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    Ubuntu apps for guitar & keyboard

    Hello everybody

    I am a guitar beginner, and I just bought a Casio keyboard to help me practice. I just wanted the song rythms included on the keyboard, but I read in the booklet that it can connect to midi.
    I wanted to know if there were other guitar beginners out there in Ubuntuland, that are already doing what I want to do. What program can I use for recording practice loops and tracks ? I don't want to learn to play keyboard yet, I'm happy with playing the sounds and rythms while I struggle with the guitar chords. I have an Applause acoustic-electric so I can plug this in (somewhere) My little Casio keyboard has a few good beginner songs and a metronome, Can I record myself practicing? can you tell me if you bought a mike for the guitar or for just the voice? How can I do 2 layers (tracks) one for guitar and one for my "singing" ?

    I thank you in advance for any answers and advice you can share.
    Last edited by ecr959; August 24th, 2009 at 12:55 PM.
    Eddie Colon
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    Re: Ubuntu apps for guitar & keyboard

    hmmmm... Have you looked into Ubuntu studio. Its Basically an Ubuntu distro all about Creativity (Art,Movies,Music,ECT) You might wana look into it my friend.

    Ravernomina

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    Re: Ubuntu apps for guitar & keyboard

    Hello,

    In the repositories you can try gnometab, gtkguittune, and songwrite.

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    Re: Ubuntu apps for guitar & keyboard

    Quote Originally Posted by Ravernomina View Post
    hmmmm... Have you looked into Ubuntu studio. Its Basically an Ubuntu distro all about Creativity (Art,Movies,Music,ECT) You might wana look into it my friend.

    Ravernomina
    You can install almost every Ubuntu Studio software from Synaptic.
    Search for "ubuntustudio-audio".

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    Re: Ubuntu apps for guitar & keyboard

    Hydrogen is a pretty simple drum loop creation program. I use it for making click tracks.

    There are a number of multitrack audio editors available, Audacity (simple but fast) and Ardour (more features) seem to be the ones that people use most. Any of these will let you record one thing while listening to another.

    JACK is a useful audio framework - it lets you take the output of one program and feed it into the input of another, arbitrarily - but the JACK transport is possibly it's most under-rated great feature. If a program is set up to use JACK for transport controls (as most that can use JACK for audio can be) then it doesn't matter which program you press "Play" in - they will all start and stop at the same time. This lets you use lots of specialised applications at the same time rather than relying on some massive program to do everything.

    General tip; it's best to use headphones rather than speakers to listen to stuff as you're recording so that you don't record the speaker output too.

    Good luck and have fun!
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    Re: Ubuntu apps for guitar & keyboard

    Thank you, catkiller, and everybody else. I didn't expect so much help so fast. I downloaded tuxguitar yesterday, and you are correct, it does seem a little too advanced. JACK sounds interesting, and I'll take your advice and buy a decent set of headphones.

    Thanks to all, I love the community of this forum.

    Eddie Colon
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