Meeting Notes for November: Synth Your Life Away

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:28 -- JackC

300 Rockefeller Hall, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Lightning Talks

Ed Nisley: I may be hard of hearing, but I am not in Denial!

Ed has been using Hearphones from Bose. Seems his audio range gets somewhat restricted around certain voice ranges, and these help him out. They look like your standard "around the neck" B;luetooth headset, save for the microphone elements on the outside of the earpieces. These "Binaural" microphones work with some cool software to assist the wearer in hearing either group or personal conversations by both removing ambient "noise" and by allowing the headset to focus audio on a particular speaker.

Ed presented his experience with the unit, along with his perceived Pros and Cons.

Main Talk

Matthias Johnson and Mike Muller - Synth your Life Away!

Mike and Matt tag-teamed an excellent discussion of audio and making music under Linux. Accompanied by keyboards and software, they began by walking through some of the history of audio on Linux, followed by a little Music Theory and on to the Tools that allow you to acutally put things together.

The early Linux sound handlers were discussed (OSS, ALSA, Desktop Audio Daemons), then more recent elements, such as Pulse and Jack. The issues with each were presented.

Matt talked a little about music theory, specifically going over a quick look at Equal Temprament and Just Intonation.

Eventually, we got to the music! A few of the tools they illustrated were:

  • Patchage
  • Audacity
  • qTracker
  • LMMS
  • Reaper
  • zynaddsubfx

With each tool, Matt and Mike provided a short example of how to use them, and if appropriate, creating a short sound segment with the tool.


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