Category Archives: Linux

Linux 4.18 Arrives With Some Big Changes!


Following a number of delays, Linus Torvalds has finally announced release of a Linux 4.18, the latest stable release of the Linux kernel.

Announcing the arrival of Linux 4.18 on the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML), Linus Torvalds writes:

“One week late(r) and here we are – 4.18 is out there. It was a very calm week, and arguably I could just have released on schedule last week, but we did have some minor updates.”

 

In development since June, the Linux 4.18 cycle has taken a little longer to fully form that anticipated, but with a decent change-log attached, I’m sure most won’t mind.

Linux 4.18 is also lighter than previous releases, with nearly 100k fewer lines of (obsolete) code than Linux 4.17.

Read the complete story at:

https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/08/linux-4-18-kernel-release-features

Introducing The Macintosh SE/30 Raspberry Pi

This is a project I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and I finally did it and decided to make a youtube vid about it. I took an old Mac SE30 case and built an all in 1 Raspberry Pi DAW computer into it. I really think it came out fantastically well and wanted to share my tips in making one for your self. Thanks for watching and please watch more of my videos!

Here’s all the links to buy everything talked about in the vid:

raspberry pi 3 kit https://amzn.to/2KpQhiN

behringer uca202 https://amzn.to/2HHo0CL

screen https://amzn.to/2HI7Sko

industrial velcro https://amzn.to/2JDX734

dremel tool https://amzn.to/2HGNZKC

sabrenet usb hub https://amzn.to/2KoTAqI

keyboard https://amzn.to/2HGKfg3

mouse https://amzn.to/2Ksrgno

headphone cable https://amzn.to/2JHw1YV

usb cable https://amzn.to/2I1S3s3

Ubuntu 17.10 released and waves goodbye to Unity Desktop!

Ubuntu just announced their new release, 17.10 and it is using Gnome as it’s default Desktop Manager. This is a big change since Ubuntu has been using Unity as its default DE for many years now.

This will come as a welcome change to a lot of people since Unity really wasn’t getting much love from the masses. I personally never hated Unity, I just don’t use it. But I don’t use Gnome either. I use IceWM. I’m still waiting for my “Icebuntu” release, haha.

Anyway, I’m curious if any of my readers have tried it yet, and if so what are your thoughts?

5 Ways to use MIDI Pad Controllers in Linux

Pad controllers are a lot of fun to play and use for making music. They’re great for live performance, or for composing drums at home and not disturbing the neighbors or taking up space. I have one just like the one pictured above (MPD24) that I used to make many performance videos on YouTube.

If you’re on Windows or Mac, a lot of people just use Ableton Live for pad controllers. But what if you’re using Linux? What kind of options do you have for fingerdrumming? I thought I’d put together a list of a few programs I know work well with Pad Controllers.

  1. Creating your own soundfonts with Swami.

Swami is great for pad controllers because you can create very complex sample sets then save them to .sf2 files. Then you just open them up with qsynth/fluidsynth and you have an awesome standalone sample player that is fully customizable with your particular pad controller.

2. LinuxSampler

Linuxsampler is a very powerful software sample player that can load many sampler formats like sfz, GigaStudo, and sf2. It’s a bit of a pain to setup and use though.

3. AVLDrumkits

If you’re wanting to just play drums on your controller, AVLDrumKits is an LV2 plugin that has some good drumsounds. You can program your controller to a comfortable layout to play the kit.

4. Drumgizmo

Drumgizmo is another great drum sampler for Linux. There’s some very high quality drum kits available for it, and you can create your own using it’s special editor called DGEdit.

5. Drumkv1

Drumkv1 is probably my favorite option for pad controllers on Linux right now. All you need to do is drag and drop any sample into whatever slot you want to have on your controller. This makes it easy for mapping, as well as easily apply fx, filters, and LFOs to any sample. No external editor needed! Then you can save your kits and use them any time!

If you’re looking for a place to get a ton of samples, loops, and one hits, check out this page!