Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Ardour rocks!!

I have been using linux to record music on my computer for about 7 years now. And let me tell you, it hasn't been easy!
My goal is I guess quiet simple. I like to record guitar riffs and add some drum and a bass line to turn it into a song. I have tried many different setups. Guitar plugged directly into the onboard sound card, I bought a Soundblaster Audigy card, I have tried rosegarden to record bass lines, played with premade linux audio distribution, compiled my own low latency kernel... At the end, I spent more time trying different setups and playing with software than actually record the guitar.
I finally arrived to a setup that works quiet well and allows me to do what I want:
-standard ubuntu 9.04 running on a dell-ubuntu laptop with a core 2 duo 2Ghz
-Here is how I connect my guitar to the computer: guitar->standard guitar cable->Boss GT8 ->Guitar jack to USB cable ($40 in any music store) -> USB port on the laptop
-Hydrogen to create Drum track
-Ardour to record the Guitar and control Hydrogen
-QjackCtl and Jack to connect Hydrogen to Ardour (Jack is started automatically by ardour)

I plan to buy a cheap used bass guitar that I will connect to the laptop with my Guitar jack/usb cable and record it the same way I record the guitar.

And that's it!
Ardour allows me to create tracks, copy/paste pieces and when I'm done I just export it to a .wav and burn it to a cd.