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Re: [school-discuss] On music making software: A voice of dissent or reason?

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Mike and Tom have provided good starting points to Davids question, 
especially because they are active users. Anyway, I'd like to add the 
standard pointer for those interested:

Anyone looking for linux sound apps should seriously check Dave 
Phillips page at http://linux-sound.org . Further resorces can be 
asked of in the mailing lists mentioned there, Linux Audio User is a 
good choice here.

And there's the AGNULA [1] project, which at least for the Debian 
part of it has betas of a multimedia distribution.  I don't know, I 
think they have an ISO at their site. There are instructions in the 
mailing lists regularily how you can set up the apt package manager 
to get the distro from a repository over the net, so that may be the 
best way to set up a test box. 

I will follow the development of the AGNULA project with an eye on if 
it might be useful for schools. At the moment I am busy with 
exploring didactic questions of the use of audio apps, it looks like 
I will be starting my paper in winter.

- - Burkhard

[1]: www.agnula.org - The site is, hmm, sometimes it is criticized as 
lean and unedifying, so be sure to check the mailing lists if you 
won't find your solution at the website.

On Tuesday 11 February 2003 12:56, you wrote:
> hello,
> i think tom is talking about MAKING IT and my first instinct is,
> well he already made his midi files and has a means to make more,
> so how to get it into more hands???  that's where .mp3 and .wav
> duplicating and download sites come in.
> linux definitely has the edge in these duplication and distribution
> tools. i REGULARLY run multiple automated scripts producing
> multiple audio books, multiple .mp3 music tracks, "ripping" an
> input audio cd while writing an output .mp3 audio cd while i am
> writing scripts and programs, researching on the internet,
> listining to our broadcasts, emails, ALL AT THE SAME TIME EVERY DAY
> once i made an even dozen audio books in parallel on a
> compac/athalon i paid $600 for at office depot :-)
> in fact, as i write this i am importing a cd of montiverdi's orfeo
> (opera), burning an audio book cd master of middlemarch (eliot) to
> cd-r, and creating an audio book of heart of darkness by joseph
> conrad.
> you simply can't do that on windows.
> but i've been doing it for YEARS - no crash, no burn.
> here's the software i use [snip]
> timidity to take it to wav 
> http://www.onicos.com/staff/iz/timidity/
> audacity to spiff it up http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
> sox to finish the wav distribution  http://www.spies.com/Sox/ note
> : this is "the swiss army knife of audio tools" - no propriteary
> product is even half as good.
> lame to create the mp3 product http://lame.sourceforge.net/
> another great tool that the $$$ distributions can't touch.
> cdparanoia to use a finished audio cd as the starting point
> http://www.xiph.org/paranoia/
>  "Use your CDROM drive to read audio tracks.... and have it
> actually work right!"
> #1 midi to wav :
> http://www.onicos.com/staff/iz/timidity/ [works great, use it all
> the time]
> mike eschman, etc ...

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