Tuesday, July 26, 2011

MP3 player with Jack output

When we're rehearsing a (new) cover-song with the band we sometimes need to listen to the song while rehearsing it (but only on the rear occasions -cough!- that one of us did not find the time to do his homework ;-)
We have our mixer and speakers set up, my laptop connected, so whats the problem ?  Just play the darn MP3 !  Well, no...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hydrogen finally gets a PPA

Great news for Ubuntu users : the KXStudio team has created a dedicated Hydrogen PPA !
This PPA contains the 0.9.5 release for all recent Ubuntu versions AND a svn snapshot for those of you that want to check out the latest (unstable !!) 0.9.6 version of Hydrogen.
Kudos to Filipe of the KXStudio team !
More info on the download page !

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

PPA for Hydrogen (part2)

After some testing (and some problems on a system of one of the Hydrogen users) i discovered that the KXStudio PPA seems to install more than just Hydrogen 0.9.5 when you install it.
Apparently Filipe uses the latest-and-greatest packages to build Hydrogen (and all the other apps he has on his 'main' PPA) and this causes the automatic install of a number of recent lib's and even a more recent version of jackd.

After talking to Filipe about this it looks like Hydrogen is about to get it's very own PPA !

The only difference would be that in this PPA Hydrogen will be compiled using the official (but outdated) packages and as a consequence no other (more recent) packages will be auto-installed when you install Hydrogen.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Jack_session support for Hydrogen

Linux audio is a true adventure.  Just when you think you have seen it all some other app pops up and blows you away ...  at least sometimes.  In case it doesn't you just move on and continue your quest for something that does.

So many choices, soooo many different apps.  Pretty much like on Mac, only cheaper, right ?  Not really.
There are a few things that bug me in Linux audio and one of them is session management.
Session management is the ability to save/restore all your running audio apps at once, in other words your 'session'.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

PPA for Hydrogen !

Today i mailed a couple of times with the owner of the KXStudio PPA, Filipe.
Since there are no Ubuntu installers available for Hydrogen 0.9.5 i wanted to see if i could link to his PPA instead.
He was actually very enthusiastic and told me that he would be more than happy to collaborate!

On his main PPA there are Hydrogen 0.9.5 versions for Ubuntu Lucid, Natty and Maverick and he even has a 'latest' PPA where he regularly uploads snapshot builds (alpha versions).  This is great news for anyone that wants to test the latest version of Hydrogen but doesn't know how to (or doesn't want to) build Hydrogen from source.  Now you can simply install it like any other application :-)
I hope this way we will get more testers and more feedback.

Thanks Filipe !