Re: [linux-audio-user] Acid for Linux ?

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Subject: Re: [linux-audio-user] Acid for Linux ?
From: Patrick Shirkey (
Date: Mon Dec 09 2002 - 08:13:52 EET

Mark Knecht wrote:

>>But we have a few that provide similar functionality.
> No, we do not. I haven't seen anything (yet) that provides a similar
> paradigm to the way Acid works with wave files. (And I do run Acid.)
> (2.0, 3.0 & 4.0)
> The Acid paradigm is that a track holds just a single wave file. Usually
> that wave file is only 1-2 measures, but it can be more. It can be cut
> to less within the track. There are an unlimited number of tracks.There
> is a tempo for the overall piece. When you paint the wave file in, it
> just paints in whatever part of the wave file you want at that point in
> the track.One wave file is some drum beats, one is some keyboard riff,
> another is some vocal bit. You just paint them in where you want them.
> If you know what you want, and if you have the sample library, you get a
> full blown song in about 10 minutes.
> I have not seen (yet) anything in the Linux area that does this at this
> time.

The only thing we don't have is this painting concept. I agree that
could be a useful addition ;)

Audacity has rudimentary support for drawing samples by hand. That could
be a good place to extend from.

I don't understand from your description how you choose the sample which
will be painted in. Is it automatic based on the location in the strip
or do you have to pick it from a list before you start brushing and it
will be rendered (from the start of the sample ??) wherever you choose?

When sweep has layering support it could be made to work in a similar

Pick a sample from a basket, drop it to the location and if it is out of
time nudge it.

Ardour already provides for that.

I have done a fair bit of work with audacity by selecting the sample,
copying it and dropping it into the place I want it. You have to start
with enough silence to make editing easy. I find about 2 minutes is
enough to get started. When I am finished I just remove the unwanted
strips. Given the right sample library. I could probably make something
in 10 minutes if I had to.

No paint brush though, just hotkeys.

No matter what we use we still have to get the right start and end for
the sample. How does ACID make that any easier?

Patrick Shirkey - Boost Hardware Ltd.
For the discerning hardware connoisseur - The Linux Audio Users guide

Being on stage with the band in front of crowds shouting, "Get off! No! We want normal music!", I think that was more like acting than anything I've ever done.

Goldie, 8 Nov, 2002 The Scotsman

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