View Full Version : Recording for Penguins

January 19th, 2006, 09:22 AM
OK, I don't actually want to record penguins nor am I a penguin myself (at least not at this moment). I'm referring to Linux. Does anyone know of any good and easy-to-use recording software for Linux? I'm not interested in making albums on my computer or anything. I just want something that would allow me to record my guitar over one of the backing tracks posted here. I figure I'm at the point in my guitar skillz now where I can try this. I also would like a recorded history so I can see how I've progressed (or regressed as the case may be).

January 19th, 2006, 09:29 AM
Here is two that looks nice, havent tried them since I am on a Mac but the specs seems good.



December 12th, 2006, 02:37 AM
Marnold have you tried either of those yet? I been messing with some liveCD versions and enjoy SLAX pretty well... easy boot from CD for my system but it has no audio recording software in the boot.. although one can be added.. I think Audacity has a linux version to.. I am thinking of attempting to add one of those to the Slax liveCD disk eventually.. once I remember how to do all this stuff... anyone wishing to see linux on their system booting from CD ... this has a nice basic setup which I am on at the moment actually.. and one of the very very few that burns to cd, boots and works as described. http://www.slax.org/

December 12th, 2006, 07:49 AM
this has a nice basic setup which I am on at the moment actually.. and one of the very very few that burns to cd, boots and works as described. http://www.slax.org/

Well, I found out that this is a very simple Linux setup... there are lots of modules on the site that makes this about fool proof.. you just download them into the module folder and redo the cd with the included batch file , burn it again and you have a system you want.. Audacity is there and works just the same.. but unfortunate for me this Audigy soundcard card I have is not supported for inputs.. just outputs.. oh and NTFS file systems are read only..sigh, seems I need to wait yet another year for Linux to catch up... but this SLAX does boot nicely and supports alot of audio cards and graphics cards... video and music files work great as it is from start...

December 12th, 2006, 04:55 PM
Well, I use Slackware 11.0 as my only OS so I don't need something like Slax, although it is very cool. I have been using Audacity successfully.

December 13th, 2006, 12:41 PM
Glad to hear Audacity is working fine under your Linux system. This brings up a few questions I hope you can answer.

I would like to use a liveCD of linux for Music and web browsing and as you know SLAX is a good start and is actually run with Slackware. Which sound card do you use and does it support the inputs as well as outputs complete with mixer console? What are the best sound cards for a Linux system? it seems sounddrivers for linux are confusing at the least. Is there a multiple setup to recognize which soundcard you are using? Have you taken a look at other programs like Audacity under Linux?

Would be nice to have a little 3.5 LiveCD or usbflash liveOS and carry a usbflash for song storage along to play on any x86 based computer no matter which OS it is running at the time.

thanks for any help.

December 13th, 2006, 01:14 PM
I have a Creative Labs Audigy. All of that good stuff is supported via ALSA, which is a part of the 2.6-series kernel. It's been a long time since I had to do anything to configure a sound card in Linux. The only thing I had to do to configure my Audigy is turn up the levels in alsamixer. If I remember correctly I had to crank the Line and Analog Mix sliders to get Audacity to "hear" my playing through the line in.

December 13th, 2006, 07:32 PM
tried that with the mixer etc....no luck.. do you have the external box for line2? or plug into line1? I have ALSA drivers loading... just the inputs seem to have nothing on them.. im using the external but also tried line1 with no luck.

December 13th, 2006, 09:42 PM
The only thing I had to do to configure my Audigy is turn up the levels in alsamixer.

I looked into what you mentioned Marnold... Thank You... I found that the mixer they supplied on the Distro just didn't have enough options.. installed Kamix and all is well! Audacity recording fine now.. thanks again!

December 14th, 2006, 07:30 AM
My pleasure. I'm always happy to help with penguin-oriented projects :)

November 17th, 2007, 06:19 AM
My pleasure. I'm always happy to help with penguin-oriented projects :)
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