Does anyone know about computer music production tools? I was wondering if there was a program where you could sort of layer things and save a project like that (not like a drum machine type thing but just arbitrarily place things if that makes sense) also I don't have a clue what I'm talking about so sorry if this sounds stupid

@nico There are lots of different things. I'm not quite sure what you mean entirely, but I tend to look at FLOSS projects in preference to commercial projects (especially since anything I've tried commercially for "digital art", I'm not even sure if it would run on this machine). If you mean recording (or collecting) multiple tracks, and then being able to mix them, my choice (and I don't think it's the best) for myself would be Audacity.

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@JigmeDatse Okay thank you, possibly I need to know more about what I'm trying to say. Most people have said Audacity though

@nico My recommendation of that, is more that I'm very familiar with it. I also have:

- Ardour
- LMMS
- Rosegarden
- Supercollider

installed which would be my "music production" stuff. But only the barest familiarity of these.

I think once you've got the basics with Audacity, it's usually fairly easy to figure other stuff out, if you have a basic understanding of music/audio production. The other ones can take a while to get anywhere "real" with them.

@JigmeDatse ah okay, thanks for that. Lately I definitely prefer tools (for whatever) that aren't too fussy or involve too much learning - I'm not a professional, just need to get some stuff out of my head asafp

@nico @JigmeDatse so it definitely doesn't fit the short learning curve requirement, but the first thing I thought of when you said "place things wherever" or whatever it was, was AMS. Alsa Modular Synth.

And I honestly have no fucking clue how it works.

Here's what it looks like. Good luck.

@teslas_moustache @JigmeDatse heh that's daft

I can see how it might be a great way to work for people accustomed to physical boxes and cables though

@nico @JigmeDatse ...something like that. I guess if you really are used to a modular synth this might work, but how many of those people are there?

Anyway, I don't do music production, but Audacity is very underrated imo. There's also Ardour which is a fully-featured DAW. But, again, learning curve.

@teslas_moustache @nico I like Audacity, and sometimes I want something that is "more" and look at different things.

Having looked at Ardour (and I'll keep taking looks at it) I find that it feels a lot like trying to do things in Adobe products without a background in them. You want to do something simple, and can't figure it out, and finally go back to doing it in something "simple" like Audacity and get it done in 10 minutes after having not done so in 2 hours with something "better".

@nico @teslas_moustache I see people who work with similar systems, and go "hey cool, that's awesome what you're doing there," then decide to try it out myself. I *will* say that I like supercollider if you are willing to spend some time before getting anything "cool" happening with it. But what I like about it, is there is a *great* tutorial built in (at least it is for me) which takes you from not knowing anything, to (I think) understanding how to do some really cool stuff with it.

@nico I *really* like Audacity if it would be something which would meet your needs. There are things which I *think* I wouldn't recommend doing with it. But the tools that are available in it as it stands, and that you can work with if you want *will* allow you to do pretty much anything with it.

If you want to be able to do audio recording, and multi-track stuff, and most of the "basic" stuff it's fantastic.

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