Here is my new piece “Recurring Dream”. It is a kind of style I like most of all, and I would like to compose more like this. It uses various instruments: paino, violin, viola, flute, horn, clarnet, and synth. The percussion are some samples from VSCO library and the kick is from my library that I synthesized with GeonKick developed by me for my studio, but I have released it as free software.
Here a is list of samples (released under CC-BY 4.0) that were synthesized with my own developed kick synthesizer GeonKick. I am developing it for my home studio Geontime, but its code is under GPLv3 and you can find it here. It is still in the very beginning stage, and I don’t know how usable can be for others. A newer version will come (working on it now) with more complete features, but I don’t know when it will be ready. Compression, distortion, and reverb effects over some samples were done by using plugins in Ardour.
Now the synthesizer have only two oscillators: base (sine, square, triangle, sawtooth), and noise. The GUI part gives the possibility to draw the frequency and amplitude envelopes for oscillators. It also has two audio outputs for Jack. It is standalone, and it is still not a plugin. The next version will have 3 oscillators, 1 MIDI in, two audio outputs, envelopes (amp and freq), and filters for every oscillator. A general filter and an amplitude envelope.
Some of the samples were already used in my composed music. “Evening” ones are used in the current piece I am working now.
Until now my workflow was LMMS->Ardour. Than I updated Debian and LMMS (repo version) started to crash. I thought It was due to some plugins, but not. I have compiled the new version of LMMS, but it doesn’t compile the ZynAddSubFx plugin. Anyway I had plans to move completely to Ardour.
Now I succeeded to compile Yoshimi as a LV2 plugin, so, I have started to work on a new idea purely in Ardour.
Here are my main thoughts about Ardour MIDI editing:
Sometimes the first note of a region is not played.
Transition, for example, from one chord to another often the previous chord is still played and clashes with the current cord (it may be from the synthesizer, but I don know).
Note dynamics (velocity) is visible only by color nuances. That is not so practical. Not event saying that there are a lot of people with dichromacy.
I think piano roll is the right thing, and there are other issues regarding MIDI, but I’ll see if my experience will change after some pieces created.
I am happy to announce my new piece called “The Girl from La Defence”. This time I have learned a little more about LMMS and started to use better the synthesizer. I have compiled the LMMS from the last master commit, and it now supports copy multiple selected tracks. I sill have problems with finding good strings, but I don’t know… we will see.