How to export Garageband files so that they work in other Digital Audio Workstations

Garageband is a Digital Audio Workstation for MacIntosh. It is easy to use and comes with lots of loops and sounds you can use in creating music.

Garageband is only available for Mac, however, and if you plan to collaborate with others, then you need to find some way of getting your tracks out of Garageband in a way that will allow other systems to use the files. The best file format for doing this is .wav/.aiff (which are the same thing). Every DAW worth the name should be able to import and export this file type.

This is not something you can do with Share/Export: while it is possible to export a Garageband project as a . Read the rest of this entry »


Using WAV samples in ARDOUR

It took me ages to figure this out, so here’s a quick note.

There are lots of free instrument samples on the web (and commercial ones you can purchase). To use these in a recording you need a sample synthesizer or engine that can play them.

There are several file types that are used, but the most common are “SoundFonts,” WAV, and AIG.

For sound fonts, a good ARDOUR plugin is the CALF Monosynth; for WAV files (and lots of other formats), the samplv1 looks like it works really well.

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Getting MIDI to work in Ardour/Jack

I’ve been struggling for a while to get MIDI to work properly in Ardour—i.e. in a way that didn’t involve hand drawing of MIDI notes. Since what was stopping me was of the “is the computer plugged into an outlet” variety of problem, I thought I’d say what I fixed here.

The problem

The basic problem was that I couldn’t get any MIDI controller to register a note in Ardour. I could (I thought) hook up the connections correctly in JACK (and I was in fact doing it correctly), but no matter what I did, I couldn’t get my inputs to be reflected in Ardour when I tried to record. More annoyingly, it had worked in the beginning when I first set Ardour up. Read the rest of this entry »


Fixing QJackCtl

A really brief note on how to fix a problem with qjackctl not starting jackd. If you don’t understand this, then it isn’t relevant for you.

The problem: QJackCtl can’t start the JACK server

Was having trouble with QJackctl (a daemon for running Jack, connection software required for media production software within Ubuntu):

1) D-BUS: JACK server could not be started. Read the rest of this entry »


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