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Old 05-11-2007, 04:23 PM   #1
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Audio Editing and Production Software


Anyone here do any professional audio editing and production work? If so, what is your opinion on the best software to use (preferably open source and free - as in money)? Are there any licensing issues involved with the software is the product is sold for a profit? What recording equipment do you use, and where can it be acquired?

I am thinking of doing some audio work for a music CD and need some input. One thing I can think of right now I would need is the ability to take a plain vocal tone and make it sound like it is in a world class music hall, with all the sound dynamics that go with it.

Any advice?
Old 05-11-2007, 05:31 PM   #2
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Hey !
I'm doing the same thing ! After months of research and help from members on this forum, this is what I've got.

A fast dedicated only to audio PC with large GB hard drive, a Pentium 4 in my case, a duo-core might work better but I can't afford a top end duo-core. 1 GB of memory to start with maybe 2 GB in the future, a M-Audio 44 4 track sound card with a M-Audio Buddy, Shure SM57 microphones for voice and instrument.

The three most important software items are the Mandriva 32 bit enhanced multimedia operating system offering close to realtime throughput, an all inclusive ALSA sound package that will control your PC and hardware and Audour recording and production software.

As an introduction to music production on Linux, I recommend the following packages that operate from the command line, SOX, LAME and Ecasound. These packages will get you started when you have the hardware.

Setting the machine up to work exclusively with the free ALSA software components has been one of the most gratifying experiences that I have used to create a music PC, it's like having a tube based amplifier controlling the quality of the sound coming out !

I'm still building the PC in my spare time for my daughter who is a music major in college.
Old 05-11-2007, 07:26 PM   #3
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There are a number of distributions that are entirely dedicated to multimedia tasks: 64studio, jacklab, ArtistX. If those sound interesting, you can find more information by having a look at Whether those are really useful, that's for you to decide - I just wanted to point that out such distros are available - and usually for free.

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Old 05-11-2007, 09:16 PM   #4
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the only dowside for using Linux as a music production box is hardware support it very limited but ther are some good choices still you just have to keep it simple. M-Audio 1010 or 1010LT will give you 8 chanels and looks kind of like the best choice right now. 1010 and you get a rackmountable breakout box with 1/4” ins and outs.
Old 05-12-2007, 10:51 AM   #5
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M-Audio's stuff is good. I've also been using 64Studio and am quite happy with it. I used to use Fedora+PlanetCCRMA. I switched away from it because it was a little much and the PlanetCCRMA packages tend to be a little dated.


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