So, a new day and a new social media experience. Looking forward to trying out Mastodon.

I love Linux though am far from an expert, even after about 4-5 years as my main daily desktop. But I like learning.

My main interests are in the area of tools for writing (Emacs/org-mode, pandoc, LaTeX) and music-making (LMMS and Ardour mostly).

I've also been trying to re-activate my long-dormant programming skills via Python. But, you know, work and stuff gets in way.

Anyway, pleased to be here!

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@marsianica Glad to have you here, welcome to Mastodon, I'm sure you'll fit in great! Also, I'm sure you're far more wellversed in the specifics of Linux than I am

@LiziPancake Thanks! I get by, but there's always something new to figure out. But it's always worth it...

@marsianica Yeah, still, at least you can learn how to figure it out, unlike some things

@LiziPancake Absolutely. And my speed at learning how to learn has also increased. :-)

@redstarfish Thank you! After reading several articles about it, I thought I should just dive in and give it a try.

Weather seems nice... 🙂

@detondev Thank you! Have been inhabiting various nerd holes since about 1979 or so (with the discovery of tabletop RPGs...)

Always feels like home!

@marsianica Welcome. Start following some people you love and you'll learn many things in no time! Hope you have a good time here.

@adnan360 Thanks! Via yourself I've now already learned about Minetest, which I was not aware of. So, good advice!

@marsianica Hello and welcome! 👋 🎉

Happy to see you here! I was just thinking today: I need to meet more musicians / composers on the Fediverse. And here you are! 🙂

Enjoy the Fediverse!!

@marsianica De rien ! 😃

I started learning music orchestration, and I intent to do music writing using FOSS. I heard of MuseScore, but not Ardour, which it looks like you're using.

I'll have to check it out, as well as your compositions.

@etienne Oh, I didn't know about MuseScore. But I will check it out.

Ardour is a DAW, I don't think it does scoring, though you can use it with MIDI devices. I generally produce synth/beat backing tracks in LMMS and then add guitars and vocals in Ardour.

I'm actually not very able to read music, it's more making it up as I go along.

@marsianica Thanks for your answer. I had to look up what a DAW is 😅

But you're right, it looks like a DAW won't cut it for me, as I need to actually write music.

@etienne When I started making music again a couple of years ago I had to look up what a DAW was as well...

Yeah, different tools for different purposes. But I'm interested now in seeing whether I can get a programme to turn my recorded music into sheet music. Or at least the MIDI parts. (I do some pure-MIDI instrumentals.)

@marsianica welcome. I use Maestro on android to program music and rosegarden on linux to record my piano but I haven't had a DAW yet. Do you need any special setup for Ardour like a special kernel or smth?

@pizinge Thanks!

There was a certain amount of experimentation and finding my way when starting with Ardour.

For background: I have used it on Debian 9 and more recently on Ubuntu 20.04, both "normal" Ubuntu and also "Ubuntu Studio", which is set up for music (and AV) production.

It is no longer necessary to use "Jack" as an audio server, but I still do (as it seems to work well). You do _not_ need a realtime kernel to use realtime *scheduling* with Jack:


I also use a Behringer UMC-22 interface to connect external sources (microphone, guitar amp) to my laptops.

So: when I record I start Jack and then start Ardour (which I've set up to connect to Jack).

The online Ardour manual is not extremely helpful sometimes. But there are some good videos on YT and a lot of problems that do come up are discussed in various forums.

I was even able to do some good recording on an older machine: Acer Travelmate B117 with 4GB memory and a pretty underpowered processor.

It was very helpful to set it up under a low-overhead desktop like XFCE (that was what I had on my Debian set-up). Ubuntu Studio uses XFCE as well, though I think they're switching to KDE.

So, there *are* some set-ups that will work better than others, but you don't need a top-of-the-line system or anything fancy to get started! Hope that helps!

@pizinge Ah, also maybe important: Ardour recently released version 6. AFAIK most Linux repositories (like for Ubuntu, I just checked) have a somewhat older version (5.x). Version 5 cannot open files created in version 6; if you open a file created in version 5 in version 6 it will be converted to the version 6 format.

To get version 6, you may have to directly download the .run file from Ardour (and they may require a donation -- I set up a subscription, so I get new releases).

@pizinge If you want to just try it out, I would suggest just seeing if you can get the repo version (ver 5) working and whether it suits your needs. The *functionality* and interface are not very different between versions 5 and 6, so anything you learn with version 5 will carry over to version 6 and, as I said, any files you create should be converted to version 6 if/when you go the next step.

I don't know about rosegarden, but will check it out.


@marsianica Nice ta meetcha. Daily LaTeX user here, I use LMMS when I am too tired to make anything decent with it too

@Archivist Thanks! I've not gotten very far with LaTeX as such: most writing I do is in Markdown with a few LaTeX elements thrown in for making pdfs with pandoc. Works for my needs so far.

But I have an online course in my todo list and have a few books. So...we'll get there.

I have enjoyed working with LMMS. I only started last year and still have a lot to discover / work out.

This is a playlist of most of my recent instrumental stuff.

@marsianica My strongest advice with LaTeX is to not be afraid of reading the docs of modules and to Ctrl-F(ind) the stuff you need in them.

Also to keep your old documents as reference for stuff and factoring out the macros you make for yourself every once in a while

@Archivist Thank you! Very good advice. Much appreciated.

I never throw anything away (whether analogue or digital), so I think I have that part covered. :-)

Happily, I have access to a LaTeX guru among my colleagues should the going get tough.

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