Monday 12 December 2011

Re-amping with Guitarix and Ardour

I've been playing about with Guitarix and Rakarrack recently. Both are software effects boxes that can be used to model different amps, cabinets and effects chains. But sometimes you just want to play guitar and worry about fiddling with knobs later, or maybe you've put in a great recording, but wish you hadn't put that echo on. This is where re-amping comes in.

Monday 28 November 2011

Pocket Pod Tux

 Tux created by Larry Ewing
One of the cheapest and best known options for guitar multi-effects is the Line 6 pocket pod. It's been around for a while and I'm not going to review it, except to say it produces sounds and like any modeller it gives you the option of trying out different tones. What we're interested in here is that it can be tweaked from your computer via USB.

Sunday 27 November 2011

Let the right noise in

Connecting a guitar (or any electric instrument) to a computer is not as straightforward as you might hope, no matter what software you're running. While your soundcard probably has a stereo jack in and a guitar has a jack socket you probably realise that just plugging one into the other wont get you very far.

Friday 7 October 2011

JACK for audio passthrough on Fedora 15

It turns out that Pulseaudio (The top layer of Linux's sound system, which finally means that sound Just Works for the most part) is not great at handling audio pass through (or monitoring): that thing where you plug something into your computer's line in and it comes out the speakers. There are three things you can do: