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KVRian
517 posts since 19 Oct, 2020

Post Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:02 am

DRMR wrote:
Sat Feb 27, 2021 6:53 am
I'd still like to see a video that actually shows Free Software™ DAWs, whether you avoid them or not.
As much as I like RMS, OSS and the fact that I don't have to pay 4,000 EUR for a C++ and 7,000 EUR for a Fortran compiler (with a greatly reduced price of 10,000 EUR if you take both and a 1,500 EUR/year software maintenance contract) and I highly appreciate the OSS than comes out of Google (and MS and ...) gut the real danger for freedom (not of software) nowadays are the Big Five (capitalized!).

https://stallman.org/google.html

KVRAF
27902 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Post Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:23 am

Can we talk about free DAW's again please? For anything like the stuff you're talking about: viewforum.php?f=48
Plugins and a DAW. On an operating system. Which runs on a computer.

KVRer
8 posts since 3 Jan, 2021

Post Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:44 pm

Tj Shredder wrote:
Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:24 am
LMMS was mentioned, simply add Ardour and you don’t need to look further... Mixbus is based on Ardour btw. Its mainly Mixbus without the analog flavor plugins...
More an editor than a DAW is Audacity...
Any Linux only FOSS DAW I would not take into consideration actually...
Do you think it's worth to upgrade to Mixbus 32C? I got bombarded by email to upgrade at discounted price.

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KVRAF
5525 posts since 6 Jan, 2017 from Outer Space

Post Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:09 pm

I have no idea, I don’t use Mixbus. If you are into emulations of old gear it might be, but I am not...
But Ardour is one of the few projects which can pay professional developers. One reason is that Harrison is supporting the project and they have a donation system and they deliver the pre-compiled binaries behind a minimum paywall (1$ minimum). I pay $ 1 a month to support them...

KVRian
517 posts since 19 Oct, 2020

Post Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:35 pm

PANTJA5ILA wrote:
Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:44 pm
Tj Shredder wrote:
Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:24 am
LMMS was mentioned, simply add Ardour and you don’t need to look further... Mixbus is based on Ardour btw. Its mainly Mixbus without the analog flavor plugins...
More an editor than a DAW is Audacity...
Any Linux only FOSS DAW I would not take into consideration actually...
Do you think it's worth to upgrade to Mixbus 32C? I got bombarded by email to upgrade at discounted price.
Depends. You get 4 more mixbusses with the ability to send from other mixbusses to them. And more bands for the EQs. I bought the upgrade for 60 or 70 bucks, but I could happily live without it, to be honest.
So: if you have to ask, you certainly don't need 32C.
Tj Shredder wrote:
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:09 pm
But Ardour is one of the few projects which can pay professional developers.
Most OSS is written by people who get paid for that.

KVRAF
20715 posts since 12 Jul, 2003 from West Caprazumia

Post Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:48 pm

DRMR wrote:
Sat Feb 27, 2021 6:53 am
I'd still like to see a video that actually shows Free Software™ DAWs, whether you avoid them or not.
Then what about making one and f**king leaving this thread alone already?

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KVRAF
5525 posts since 6 Jan, 2017 from Outer Space

Post Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:48 am

jens wrote:
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:48 pm
DRMR wrote:
Sat Feb 27, 2021 6:53 am
I'd still like to see a video that actually shows Free Software™ DAWs, whether you avoid them or not.
Then what about making one and f**king leaving this thread alone already?
DRMRs post was on topic, yours is not...

KVRian
517 posts since 19 Oct, 2020

Post Mon Mar 01, 2021 1:08 am

Actually the thread is about the video of the op, so not a single post in this thread has been ontopic so far.

KVRAF
20715 posts since 12 Jul, 2003 from West Caprazumia

Post Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:28 pm

Tj Shredder wrote:
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:48 am
DRMRs post was on topic, yours is not...
Except it obviously wasn't...

KVRAF
20715 posts since 12 Jul, 2003 from West Caprazumia

Post Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:30 pm

ReleaseCandidate wrote:
Mon Mar 01, 2021 1:08 am
Actually the thread is about the video of the op, so not a single post in this thread has been ontopic so far.
Pretty much, yes, and all this basically thanks to this dude rambling about Open Source (which has exactly zero to do with the original topic of this thread)...

KVRAF
20715 posts since 12 Jul, 2003 from West Caprazumia

Post Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:32 pm

Anyway: I am off to try SoundBridge again - I already had an account, but nonetheless missed that there's a V2 - which looks great...

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KVRian
567 posts since 19 Jan, 2008 from Bethlehem, PA USA

Post Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:50 pm

Cakewalk software, now that it is free, is better & more stable than it was when you had to pay for it
my newest sounds:
https://soundcloud.com/wetdentist

Cakewalk by BandLab, Komplete 12, Maschine 2 (MKI & Jam), Fathom Synth, Guitars, Jam Origin MIDI Guitar, EXH Superego+ etc

KVRer
24 posts since 4 Aug, 2007

Post Mon Mar 01, 2021 1:48 pm

wetdentist wrote:
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:50 pm
Cakewalk software, now that it is free, is better & more stable than it was when you had to pay for it
Ironic but true. Bandlab has given the Bakers the time to work on stability and it shows.

KVRist
97 posts since 19 Jun, 2013

Post Tue Mar 02, 2021 7:04 am

instred wrote:
Mon Mar 01, 2021 1:48 pm
wetdentist wrote:
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:50 pm
Cakewalk software, now that it is free, is better & more stable than it was when you had to pay for it
Ironic but true. Bandlab has given the Bakers the time to work on stability and it shows.
I think the fact that Cakewalk (by Roland and then Gibson) tried to release a new version of their flagship every year with lots of new features contributed to the end of the company.
They could instead focus on bugfixes and gradual evolution of Sonar.

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KVRer
16 posts since 3 Jan, 2021

Post Sat Mar 06, 2021 5:09 am

OT:

Zrythm is an upcoming free (software) DAW that is undergoing a lot of development: https://www.zrythm.org

I'd say it's still alpha software (creeping up towards beta), but the dev is heavily targeting cross platform capabilities and is very open to collaborative input and bug-reports to make it even better.

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