Here is a quick video for my Linux training
Ive just nearly finished a fully automated linux show system for my live performances using a mixture of programs on a linux antergos based system. Ive moved from ubuntu to arch based systems as they dont seem as bloated. This is all done on a dell xps 13 inch ubuntu laptop.
Before we start i got antergos linux installed which is based on arch just a easy way to install it. Then i install the realtime kernel, i did use the LTS RT long term kernel but i had a few problems so moved to a newer on the bleeding edge kernel and this is perfect. I then install jack-dbus which is what is used for connecting the audio connections together, i use cadence for starting and stopping jack and visually making the connections for audio and midi. I was using guitarix but was showed amplitube which is a windows / mac application which i have gladly running smooth as in linux using wine and wine asio as amplitube connects through using the asio driver nicely. Below a couple of quick tips to get this working right on arch based systems
- sudo pacman -Sy wineasio
- regsvr32 wineasio
- wine64 regsvr32 wineasio
- Successfully registered DLL
With the amplitube just go into the settings and change the driver to asio for audio once you have jack running with the wine and the wine asio drivers you should be good to go. The main hardware which has has no configuration at all really is the rubix22 audio interface and the Behringer FCB1010
– i just had to change the midi channel to number one and initialize the two pedals which is on a earlier blog. It works perfect with no problems. I had a problem getting the pedals working with amplitube and nearly gave up but in the end i sussed out going into midi in aplitube and changing recieve channel from 1 to all fixed this!! only took about a week to figure this out !!!!! the
good thing is this takes in the audio to carla and takes the guitar to amplitube nicely. The fcb 1010 controls the amplitube fully and nicely but also the linux show player sends midi signals to the amplitube to mute the guitar in between songs and then when the song starts sets the main sound i want for this song 🙂
The main part of the system which plays the backing tracks and send all the midi triggers is done with linux show player. This is the main core of the setup which you load all the songs in and build midi triggers around this to operate all the automation. I purchased a usb key foot switch and also a very cut down kodi remote with wireless dongle. The wireless remote is set to trigger the show start of stage then once on the stage the footswitch is used to trigger the next song after you have talked. When the song is started the show player will send a midi trigger to carla which does the audio effects, i have this sending one for a reverb on and off and another for a delay on and off with scope for adding a slapback delay soon. Carla is loaded with the calf studio plugins not only does the plugins calf supply sound awesome, they also look awesome! i got the rack loaded with compression and a 12 band EQ and reverb and delay. I just attached the midi triggers to the reverb and delay as the other just stay on continuous.
The last part of the automation is the light control using open dmx and the mighty QLC Plus light software now to get this connected to the lights you just need a little box which was a great price , i got the enttec open dmx box plugs and plays no problem, the only problem i had the box has a five pin out and my dmx is 3 pin so had to get a convertor which wasnt easy to get local like so although a cheap price! I connected to this two led floods a spinning head light, a laser and a smoke machine. All the hardware added as the fixtures were already in the software and watched a couple of tutorials on the website and had a light show up and running in ten minutes with lasers, smoke spinning heads the lot running! Now im just working on triggering the light shows i make with midi triggers. When i find this out ill post the triggers on this post as i cant find them online! but here is a idea of the results..
here are some handy forums that helped me along the way!!
and the guys who run linux show player here on gitter
Here you can see linux show player triggering the light shows and a static scene using virtual console and attaching midi commands!
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ubuntu edition xps running remix os
I had to give this a go! Im loving being back on android for my mobile / tablet device after not such a good time with my ubuntu touch which is sad to me. Id thought id give it a whirl on the xps, the install wouldnt work at first and had to change my bios settings to uefi which werent enabled for some reason and then i ended up with a remix os install. Loved it just like a droid with a desktop gui and all the droid features! I was amazed by how all the apps worked and even 3d games such as GTA vice ciry!! The only app that never worked was wunderlist it just crashed!? i asked the guys at wunderlist they say they dont see any support coming off. Any way the laptop run great only problem is it felt restrictive for design. To top it off install it if you want social and general usage, media etc but for coding, cropping pictures, website creation im so used to my ubuntu desktop now. Have to give these guys 9/10 as they have nearly nailed it…..
here she is in all her glory the ubuntu editin dell xps 13 back on the OS it should be running for 2017. With a happy tux!!
big thanks to robin at ubuntu fun for featuring me on his ubuntu website in germany – check it out -> http://ubuntufun.de/
love the look of this site, full on ubuntu themed 🙂
Yes its arrived, i couldnt wait for the case but check this out..
with the new release of ubuntu days away i thought id treat my laptop to a new install this time with spme of the new features that are available this time. My laptop has been through 4 upgrades and still running a dream but this time im going clean with this version having a 3 year LTS version.
here is my application list which ive made for all the handy apps i use hope this comes of use …
chrome – great web browser with plugin suport and multi device sync
thunderbird – great email appliaction with plugin features
team viewer – hany tool for administering remote computers or taking control of your computer
shotwell – slick photo storage application
gnucash – organise your accounts, great for personal or business
rhythmnbox – easy to use music player with last.fm miagration
virtualbox – run virtual machines in with in your ubuntu install
transmission – nice easy slick torrent application
terminal – get total control with your terminal, great for remote management of computers
diodon – very straightforward clipboard tool
shutter – the best screen shot tool available for ubuntu
filezilla – slick multi platform ftp client supports secure connections
steam – here is one for the linux gamers, more title being added daily
everpad / nixnote – two great apps for evernote. Everpad intergrates into the task bar
gimp – the alternate to photoshop for linux – lits of tuts and plugins available
dropbox – external storage available on all platforms and devices
remmina RDP – great remote desktop app for controling windows computers or vnc connections
openshot – great application for movie / audio editing
kazam – want to record your desktop and voice for giving desktop tutorials?.. kazam is the one
brasero – all in one cd / dvd burning application
handbrake – rip your dvd’s to different formats for devices or to make film smaller
ubuntu software centre – find and install applications you need from here
gparted – great tool for making partitions and formatting hardisks or usb keys
audacity – audio editors tool box supports multi track and has effects
ardour – musicians multi tracking tool
unetbootin – make bootleable usb keys supports many distros
indicator sticknotes – nice little sticky note app with colured notes and lock to desktop
libre office – word processor and spread sheets with microsoft compatability
wine – great app for running windows applications and games
easytag audio file tag viewer/editor – tag your albums and songs easily
vlc – plays any movie you throw at it!
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Release Dates
In keeping with the release schedules for the last 2 release cycles, Ubuntu (proper) will participate from the final beta milestone onwards.
Ubuntu’s siblings, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Kubuntu & co, will be available for testing sooner, with two alpha and beta milestones available to them.
- Alpha 1 – December 19th (for flavours)
- Alpha 2 – January 23rd (for flavours)
- Beta 1 – February 27th (for flavours)
- Final Beta – March 27th
- Release Candidate – April 10th
With the final release scheduled for: