canopic jug writes:
ASIFA-Hollywood is encouraging its members to try popular open source software programs for themselves and to participate in the online communities. In particular, ASIFA is recommending Audacity, Blender, Gimp, Inkscape, Krita, Notepad ++, Open Broadcaster, and Synfig. The goal is to foster better tools and art for everyone.
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood continues its commitment to open source animation technology this month with a special development sponsorship to Synfig, a 2D vector graphics animation program. The amount awarded was $2000. This grant will help keep their new developer employed full-time, working on bug-fixes and improving stability of the free and open source software. ASIFA members are encouraged to download and experiment with the software today at https://www.synfig.org/#download.
Audacity is cute and useful but if I had to do anything beyond the absolute basics of working with audio and I had to do it in Audacity I would be extremely unhappy as a professional. If you only need to cut/paste sound around, do trivial mixing, or apply basic dynamic range compression, Audacity is a good tool. It would be frustrating to try to use it for something like audio/video work in an animation that is anything besides dead trivial.
Ardour is open source:http://ardour.org/ [ardour.org]
Ardour is open source and I gave a good faith effort at giving it a shot - I'm not a fan. I think the thing I liked the least about Ardour was that it sent each of it's internal tracks out to JACK and then back in again paying the latency cost with it of a few milliseconds (this can be configured). I use a lot of tracks and process real time audio with the DAW in monitor mode (an unusual use case) and that latency started adding up for me and became annoying.
I also dislike the UI.
I would prefer to use Ardour over Audacity if I had to make an animation though, that's for sure.
It's a few years since I tried Ardour and I didn't like it at all. Not sure if they added midi functionality at some point in time, but back then there was none, so it was of little use to me having been a long time ProTools user. Using Logic Pro these days which I like, though I haven't been doing much recently.
Ardour definitely handles MIDI now - I needed it in a reject project. I was using the sustain pedal on a keyboard to generate MIDI events that were being consumed by a Lua script I wrote that would open and close a noise gate. Aside from not being well documented the Lua scripting system in Ardour wasn't bad.
Maybe it is time to take another look at Ardour then. Thanks!
No problem, glad to share some info. Personally I prefer Reaper over Ardour quite a bit and SURPRISE! Reaper targets Linux now in unofficial builds: https://www.landoleet.org/dev/ [landoleet.org]
I've been using Reaper on Linux now for a few months - it has some limitations but it is highly reliable. It has not ever crashed on me which I found amazing.
Or there's non-tools [tuxfamily.org]
I don't see what the problem with audacity is, the .aud file format sucks but anything else is likely PEBKAC where people who didn't learn to record and edit on tape have hundreds of tracks because they can't bring themselves to commit / bounce.
Try setting up an auto-ducking system in Audacity - it would take a specific plugin. With a full DAW you can do something like auto-duck by arranging a signal processing chain and splitting the detector input from the input that will be processed on a dynamic range compressor. That's just the start.
Sometimes dead trivial is what you need. I re-open Audacity about once every 3-4 years it seems, and when I do I'm glad that it's not a "professional grade" tool with all the power and configurability of something like Blender.
As for Blender, I wanted to throw out: OpenSCAD as an option that might appeal to aspiring 3D designers around here. If you participate in a site like Thingiverse, you should, eventually, figure out what each tool is good for - like I did. I mention OpenSCAD because I "got into" Blender first and ended up wasting a lot of time trying to make it do things that OpenSCAD is much better at. In short: Blender is better for Art - put something here, close enough, keep going we've got a thousand more features to add/tweak. OpenSCAD is better for procedural - I want this pattern to repeat this way with exactly this spacing calculating the exact tangent from here, O.K. now let's do that again but make all these parts 2mm thick instead of 1.5 and don't scale up the other dimensions...
Gimp is a popular one to kick around, but after 12+ years of dealing with it, and 8+ years of dealing with Photoshop before it, it's almost second nature to me now. Again, 99% of the time I open GIMP I just need some simple select, copy-paste, scale, maybe a little color balance, save as .png with transparency, done. I am glad that GIMP _can_ be used that way, more easily than Blender.
Nice to see Notepad++ getting some love in that list. In Linux land gedit (and, sickly, nano) is my alternative for that - just due to their relative ubiquity and ease of installation when not already present.
you should try Joe https://joe-editor.sourceforge.io/4.6/man.html [sourceforge.io]