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Re: [electronicmusic-152] Re: linux audio and kids

From: bill
Sent on: Saturday, August 30, 2008 10:19 AM

My two cents for getting kids up and running making music quickly and simply on Linux is to use the Hydrogen drum machine:

Combine this with Audacity for recording vocals and kids could be making their own hip-hop songs very quickly...


On Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 7:31 PM, michael <[address removed]> wrote:
On Fri, 29 Aug 2008, Ian Smith-Heisters wrote:

On Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 9:07 AM, Dan <[address removed]> wrote:
The only true distro that I have used that is dedicated to audio, video is
Ubuntu Studio which has come a long way. I use it routinely (Ardour 2) and
VST is getting better support.

However, I think the audio software will need more firepower than what an XO
Laptop might bring to the table...

Ardour might, but IMHO it'd be more educational to keep to simple
things like basic synthesis, which wouldn't require a beefy machine.
You could have a lesson on the physics of sound and demonstrate using
something like Pd (maybe Pd is a little arcane for kids, though).


Dan raises an interesting point. I too enjoy teaching electronics, computers,
and audio stuff to kids, and I agree that Ardour is very com;plex.

What do people recommend as simple audio tools that don't overwhelm beginners
and let them quickly get to the point where they are having fun?

I agree that Pd is arcane for beginners.


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