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Your Free Open Source Music Studio [Kindle Edition]

G.W. Childs IV
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Music production can be an expensive and daunting task - but it doesn't have to be. YOUR FREE OPEN SOURCE MUSIC STUDIO provides a complete walkthrough of free and shareware applications and plug-ins that will have you sounding like a pro. Get your hands on cutting-edge software by trying out new plug-ins from the developers of tomorrow. Not only will you get software applications and plug-ins that rival those professionals and enthusiasts pay top dollar for, but you'll also learn where to find audio software to ultimately build the recording computer of your dreams at a fraction of the cost. YOUR FREE OPEN SOURCE MUSIC STUDIO starts off by guiding you through the plethora of choices involved in purchasing a computer and the right hardware. Then it swiftly assists you in finding and acquiring freeware and shareware software that will have you making music in no time. Covering DAWs, synths, FX, drum machines, and more, this book is your key to building an
efficient, cost-effective setup so you can get back to doing what you love -- making music.

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About Your Free Open Source Music Studio

  • After starting his own company, funding it entirely on his own, author G. W. Childs realizes the difficulties faced by those just starting out. Learn more about his journey, the tools he found, when and when not to spend money, and how to do it.

    "[T]he main point in writing this . . . is to let you know what's out there if you just ask."
    --G. W. Childs (from the Preface)

  • Takes readers deep into the world of open source music software--where the new, the innovative, and the affordable is key.

  • Explains how you can get your hands on free DAWs, plugins, and other useful freeware and shareware for your studio.

  • Provides tutorials on how to use the various programs available.

  • Fills in the gaps where you need it by detailing specific instructions for installing shareware software on multiple operating systems even when no clear instruction is provided by the developer.


Introduction. 1. What is Open Source Software? 2. The Open Source DAW. 3. Virtual Instruments- Synths. 4. FX. 5. Corrective Plug-ins. 6. Virtual Instruments- Drums/Percussion. 7. Niche Plug-ins. 8. Where to find more.

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  • File Size: 2104 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology PTR; 1 edition (February 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Cengage Learning
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B7RF9TC
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a chatty and general overview of how you can build an open source music studio that is essentially free and low cost. The book reads well and summarizes many different kinds of software, mixing software, studio software, fx software and synthesizer software very well. The book has, for my interests, two limitations. One is that the information is already a fair bit out of date. Many items of free and open source software are not mentioned and some of the ones mentioned have already undergone some significant evolution since the book was written. Two is that it handles a lot about Mac and PC software options, but very little about Linux option, even though Linus has strongly pioneered open source. Linux Multi Media Studio is not covered. The book, too, is almost a catalog of what you can get and some description of the features to consider. But there is nothing about how, for instance, to interface DSSI plug ins with Rosegarden or LMMS, what kinds of audio cards are most compatible with which software choices, and how well the WINE Linux program allows Linux users to use music software for a PC or Mac.

Part of my commitment as a reviewer of computer stuff is to come from the Linux angle and give a review that helps Linux users know what is going to work for them and what is best left alone to save time and money. This book has almost no advice that I feel would have been worthwhile for a person trying to set up a Linux Studio (which I have done). I use Linux Mint OS 9 (which piggy backs on Ubuntu and runs everything Ubuntu does fairly easily). I have found that people need to research which multi-core chips run best on Linux, because Music software puts the CPU through the paces and is likely to find any weakness in the chipset that can cause a kernel crash.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Extremely basic, and dated October 9, 2011
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This is a pretty ugly book, large fonts basically doubling the page count of the rather thin material, and it's extremely basic. Insultingly basic I'd say for many potential readers, if someone is thinking about employing open source software for a music studio, it seems plausible that they'd know what a synthesizer is, right? And the software lists are quite outdated.

Honestly this book should be a website with updated links to the recommended software.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected October 29, 2011
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"Your Free Open Source Music Studio" by G.W. Childs IV is not at all what I expected. While the book tries to give a general overview of how to get going using low-cost or no cost options for your in home music studio, it really rather falls short. Much of the equipment that is shown looks like it is more retro than what most musicians - or in my case, producers, who want to make their own in-house film scores would find useful. Most photos look ca. 1980's or very early 90's at best. While the author does talk about Apple's Garage Band, it definitely looks as the example was at least three or more upgrades ago. That isn't recent enough - not when media moves so fast these days. Let's be honest: In this realm, you cannot afford to be behind the times. The information needs to be as fresh and recent as possible, and the instruments cannot look as if they came out of a pawn shop inventory ten years ago.

Other disappointing aspects of this book: The fonts are too large for the actual text of the guide and then the index font size is incredibly small. Add to this that nowhere in the entire book is there a single URL for anyone who might be interested to download the softwear. Yes, you can Google the information, but why would anyone want to do the extra step that the author should have done in the first place? Understandably, information of this type is usually obsolete before it comes off the press - but this book looks as if the authro sat on the information at least a number of years. In product manuals or how to manuals of this source, there should not only be an index, but rather a resource and contact list at the back of the book. This information would have been so essy to put in but for whatever reason, the author didn't bother. It wasn't useful for me as a filmmaker and I would not recommend it to other music producing and filmmaking colleagues or friends of mine either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could be a good reference guide, if re-released yearly September 21, 2011
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I've Googled for free recording software products over the years, and most of what I found (including shareware) was included in this book. Contrary to popular belief, a musician on a budget CAN create a home digital software studio that will produce as great of quality recordings as if you used Pro-Tools. The key is in finding the best free, shareware, and time limited programs available, combine them together, then figure out how to smoothly make them work together. That's exactly what the author of this book did.

Mr. Childs basically found the programs for you, explained them, then compiled them into one book, breaking them down by category, such as synths, DAWs, and even some hardware like mic cables. The descriptions are lengthy, but fully explanatory. The only thing that concerns me is that some of the program information is outdated. I think the author would do well to either:

A- Make this book a yearly updated release, like Open Source 2011, Open Source 2012, in order to keep the information up to date in the fast paced, always changing world of software programs, or,

B- Thin the book down to general information, covering the basics of some programs, then mainly add extensive links in the book that lead to maybe a "Members section" for people who own this book where they can find the latest news on the latest programs, tips and tricks for using each program and possibly a message board community to share info. That would turn this book into a 7-star review!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Your Free Open Source Music Studio
This book is kind of a mixed bag for me. On one hand, it provides some real good information on putting together an open source music studio with free to cheap out-of-pocket. Read more
Published on July 8, 2012 by In the AmaZone...
2.0 out of 5 stars Dated
If you are just starting off and looking to record your music, then this book isn't a bad place to start. But to echo a lot of other reviewers on here, it's very dated. Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by Seth C. Dortch
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Comprehensive
Childs is incredibly generous with his resources and information that will help us create music much less expensively than were we to try to research how to do so on our own. Read more
Published on April 5, 2012 by DJY51
3.0 out of 5 stars Helps you find instruments, but what do I do once I've found them?
This book, on its face, will appeal to anyone wanting to bootstrap their computer music career. Thanks to the information in this book, I was able to find plenty of new... Read more
Published on March 6, 2012 by epl53078
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed
I am of two mind son this book. It does list a lot of Open Source stuff that you can ta into and I like that. Read more
Published on February 9, 2012 by TorridlyBoredShopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Your free Open Source Music Studio shows that you really can create...
Your Free Open Source Music Studio presents the plethora of open source software that is available for the three main PC platforms including the Mac, Windows and Linux. Read more
Published on January 25, 2012 by Patrick Regan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Yes, everything in this book can be found online, but it's REALLY nice to have it all together in a volume with some explanation and instruction. Read more
Published on January 4, 2012 by Kristi Gilleland
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent book
This book is a good place to start for someone just starting out in music production on their computer. Read more
Published on October 7, 2011 by Claire Jordan
2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated?
I thought that the topic of this book might prove to yield a useful book for a look into software used in the music industry and for hobbyists like me. I was proven wrong. Read more
Published on September 20, 2011 by M. Luke
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Basics
The title of this book is a little bit misleading. Although you COULD put together a studio's worth of software, entirely free/open source, it would not really be possible to put... Read more
Published on September 19, 2011 by Rachel B. Ramey (blogger/author)
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