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Linux-Based Musical Keyboard Workstation Debuts

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the thing-ized-thing dept.

Music 184

Henry G. writes "Lionstracs of Italy has released the Mediastation X-76 music workstation. It runs Red Hat and KDE 3.1. The base model features a 1.67 Ghz Athlon, 512MB RAM, 80GB HD, CDRW/DVD-ROM, 8.2" LCD, and a host of other things. Full specs can be found here and pictures can be found here. To this submitter, it looks more like a keyboardized computer than a computerized keyboard."

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184 comments

Don't forget... (-1)

SCO$699FeeTroll (695565) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437344)

...to pay your $699 licensing fee you cock-smoking teabaggers.

Good news, you've been granted a first post! (-1)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437372)

Glad I haven't seen those self-proclaimed 'gay niggers' around recently. I haven't forgotten to pay my licensing fee, but thank you for the friendly reminder! Do you want to go out with me?

Toss that taco salad (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437349)

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I FOR ONE WELCOME OUR NEW KEYBOARD OVERLRODS!!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437353)

She ran off with another guy,
She didn't even say goodbye,
She'll never find a love like mine, or bigger.
She took the TV and the stereo,
She wrote a check for all my dough.
But to top it off, she ran off with a nigger.

(Refrain) She ran off with a nigger;
A six foot eight inch buck.
He's got a pink Mark Four
With his name on the door,
And all I can say is, well... fu...
Crying out loud, why'd you do me this way?
If I had a gun I'd pull the trigger.
She took my car, that's I'd just paid for,
And she ran off with a nigger.

It really came as no surprise,
I guess I saw it in her eyes.
I knew that it would happen, and it did.
My pappy said, "I told you so",
She broke my heart, and now I know,
I never should have married that black little bitch anyway.

(Refrain)

Ah, she broke my heart, and tore me apart,
When she ran off with a nigger.

WILDCAT IS ON TEH SPOKE (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437354)

A piano keyboard for input? (4, Funny)

gpinzone (531794) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437362)

For playing music, it's the bomb. However, the only thing I can type in OpenOffice is "FACE"

Re:A piano keyboard for input? (5, Funny)

jawschlech (677932) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437436)

CABBAGE, actually, is the longest word you can write with musical tones. And Baggage. Face a baggage cabbage--look, whole sentences. The possibilities are virtually endless!

Re:A piano keyboard for input? (-1)

WellAren'tYouJustThe (705433) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437470)

Well aren't you just the master of useless trivia.

Re:A piano keyboard for input? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437599)

This _is_ a computer we're talking about, so, uh... "Face a baggage cabbage, Babbage!"

</badjoke>

Re:A piano keyboard for input? (4, Funny)

Mr_Icon (124425) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437843)

Well, you could, arguably, write something in C#.

Re:A piano keyboard for input? (3, Funny)

micromoog (206608) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437913)

Dad bagged a deaf babe.
Egg a facade; deface!
Deb acceded a bad deed.

Re:A piano keyboard for input? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7438138)

Since you only need 8 characters to write programs in brainf*ck, the possibilities ARE endless!

Re:A piano keyboard for input? (2, Funny)

phraktyl (92649) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437554)

Well, according to /usr/dict/words on a Solaris machine, and skipping the one-letter words, you can create:

abbe, abc, abed, accede, ace, ad, adage, add, , dded, age, babe, bad, bade, badge, bag, baggage, be, bead, bed, bee, beef, beg, cab, cabbage, cafe, cage, cede, cf, dab, dad, dead, deaf, , ecade, deed, deface, deed, deface, ebb, edge, efface, egg, facade, face, fad, fade, fag, fed, fee, feed, gab, gad, gaff, gaffe, gag, gage, gee

You could write a thesis with those!

Re:A piano keyboard for input? (1)

phraktyl (92649) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437577)

That should probably be 'decade' there in the middle, without that nasty double-comma. Dang text-input boxes...

Re:A piano keyboard for input? (1)

be-fan (61476) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437662)

Please tell you used a shell script to find those!

Re:A piano keyboard for input? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437700)

No, he just used assembler.

Re:A piano keyboard for input? (1)

phraktyl (92649) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437704)

Not even a shell script. A little grep will do it. Although I did end up reformating it in the text box---hence the typo. The long list of words tripped the lameness filter...

Re:A piano keyboard for input? (1)

Pentagon13 (166309) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437927)

grep -v [h-z] /usr/dict/words

acceded, baggage, cabbage, and facaded were the longest matches on my machine

Re:A piano keyboard for input? (1)

musikit (716987) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437622)

some musician (at least ones i know) when they want to spell out a word in music they basically start over at A after G so the alphabet essential gets a mod G so G = N mod G so if you wanted to spell out your favorite super hero name in music (Which my friend did) GREEN LANTERN GDEEG EAGFEDG

good work! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437368)

already slashdoted

Re:good work! (1)

lspd (566786) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437677)

Has a php-nuke/post-nuke/thataware site ever withstood a slashdotting?

Already Slashdotted!! (2, Funny)

ericdano (113424) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437378)

Man, 3 comments and the site is down. :-(

Re:Already Slashdotted!! (2, Funny)

NightWulf (672561) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437415)

The funny part is this line "This Website is powered by PostNuke." I guess slashdot is now more powerful than a nuke?

Re:Already Slashdotted!! (1)

bobdotorg (598873) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437488)

The funny part is this line "This Website is powered by PostNuke." I guess slashdot is now more powerful than a nuke?


No - it just means that their IT staff employs cockroaches, which explains how their site went from zero to slashdeath in 3.7 comments.

Re:Already Slashdotted!! (2, Informative)

krymsin01 (700838) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437516)

Anyone who wants some more info about this product can check out this thread at Synth Zone here [synthzone.com] . That's about all I can find on it right now.

Re:Already Slashdotted!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437558)

Site was fine when I went to it, but the database was down, so you couldn't see pics or features. The main page was accessible, though.

Guess they shouldn't be running their database server on crappy hardware.......

They forgot #11 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437380)

11. Administrator of 'ten most overpaid jobs' website.

Looks just about right (4, Insightful)

Drubber (60345) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437381)

Actually, it doesn't look any more computerized than many other keyboard workstations out there (e.g., Yamaha Motif). The fact that you can hook up external LCDs, etc. in order to more fully exploit what's under the hood will put it a generation beyond.

Re:Looks just about right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437523)

More add-ons required put it a generation ahead? Maybe in the category of tearing more cash from the hands of their customers.

Re:Looks just about right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437659)

Yeah looks great. I'm glad to see people following this route.

10 years ago when I was doing DSP synthesis research
I was pushing this philosophy very hard. Unix/Linux seemed the perfect environment for synthesis (which is often a process model) with its ability to make pipes and sockets carry raw audio signals. Sure, back then the realtime kernel aspects were a problem, but I was knocked back when my approaches to Roland and Yamaha etc were met with laughter and scepticism. [they make their own hardware]

So after a decade someone is finally following the right path imho. What this company needs to do is develop a suite of OSS synthesis and sequencing modules based on Csound or Nyquist type technology and turn this keyboard into a kind of dedicated 'Reaktor' instrument , fully configurable native code modules running under a standard Linux OS would ROCK.

This approach could blast a hole through the current market of music production workstations and make dedicated synthesiser, hard disk recorder and sampler units obsolete in a very short space of time. Good luck dudes.

Re:Looks just about right (1)

Drubber (60345) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437705)

What I mean is that the UIs on most keyboards suck by virtue of the fact that the designers must cram thousands of voices, features, and functions into a 320x160 display having eight function keys and a dial. The option to pay extra for a full blown screen, for example, is something that many musicians would jump at.

Re:Looks just about right (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437785)

In UI terms it nicely fills the gap between dedicated boxes and full blown computer systems which many musos try to steer clear of.

Many computer illiterate musicians will buy this as a 'workstation-keyboard' completely oblivious to the fact that they are buying a full on computer system and if the application level is written well enough they will never need to know, merely gain the benefits of a proper music production computer disguised as something familiar.

Article text in case it gets /.ed (-1, Redundant)

Znonymous Coward (615009) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437382)

Problem in Database Connection

This Website is powered by PostNuke

Re:Article text in case it gets /.ed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437497)

now that's a funny one.

Re:Article text in case it gets /.ed (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437643)

I think i'm gonna blame that on on adodb

Man.... (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437394)

Why does Slashdot go nuts over anything running Linux? I mean yeah, it's nice to see Linux being used everywhere but it's not big news.

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Who really gives a shit! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437501)

The product will fail just like most of the linsux that have released already. It just gives the the losers something to masterbate to.

Can I run Logic on it ? (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437396)

Can I run Logic or any of the other industry-standard music applications ? If so, this would seem to be the breakthrough Linux has been waiting for in the audiophile/professional musician marketplace.

Re:Can I run Logic on it ? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437494)

Well, Apple bought eMagic and Apple has a long history of porting applications to Linux such as Quicktime ... no wait ... iTunes ... no no hang on ... WebObjects ... ummmm. Apple is not interested in a 3 party OS world, it's them and Microsoft PERIOD. So long as Apple owns Logic, it will NEVER get ported to Linux because Apple like to imagine they're still number 2 even though we all know they're number 3 now.

Re:Can I run Logic on it ? (1)

mirko (198274) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437572)

Since emagic has been bought by Apple, Logic only runs on MacOSX.
And I doubt Steinberg will port Cubase SX to Linux within the next months...

Re:Can I run Logic on it ? (0)

paulbd (118132) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437865)

cubase sx has already been ported to linux. steinberg see no market for it. keep in mind that neundo (which is where the technology inside sx originates) was first written for irix ...

Re:Can I run Logic on it ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437708)

what a fukin retarted question. logic is the office of music

Re:Can I run Logic on it ? (1)

sharph (171971) | more than 10 years ago | (#7438323)

one word...Ardour

You can find the pictures (-1, Offtopic)

willie3204 (444890) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437399)

HERE [coattails.net]

MOD PARENT DOWN -- DO NOT CLICK (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437512)

Parent post contains a link to the infamous "goatse" photo.

Re:MOD PARENT DOWN -- DO NOT CLICK (-1, Troll)

willie3204 (444890) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437539)

lies

/.ed already (-1, Redundant)

nberardi (199555) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437403)

It was /.ed in less than 5 mins. That has to be a new record.

/.ed -- Article Text (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437405)

Problem in Database Connection

This Website is powered by PostNuke

Although this site is running the PostNuke software it has no other connection to the PostNuke Developers.
Please refrain from sending messages about this site or its content to the PostNuke team, the end will result in an ignored e-mail.

red hat? (-1, Troll)

TedCheshireAcad (311748) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437418)

I think that Red Hat is an inappropriate distribution to use for something whose purpose is to create music. The best choice in this matter is in fact OpenBSD, because security should be paramount in any application of computer science to a non-related field. This is because we as computer scientists need to offer the best we have available to other fields.

Re:red hat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437474)

no, the real reason to use OBSD is because, OBSD knows music. Just take a look at the new songs for each release ;)

Re:red hat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437629)

oh my god. this is the best troll ever. in fact, you're so good that the moderators were even fooled into thinking you were insightful...

whop whop

Re:red hat? (1)

RobPiano (471698) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437712)

Perhaps like Planet CCRMA [stanford.edu] ?

What a relief! (0, Redundant)

clifgriffin (676199) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437420)

You don't know how happy it makes me to know that no one will h4x0r my keyboard.

Gosh dangit (1)

bigjnsa500 (575392) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437431)

Right when I was about to check out the specs, /. effect. Argh..

Anyway, before it got /.'ed, anybody catch what kind of DSP cards they were using? 256 polyphonic voices per card with a dedicated 256megs RAM. That sounds impressive.

Google cache (4, Informative)

MP3Chuck (652277) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437445)

Re:Google cache (1)

heironymouscoward (683461) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437726)

Yeah, good going, now the Google cache has also been slashdotted. :)

Why Athlon? (-1, Flamebait)

dcstimm (556797) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437462)

why would you use an Athlon? Unless they wanted to create a space heater / Musical Keyboard....

Re:Why Athlon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437667)

Very Funny! Those Athlons get so damn hot...

Re:Why Athlon? (1)

paulbd (118132) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437915)

because most pro-audio apps use floating point as the basic representation of audio samples, and the athlon wipes the floor in terms of FP performance.
intel chips not only have worse FP performance, they have an unbelievably bad problem with denormals that can cause code to slow down by factors of 4-100.

Re:Why Athlon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7438234)

in almost every benchmark the p4 kills the athlon..

Website design: -1, Non-Intuitive (2, Interesting)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437467)

The site does seem to be behaving slowly, but perhaps that's because some "expert" told the company that "surfers love clicky color-changy grafx!"

The focal point is a picture of a keyboard, with these "helpful" navaids:
Click on the upper left part of the Mediastation to view the features.


Click on the upper right part of the Mediastation to view the specifications.

Click on bottom left part of the Mediastation to view the demos.

Click on the bottom right part of the Mediastation to view the screenshots.

Wow, that's clear. I always think "Demo" when I look at the bottom left corner of a keyboard at Best Buy.

It's a computerized keyboard, which implies a computer-human interface. Let's hope that the design team responsible for the web site wasn't allowed anywhere near the actual prodcuct. "Click on the penguin's right toe for MIDI Configuration!"

Re:Website design: -1, Non-Intuitive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437904)

I'd like to know what you consider as an intuitive wedesign Mr. Robert AB-CD

Re:Website design: -1, Non-Intuitive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7438260)

perhaps http://www.dixie-chicks.com? :)

Re:Website design: -1, Non-Intuitive (1)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 10 years ago | (#7438291)

The AC says: I'd like to know what you consider as an intuitive wedesign

Well, I'd send you to my own site [dixie-chicks.com] , but I'm afraid that what it lacks in flashy, useless graphics is more than made up for by its difficult navigation, dead links, and outdated information...

So yes, I'm PKB'ing [potkettleblack.com] .

How long (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437472)

How long before someone mods it to run Windows?

(Laugh, it's a twist on the "How long before it runs Linux?" jokes)

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Re:How long (1)

heironymouscoward (683461) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437698)

How long before someone mods it to run Windows?

About 50 years, and then only as punishment for failing second grade OS design basics.

Re:How long (1)

frodo from middle ea (602941) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437717)

gee, but for the explaination in the brackets, i would have never got it. thanks so much

Re:How long (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437766)

/. does that automatically, nitwit.

let's get this straight (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437515)

in the rest of the world, it's a computerized keyboard

in soviet russia, it's a keyboardized computer

all clear now?

Re:let's get this straight (1)

butane_bob2003 (632007) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437878)

Actually that would read: In the rest of the world it's a computerized keyboard.
In soviet russia, it's keyboardized computer.
Soviets don't seem to have 'a' or 'an' to speak of.

Linux-Based Musical . . . (2, Funny)

Antisthenes (579582) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437543)

Thanks to my ill-behaved crappy Windows scanner software that stuck an annoying window in front of Mozilla, I only saw the first half of the headline, which read:

Linux-Based Musical

And I thought that a LotR musical would be bad enough...

This is good to see... (1)

MP3Chuck (652277) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437565)

Hopefully more things like this will open up the doors to more serious high-end audio tools for Linux. Lack of such things is probably the one thing keeping me from switching over completely. As for Red-Hat ... well, a custom Linux distro made for audio production workstations would garner some attention, no doubt.

Obligatory Google Cache (-1, Redundant)

gatekeep (122108) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437570)

http://216.239.41.104/search?q=cache:uhfH21MOZZwJ: www.lionstracs.com/+&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

As they say on the site, "PLEASE TO BE PATIENCE SOME DAYS......"

Do Musicians care about Linux? (4, Insightful)

StaticEngine (135635) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437600)

From a musician's standpoint, I doubt many would care what OS their sound-making device is running. Most musicians just want a device that is stable, affordable, and sounds like they want it to sound. Lots of coveted synths (say, the Access Virus C) run an embedded OS, and musicians are totally happy with that.

With software synths (Reason, Reaktor, plus the various VST and DXi synths available) gaining in popularity, a laptop and a small USB keyboard are all many electronic musicians need to get going. Factor into this the low cost (since downloading of MP3s is killing small/new artists more than it harms anyone associated with the RIAA), and the fact that even electronic musicians are not highly technically savvy ("Yo, mate, I plugged my 'board into the Insert Jack on this Mackie, becuase I want to Insert the sound, right?"), musicians will tend to go with what everyone else is using because then support is easy to find. Unless some new device offers some unique and killer sound with a dirt simple or intuitive user interface, it's just another box destined to fade into obscurity.

Re:Do Musicians care about Linux? (1, Insightful)

Entropy248 (588290) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437750)

Yeah, we care about Linux. We care that it doesn't run Pro Tools well (or at all?), (as far as I know) does not support USB output of audio, does not run any quality professional software, and will not be supported by most major soundcard manufacturers.

Re:Do Musicians care about Linux? (1)

rzbx (236929) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437771)

Musicians aren't always the ones making the decisions. Think about it this way. Would a musician be the one deciding what OS to develop on?
Many times the musician will seek help in determining what software he/she wants or needs. My friend, a musician, has been talking to me about computers, software, etc. that his group could use to record and do various other stuff. Also, I doubt that there aren't at least a few hundred musicians out there that use and maybe even develop on Linux.

Re:Do Musicians care about Linux? (1)

frodo from middle ea (602941) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437772)

Well these guys [gnu.org] definitely do.

they even encoded it in ogg.

Re:Do Musicians care about Linux? (3, Interesting)

RobPiano (471698) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437782)


Sorry man, you are amazingly disconnected with the computer music scene. Although many of are enjoying macosx now, most of us know and like unix.

Perhaps its while we are using pure-data [pure-data.org] , or STK [stanford.edu] or maybe CLAM [iua.upf.es] or by chance audacity [sourceforge.net]

Linking is getting old, but being surronded by computer music, I promise you WE USE LINUX.

Kind Regards,
Rob

Re:Do Musicians care about Linux? (1, Insightful)

cerebralpc (705727) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437805)

Musos care about cost. And Linux is cheap.
Musos also care about drivers and unfortunately Linux doesn't deliver on this like Windows does.

Re:Do Musicians care about Linux? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437836)

Maybe not, but they do care about price, performance and value. If Linux helps a manufacturer create a product that satisifies musicians, then their sales go up, and the music gets better.

On another note the people who hotrod classic instruments (like Hammond B3's) can't find enough time to do all the work that's needed. There is a huge retro market for musical instruments right now.

Times change...perhaps one day musicians might be as interested in seeing a penguin logo on the box as they were/are to see a "General MIDI" logo.

Answer: Some.. (3, Interesting)

msimm (580077) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437892)

First off the availability [linux-sound.org] is slowly but steadily [hitsquad.com] increasing. With projects like Ardour [sourceforge.net] nearing major releases even professional recording studios are starting to take note. Even the home user is finding more [sourceforge.net] useful tools available. And with preemptive [tech9.net] kernels there's lots of possibilities.

The future for Linux holds many things. Hackers composing music? You bet.

Of course we do. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7438033)

And as usual, Slackware comes to the rescue [audioslack.com] .

Now, if we can just exorcise the Free Software Song from the world's collective memory...

Re:Do Musicians care about Linux? (1)

Trogre (513942) | more than 10 years ago | (#7438094)

There's a few here [linuxartist.org] who do.

Notice the webhosting software (4, Funny)

Dunark (621237) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437631)

"This Website is powered by PostNuke"

I suppose it's appropriate if you're gonna be slashdotted.

Music Open Source software (4, Informative)

Lord Satri (609291) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437656)

Free open source software for musicians:

http://ardour.sourceforge.net/
http://audacity. sourceforge.net/
http://www.musictheory.net/

Other interesting I forgot ?

Re:Music Open Source software (-1, Offtopic)

Entropy248 (588290) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437821)

How is it possible to compare reasonably the "public test release" of Audacity to ProTools, an established industry standard? I was curious enough about open-source music to follow your badly typed link, and read that and immediately patted our studio Mac OS 9.3.3 running ProTools quietly, quickly, smoothly, and efficiently. ProTools can be $2000+ if you buy all the bells and whistles for the digital hardware. There is NO corresponding "open-source" hardware, almost by definition of capitalism no one will create one out of the goodness of their heart. Software costs almost nothing to create except time; hardware requires factories of some kind. Come back to me when you have some USB interfaces or support some standard ones so that I don't have to throw out my $2000+ equipment.

Re:Music Open Source software (2, Informative)

rute20740 (567763) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437909)

Redhat users should check out Planet CCRMA [stanford.edu] . It's an apt archive for Redhat that provides everything you need for an audio workstation.

Re:Music Open Source software (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7438143)

Ahhh! You missed some essentials for me Linux synth box...

freqtweak : freqtweak.sourceforge.net
(Nothing else can do what this does... Spectral delay comes close, but can't warp parts of the spectrum to others...)

zynaddsubfx http://zynaddsubfx.sourceforge.net/

Nice softsynth.

Song dedicated to Lionstracs' website (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7437707)

We sit in the car outside your house
I can feel the heat coming 'round
I go to put my arm around you
and you give me a look like I'm way out of bounds
well you let out one of your bored sighs
Well lately when I look into your eyes
I'm goin down

We get dressed up and we go out, baby, for the night
We come home early burning, burning in some fire fight
I'm sick and tired of you setting me up
Setting me up just to knock-a knock-a knock-a me down

I pull you close but when we kiss I can feel a doubt
I remember back when we started
My kisses used to turn you inside out
I used to drive you to work in the morning
Friday night I'd drive you all around
You used to love to drive me wild
But lately girl you get your kicks from just driving me down

sites down(/.ed) (4, Funny)

FuShock (636287) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437709)

Maybe they were hosting it off one of thier linux keyboards.

Beefy back end required... (1)

Cap'n Canuck (622106) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437740)

"To this submitter, it looks more like a keyboardized computer than a computerized keyboard."

What it is, is a music workstation - it allows you to compose, arrange, and send to disc all your musical thoughts. Whether it's music or not...

The backend to a music workstation needs to have more guts to it these days, which is why they are letting you know what's under the hood in the OS department. My preference is to have a PC that you can trade out all the components for, including recording & mixing software and hardware. This piece of hardware here is neat, but it's too much like those cheesy Casio synthesizers. JMHO

Good. (1)

Tisephone (709174) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437776)

Professional audio is one of Linux's weak points. Kernel 2.6 might help by integrating ALSA completely and making MIDI less of a bitch to configure, but there is still vast room for improvement in setup and the available software packages. Hopefully, if this is a success, Lionstracs will be investing in relevant OSS (abbreviating for "software", not "digital dog turd masquerading as a sound system") projects.

Obligatory... (-1, Redundant)

slackr (228760) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437795)

...imagine a Beowulf orchestra of those things!

A new record! (2, Funny)

twoslice (457793) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437825)

I don't think there has ever been an article that had more than 3 icons? With 6 icons - we have a new record!

Since site is down... (1)

blackmonday (607916) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437844)

Since the site is down, let me chime in with 2 cool devices I've seen lately: PC keyboard with integrated MIDI keys [edutainingkids.com] and a rack-mounted device that supports VST plug-ins without a computer [plugzilla.com] .Both look pretty cool, I though the musicians on here might find these interesting.

Zen Koan (1)

Sneftel (15416) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437877)

What is the sound of a synthesizer getting slashdotted?

yuck (1)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 10 years ago | (#7437894)

Windows keys. :(

How much? (1)

butane_bob2003 (632007) | more than 10 years ago | (#7438023)

Can't RTFA thanks to 'the effect'. Anyone know how much they are charging for this contraption? I have been in the music business for 7 years or so, never heard of 'Lionstracs'. Is this a complete digital audio workstation? Does it offer any significant advantages? I use Logic 4.7 on a G4 tower and Logic 6 on a G3 iBook. I can hook up a usb midi controller for the keyboard if I wanted one. (I prefer to click all the notes into place with a mouse..) I can't imagine anything being more powerful than Logic at this time. Other packages have been getting better, but Logic outdoes them all these days, even pro-tools.

Sounds like the Apple Alpha Centauri Synth (1)

farrellj (563) | more than 10 years ago | (#7438199)

It consisted of two boards you plugged into an Apple ][+ or better, and had a piano keyboard, and you could use the Apple to modify the patches, and create sequences, and play music on the piano keyboard. A wonderful sounding instrument that was the closest I have ever gotten to a Fairlight.

ttyl
Farrel

Movie industry key in bringing linux audio to life (2, Interesting)

blueworm (425290) | more than 10 years ago | (#7438249)

Two things need to happen before Linux can be used in a digital audio setting:

1. Drivers for at least one professional audio card need to be written for linux. I would expect to see multi-channel recording, midi, and ASIO 2.0 drivers at the very least.
2. Applications like Cubase, WaveLab, Sonar, and Reaktor need to become available for linux.

We've still got quite a long way to go before this becomes a reality, but if hollywood keeps using Linux for movies then eventually they might start demanding it for their scorers. The movie industry is key in making professional Linux audio a reality.
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