conditions; see the file COPYING for details

    cannot lock down memory for jackd (Operation not permitted)
    loading driver ..
    creating alsa driver ... hw:0|hw:0|1024|2|48000|0|0|nomon|swmeter|-|32bit
    control device hw:0
    configuring for 48000Hz, period = 1024 frames, buffer = 2 periods
    Couldn't open hw:0 for 32bit samples trying 24bit instead
    Couldn't open hw:0 for 24bit samples trying 16bit instead
    Couldn't open hw:0 for 32bit samples trying 24bit instead
    Couldn't open hw:0 for 24bit samples trying 16bit instead
    JACK: unable to mlock() port buffers: Operation not permitted
    jack_create_thread: error -1 switching current thread to rt for inheritance: Unknown error 4294967295
    cannot start watchdog thread
    cannot load driver module alsa

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