Linux Audio

Rated Blue “JOY” Album Art

  A whole Blog post about an album release!!?? Well yeah, albums are a big deal around here, especially ones that have taken as long to finish as this one.. If you’re only gonna to be a blip on a newsfeed or forum might as well pack as much info in as you can. “JOY” is the third 7 song set by Rated Blue and was originally intended to be released in 2017 after our second “Turnabout” album.. “Turnabout” dealt largely with what was happening in the American 2016 Election and dealt with the (at the time) preposterous notion that Donald Trump was the front runner… what an uhm… err… ‘surprise’ when he became much more than that.. The unexpected inversion of reality in the Western world, a marriage ending and other factors contributed to a severe case of artistic apathy and a couple of completed songs for “JOY” sat and languished forgotten until recently when the Muse’s whispers once again could be heard and some new ideas took form. An added inspiration was the addition of a new friend and collaborator Dave Williams who appeared in our studio with the band of a good friend I was doing some paid work for. Dave is a retired music teacher and lifelong musician and was right at home with our Hammond L-100 organ and Leslie having taken the same rig on the road years ago. After their first session here Dave told me “hey, if you ever need someone to play Hammond on any recordings give me a call”, it was all I could do not to kiss him! Rated Blue is a guitar trio and I have always thought if we ever gained a collaborator they would need to be much more than a ‘keyboardist’ but someone who actually knew how to play Hammond as an instrument unto itself with the switches, drawbars and Leslie and all the good stuff that makes a Hammond a Hammond. For the universe to put that exact human being right into our obscure little studio in the middle of nowhere is nothing short of a miracle..

  “JOY” collects songs new and old,  some being written 20+ years ago that have been dabbled with and demoed but never properly recorded and released with a band (Mesmerized, Engine 18, Joy). In addition are songs that range from a couple of years old (Wrong Foot, Don’t Let Me Linger) to the newest being written within the past month or so (My Brother John, Chances Are) Although there is a cohesive theme underlying the selection of songs on JOY it is not as singularly focused as Turnabout was. Previously we’ve always tried to record and present songs as we would perform them live at shows but this time we let the songs dictate what they needed and as a result they are much more stylistically and sonically diverse than anything we’ve done yet. The extra texture of the Hammond in turn opened our ears to experimenting with more keyboard sounds and Vocal harmonies to complement the full wattage power-trio sound we have had from the beginning, the bare-knuckled baritone telecasters, Peter Cox’s “magic mortar” bass playing and Connor’s explosively precise drumming are still very much intact and the song arrangements have become a little longer and more adventurous as well so we’re kind of excited to push this baby out the door!

  We are fortunate to have produced this album “DIY” with our own independent Studio and Label. We also have enjoyed the freedom of using our own Studio Operating System and a great combination of Open Source and Commercial Linux-based Audio software, the DAW we used is Ardour, an excellent project getting better all the time. The DIY aesthetic has long meant independence from large music labels and corporations but it is important for musicians to realize the creative tools you use can also be independent from large proprietary Software companies on the production side of things. The album is linked here to Soundcloud for free listening for anyone but releases will soon follow next week on Spotify, Google Play, Apple Music and all major streaming platforms, if you like what we’ve done and you subscribe to any of these streaming services please consider listening and following us on them to help us build more of an audience and earn a small return on our invested time and effort. We are aware of how many places there are for people’s attention to be divided in this day and age so we are very grateful to anyone for taking time to listen, critique or comment, it is very much appreciated! 

Here is “JOY”

 

Now on Spotify (and all other major streaming services)..

 

 

 

  Well… sometimes things don’t go exactly as planned and in the software world that is often the case, now that AV Linux 2020 has been out for a while some known issues have come to light so here is some information in case you’re affected..

Issue 1: Some Users have reported PulseAudio doesn’t connect to the Audio hardware or takes its sweet time to connect.. A Google search of this problem yields quite a few hits especially with Ubuntu users so this seems to be a known PulseAudio problem affecting some systems and not necessarily specific to AV Linux.. What happens is, if you boot into a session the PulseAudio applet on the panel displays with an ‘X’ which means it’s muted and a notification tells you “Establishing connection to PulseAudio. Please wait…”. Some people report that it doesn’t connect at all, some report that after a minute or two it connects and others report that on a reboot it works as expected with no further issues.. The problem seems to be with PulseAudio writing it’s config files in $HOME/.config/pulse and since it occurs elsewhere and doesn’t affect everyone the only ‘fix’ I can suggest is to try rewriting the pulse folder and files by opening a regular Terminal and using this command:

mv ~/.config/pulse ~/.config/pulse.old

Then restart PulseAudio’s sound server manually with this command:

pulseaudio --start

Issue 2: This is a big one…literally! AV Linux uses Systemback to create it’s bootable ISO files and to copy (install) and uncompress the Live ISO filesystem to your hard drive. The original developer of Systemback ceased development almost 4 years ago and as time has gone on more and more people with newer computer systems are needing support to install to NVMe SSD drives which Systemback didn’t support… just before AV Linux 2020 was released a User tipped me off to a fork of Systemback that now supports NVMe drives, of course I was ecstatic to see the NVMe problem solved just like that! Well… the good news is NVMe installs work, the bad news is that this fork of Systemback has a bug that seems to install AV Linux to NVMe and all types of hard drives as expected but it installs both the usual way to the User selected HDD partitions and it also additionally seems to retain the Live filesystem in a “/lib/live/mount” folder and copy it to the Users hard drive. Now “/lib/live/mount” is a necessary folder on the Live ISO but it is not necessary at all on the installed system so in effect Systemback is double-installing the AV Linux filesystem in 2 different locations which is not harmful or detrimental in any way to performance but it makes an install take up much more hard drive space than it should with a copied over useless folder containing the entire filesystem! A few Users had reported surprise at how large the installed filesystem was and one User did the homework necessary to identify the problem (thanks Dan!) So despite this annoying new issue let me reiterate it does no harm to your system and is quite unnoticeable in daily use but of course who wants Gb of wasted space on their HDD!? The solution is brutal but simple, we simply need to remove the useless /lib/live/mount folder which can be done in 2 ways… The simplest way is to open a Root Terminal and issue the following command:

*NOTE! THIS IS FOR INSTALLS OF AV LINUX ONLY, DO NOT DO THIS ON A LIVE ISO!!

rm -rf /lib/live/mount

Deleting the mount folder and contents may take several seconds…For those who don’t feel comfortable issuing a Root command and want to click a button I have made an updated AV Linux Assistant that will do this with a button, this updated Assistant also will install “winetricks” and provide a button to run it for those who want to further customize Wine-Staging as a newly added feature as well.

The updated AVL Assistant is here:

http://bandshed.net/packages/AVL-2020/avl-controlpanel/avlinux-assistant_12.0-buster1-3_all.deb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*ADDENDUM: An updated 1.9.4 version of Systemback which fixes this issue has been provided (Thanks Franco Conidi!). If you’ve deleted the folder referred to above and wish to use Systemback to make your own customized ISO or for it’s backup capabilities then you will want grab it and install it. Download the ‘tar.gz’ folder and extract it, run the ‘install.sh’ script as Root and follow the terminal prompts and it will upgrade Systemback to 1.9.4.

Find it here: http://bandshed.net/packages/AVL-2020/systemback/systemback-install_pack-1.9.4.tar.gz

Issue 3: The ‘EQ10Q’ plugins don’t display their GUI’s in Ardour… Ugh, this is a long running issue that results from the EQ10Q Plugins being compiled with a different GTK2 version than the one in Ardour.. This type of persistent issue is the reason that many developers of Linux Audio plugins are abandoning Desktop toolkits (GTK 2,3 and QT) and using much more compatible X11 libs to create Plugin GUI’s. To obtain a set of these plugins that will work with Ardour is is necessary to uninstall the existing ‘eq10q’ package with Synaptic Package Manager and then go to the EQ10Q Website here:

Home

 

These may not be the only issues in AV Linux 2020 but these are the most currently prominent ones, more may be added to this post in the future…

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AV Linux 2020.4.10 RELEASE NOTES!
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AV LINUX 2020.4.10 IS RELEASED!

AV Linux 2020 DesktopAV Linux Software DemosCinelerra-GG Video Editor

  Shortly after the Christmas holidays some time opened up for me to work on an AV Linux update and as time went on the rumours about a new respiratory virus started to permeate the mainstream media and now here we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic! So it is with mixed feelings but much gratitude I release the latest ISO of AV Linux 2020. I am very thankful for the multitudes of talented developers and collaborators from all over the world whose incredible work I get to present and share on this little DVD-sized serving platter, my compliments to the chefs!! It occured to me recently that with the exception of Ubuntu Studio and perhaps the CCRMA project AV Linux is the longest running Linux Audio Distribution out there, As with many DIY spare time projects there have been times of ebb and flow and even a few times when continuing seemed to be impossible but I have to say the odds were never great for a Canadian farmer to pull this off in the first place and it’s still here!

  Unlike older versions of AV Linux this LiveISO is not aiming to provide an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink experience, running Linux Distros live off thumbdrives is fun but in the real world nobody is going to spend a sustained amount of time using any Operating System to it’s full potential from a USB Key… what’s possible isn’t necessarily practical. The idea here is to focus on a fast, efficient and attractive base and complement it with strong front-running applications to showcase good performance and reliable software with an eye toward practicality and economy. Ardour and Mixbus32C are great included DAW examples but what makes AV Linux a good platform for Ardour also makes it a good platform for Qtractor, Reaper, Bitwig, Renoise, Waveform or whatever DAW you prefer. For those not experienced with Linux Audio the intention is to answer your questions before you know to ask them and provide most of the laborious ‘next steps’ that would be required if you were to start with a basic vanilla Linux Distribution and configure it for the best Audio performance.

  For those who may doubt the seriousness or potential of such an independent homespun DIY project to be of any value I ask you to to simply try it and see, download it, copy it to a USB Key with Unetbootin and boot it. Read the User Manual (the only one of its kind in Linux Audio) and hopefully you will see that the countless hours invested in curating, compiling, maintaining and ‘fixing problems you didn’t know you had yet’ since 2007 have some merit and will provide you with a fast, productive and powerful platform to create top shelf multimedia content that can go toe to toe with any platform out there…

Now go create a masterpiece!

*WHAT’S NEW!?

Moved to Debian 10 “Buster”
New 5.4.28 RT and lowlatency Kernels (Thanks Trulan Martin!)
New Systemback fork with NVMe support – *not tested here, plz give feedback!
Added Pulseaudio Bluetooth module and BT support frontends
Disabled Automounting of External drives on LiveISO, it can be re-enabled post-install
*Some Users viewed automount as a security intrusion..*shrugs
Removed all KDE libs and Kdenlive, too much bulk and ISO space for one application
*Kdenlive can easily be installed from Debian or Flatpak post-install
Added latest KXStudio Repositories compliant with Debian Buster
Added New Thunar Custom Actions including Sample editing and Image manipulation
Completely rewritten ‘AV Linux Assistant’ with many new features
Consolidation of many small AVL scripts and apps into AV Linux Assistant
Consolidation of extra Plugins into a single ‘avlinux-extra-plugins’ Package
Added many new Fonts for Graphics projects
Added new feature to update 3rd Party Repo GPG Keys from ‘Quick Update’
Added new extended software platforms ‘Flatpak and Docker’ and their Repos
Now featuring the Demo Version of Mixbus 32C 6.0.652
Added Applied Computer Music Technologies Demo Plugins
Added Auburn Sounds Demo Plugins
Added Cut Through Recordings Demo Plugins
Added OvertoneDSP Demo Plugins
It’s SFZ Heaven! added SFizz and LiquidSFZ to complement SFZero and linuxsampler
Added Surge Synthesizer *gui doesn’t work in Ardour/Mixbus
Added Tunefish4 Synthesizer *gui doesnt work in Ardour/Mixbus
Added Sitala Drum sampler
Added “B” Plugins
Added Airwindows VST Plugins
Added Flameshot Screenshot editor to replace deprecated ‘Shutter”
Added FAudio packages and repository to support Wine Staging 5+

*WHAT’S UPDATED!?

Updated AV Linux User Manual for latest Release
Updated Theme and Icons to recent Numix GIT
Synced to latest KXStudio Updates
Synced to latest Cinelerra-GG build
Synced to latest Wine-Staging version
Updated linvst to 2.8
Updated pajackconnect script to 1.0
Updated Hydrogen Drum Machine to 1.0.0 beta
Updated Polyphone to 2.0.1
Updated Yoshimi to 1.7.0.1
Updated Dragonfly Reverb Plugins to 3.0
Updated Ninjas2 Plugins
Updated Noise-Repellent to 0.1.5
Probably much more… I didn’t write it all down.. 😳

*GO GET IT!

Download (and please only) download from the mirrors on the AV Linux Webpage. If you find AV Linux useful after a reasonable evaluation period please consider supporting my time invested by using the PayPal Donate button. Any amount is very much appreciated and to those who have donated in the past you have my sincere gratitude, I’m not always available to send a personal thanks but please know your donations are very important to support upstream applications and Kernel development and they let me know that you think this work is worth continuing!

Hold on! Please RTFM First: http://www.bandshed.net/pdf/AVL2020UserManual.pdf
AV Linux Web Page: http://www.bandshed.net/avlinux/

For tech support issues please post in this thread at linuxmusicians.com:

https://linuxmusicians.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=21286

Pleas see this post containing some important known issues in AV Linux 2020.4.10

AV Linux 2020.4.10 Known Issues:

AV Linux 2019.4.10 has been released (8 days early!) 😉

This release is basically an update of the ISO that fixes a couple of annoying bugs from the 2018.6.25 release with some notable updates and additions. It will mark the last release based on Debian Stretch and sadly it will also be the last release of the 32bit version. Future AVL development will focus on Debian ‘Buster’ and 64bit only. In the meantime I think this 2019.4.10 version will provide a fast, stable well prepared platform for AV Content creation for quite some time.

CHANGELOG:

Refreshed expired Repository Keys for WineHQ and Spotify.
Updated and Fixed Repositories for New Cinelerra-GG site.
Updated and Synced all Debian and 3rd Party Repos (including KXStudio).
Fixed VBox Guest Additions removal script to allow /etc/rc.local to remain executable and enable Automount of external drives. (thanks korakios)
Fixed missing ‘linvstconverttree’ in LinVST.
Removed some obsoleted udev rules.
Installed and configured new Numix Circle Theme with AVL Customizations.
Updated Mixbus Demo to 5.2.191.
Updated LSP Plugins to 1.1.9.
Updated LinVST to 2.4.3 (now provided and working on 32bit and 64bit ISOs).
Removed redundant ‘ArdourVST’ build on 32bit ISO.
Updated Dragonfly Reverb Plugins to 1.1.2.
Added KPP-Plugins 1.0+GIT
Added AViDemux (very handy Video tool)

New to AV Linux?

Please RTFM: http://bandshed.net/pdf/AVL2019UserManual.pdf

Find it here: http://www.bandshed.net/avlinux/

Best Regards and Enjoy!
Glen

Hi everyone,

AV Linux 2018.6.25 (aka “50 years of GMaq!”) has been released, I have entered a new decade today and want to celebrate with an improved AVL Release..

The April AV Linux 2018.4.12 release had a lot of improvements and updates with regards to the Audio and Video applications but some improvements needed to be made for systems with UEFI booting and systems with recent AMD Video display adapters not covered by SGFXI. I personally have no UEFI (or AMD) computers to test with and only could use VirtualBox for UEFI testing and thanks to bug reports from a few users and several fixes provided by our forum member ‘korakios’ I think many of the issues for actual hardware UEFI machines have now been addressed. If you have already successfully installed and updated AV Linux 2018.4.12 then you will not really need to be concerned with the updated June ISOs.

Fixes/Improvements:

-New 4.16 kernel with full RT Preempt and improved support for newer AMD Video cards.
-threadirqs was accidentally removed from the grub boot options, now fixed.
-UEFI boots that failed due to missing FAT32 ascii modules should now be fixed.
-Unetbootin boot failures due to missing FAT32 ascii modules should now be fixed.
-Virtualbox Guest Additions will now be automatically removed on Non-Virtualbox installs.
-Cinelerra 5.1 (aka Cin) has a new functionality to support LV2 Audio Plugins (initial release, may require restart on first run).
-LSP Plugins are updated to 1.1.2
-Cleaned up wrong menu entry of ZynAddSubFX JACK multi
-Updated relevant info in the AV Linux User Manual.

A huge thanks to korakios for the work on UEFI improvements and trulan for the updated 4.16 kernels, thanks also to those who provided bug reports and tested ISOs, your time is very much appreciated!

The linuxaudio.org mirror up and running, Bytemark will come online sometime in the next few days.

Get it here: http://www.bandshed.net/avlinux/

AV Linux 2018.4.12 has been Released!!

*BUGFIXES

-Updated 4.9.76 RT Kernel with KPTI ‘Meltdown’ security patch (64bit AVL Only) – Thanks Trulan Martin!
*KPTI can be disabled at boot, see Manual page 76, Be aware no 32bit KPTI patch exists!
-Numerous important fixes to compatibility with KXStudio Repos – Thanks falkTX!
-Updated and fixed outdated Cin 5.1 and Spotify Repositories.
-WineASIO now works properly.
-Removed Grub-Customizer because it doesn’t work on UEFI installs.

*NEW ADDITIONS

-ISO files now have accompanying MD5 and SHA256 files, verify your downloads! (Manual page 5)
-Optional ‘lowlatency’ Kernels (Required for Proprietary Video Drivers) – Thanks Trulan Martin!
-Optional ‘SGFXI’ Proprietary Video Driver Install (Requires ‘lowlatency’ Kernel).
-UEFI install (64bit AVL only) *So far only tested in VBox! – Thanks korakios and arjepsen!
-Wine-Staging replaces Debian’s Wine packaging and WineHQ Repos have been added.
-Added firmware for Echo Audio devices
-Dynamic CPU Frequency adjustment (in ‘Settings’ menu) – Thanks korakios!
-Realtime Quick Config scan to check system tuning – Thanks raboof!
-Standalone AV Linux DD LiveUSB Writer to create ISOHybrid LiveUSB keys – Thanks Tony Brijeski!
-Simple Killswitch Utility to shut down unwanted processes.
-Kdenlive is back on the menu!
-Yoshimi comes back! – Thanks Will Godfrey!
-Xhip Synth and Plugins http://xhip.net/ – Thanks acidose!
-LinVST (64bit AVL only) – Thanks osxmidi!
-SFZero SFZ Instrument Plugin – Thanks osxmidi!
-Noise Repellent Noise Reduction Plugin – Thanks lucianodato!
-Added new Shuriken Beat Slicer Repositories – Thanks rockhopper!
-Added Dragonfly Reverb plugins – Thanks Michael Willis, rghvdberg!
-Cool Retro Terminal… it’s just for fun!

*NOTEWORTHY UPDATES

-AVL User Manual is now 130 pages with numerous additions, expanded content and clarifications.
-Official bundled builds of Ardour 5.12, ArdourVST 5.12 (32bit AVL only) – Thanks Paul Davis, Robin Gareus et al!
-Harrison Mixbus 4.3 and Plugin Demos- Thanks Ben Loftis, Robin Gareus!
-All Applications and Plugins from the KXStudio Repos are synced and updated – Thanks falkTX and all FOSS developers!
-AVL Drumkits LV2 0.2.3 – Thanks Robin Gareus!
-Cinelerra ‘Cin 5.1’ Video Editor (SO many improvements!!) – Thanks Goodguy, Phyllis!
-LSP Plugins 1.1.1 – Thanks sadko4u!
-Shuriken Beat Slicer 0.5.1 – Thanks rockhopper!
-Polyphone 1.8.
-Quick Updater Utility cleaned up.

*THANKS!

anahata, ByteMark, and Jeremy Jongepier at linuxaudio.org for Download facilities!
rockhopper, NUMAflex, drwhat – ISO Testing
jjfro, drwhat, ufug, magicalex and all other Manual Proofreaders!

*KNOWN ISSUES

-KPTI will introduce a performance hit, it’s debatable how much it will impact Audio work but it does have an impact.
*KPTI can be disabled which will restore performance but leave your machine vulnerable to the ‘Meltdown’ exploit.
-Booting is slower on UEFI computers and getting to login takes longer.
-A recent update of Unetbootin no longer works to create bootable LiveUSB Keys of AV Linux 2018.
-AV Linux contains a new AV Linux DD LiveUSB Writer to write LiveUSB Keys with DD
-For those on other Deb-based Distros this is packaged here:
http://www.bandshed.net/packages/avl2usb/avl2usb_0.1.1-avlinux8-1_all.deb
-Otherwise writing to USB Key with DD from commandline will also work.

*NOT SO FAST!!

If you’re new to AV Linux or Linux Audio in general you NEED to RTFM!
http://bandshed.net/pdf/AVL2018UserManual.pdf

*OK, GET AV Linux 2018 HERE!:

http://www.bandshed.net/avlinux/

*PLEASE DONATE IF YOU CAN…

The documentation for AV Linux alone is a time investment of many hours not to mention curating an entire OS that is convenient to use and ready for professional grade Audio and Video production at your fingertips. My sincere and heartfelt thanks to those who have already donated and supported the project. It is my own choice to share my time and efforts on making AV Linux available but I think in the bigger picture communities work best when when there is engagement by both sides. I would also ask that that people consider donating to falkTX’s KXStudio project which has greatly enriched not only AV Linux but also all Debian/Ubuntu derivatives..

Please consider hitting the yellow Paypal button on the AV Linux website, ANY amount is welcomed and appreciated thanks!

Glen MacArthur – AV Linux Maintainer

Hi,

I have to fess up to being one of those weird people who has always bought and listened to a bands ‘live’ albums. To me a significant measure of a band’s talent was how convincingly they could perform their studio material in front of an audience. Now obviously live albums still exist but are certainly far less prevalent, In the current computer-assisted production age we also now have whole genres like EDM and related synth and sample-based music that don’t really benefit at all from live performance. I also enjoy these genres so my love of listening to live recordings is simply a personal preference and not intended as a put-down of any other particular music form.

Over the past 6 months or so Rated Blue has been trying out Harrison’s Mixbus 32C DAW and initially recorded ourselves rehearsing live on a few cover songs we were working on arranging for our trio. 32C has far exceeded our expectations and been a joy to work with so we decided to collect our sessions and release a Digital Album on Soundcloud. Some of these songs have arrangements radically different from their original form and some are fairly closely preserved, some have already been posted as works in progress but are presented here in their final mixes with the complete album.

You may well ask… Covers!? but why!?

As someone who is both a writer of original material and also with a long history of playing covers I’m often a bit amused by the smug derision that some people express against playing covers. Everything I’ve learned about playing my instrument and writing songs has come from covers, I have also felt fortunate to pay my respects to my influences by interpreting their work and keeping it alive by playing it to new listeners. Lastly covers have paid for most of my gear over the years and allowed me to enjoy many a special shared experience with audiences and customers who also love those particular songs. I love the freedom of performing original material but helping people celebrate the milestones of their lives by performing some of their best-loved tunes is also an experience we enjoy on a personal and band level.

Well anyway, here it is. Thanks very much for taking time to listen 🙂

Admittedly as a middle-ager I’m still getting my head wrapped around how music is shared and promoted now, certainly it’s no secret that you need to be seen as much as heard, marketing your band without a Social Media and Youtube presence today is becoming increasingly difficult. When we built our new studio in 2014 I realized we would need to be able to handle both Audio recording and Video production, we didn’t have much of a budget left for the Video side of things so I figured if and when we got around to putting something together it would have to be ‘low rent’. After a couple of half-hearted and decidedly ‘meh’ attempts I decided we better give this a try for real and below is what we came up with…

As expected we used AV Linux, with Ardour and Cinelerra as the main software tools, I’ll try not to get too elaborate with the details but I’m sure some folks will want to know about the nuts and bolts. We recorded 8 tracks live to Ardour 5.5 through a Presonus 1818VSL Audio interface while simultaneously recording with 4 Video cameras. The cameras were a dog’s breakfast of 2 aging Zoom Q4HD’s, a Sony HD Camcorder belonging to our bass player Pete (sorry can’t remember the model) and lastly a Samsung Note 4 Smartphone (which actually had the best video quality!?). I used the custom build of Cinelerra-CVA included in AV Linux to edit the video, I know Cinelerra is a very maligned and misunderstood application in the Linux world but I love it, I worked on editing this for many hours juggling a very full arrangement consisting of 4 separate Audio and Video streams from each camera as well as the multitrack export from Ardour and it didn’t crash once. All the Audio and Video streams had to be synced manually and then I added some graphic overlays I made in GIMP. To push my luck I did a screen capture of the Ardour session and then added it as a synced Picture in Picture track just cuz…

Dual-head editing with Cinelerra:

 

It was a bit of a long night by the time we got the sound and video equipment all set up and then we blew a few takes, by the time we nailed it we were getting tired and grumpy which injected a little extra fire into the final result. 😛

OK, ’nuff said, here’s the video:

My AVL Drumkits sound libraries have been around for a couple of years, recently I had a discussion with Robin Gareus and Ben Loftis of Harrison Mixbus about the possibility of including them in Mixbus. Robin suggested it might be cool to make them into something more visually appealing and in a very short time between many hours of programming genius on his end and a Bandshed studio drumkit photo session on my end Robin knocked it out of the park with a really cool LV2 plugin! Here is the result!

*ALBUM NOTES*

“Turnabout” is our second Rated Blue album release and follows 2015’s “Three Walls Down”. Where “Three Walls Down” was initially a collection of songs for posterity “Turnabout” is a more cohesive collection influenced and written against the backdrop of the 2016 US Presidential Election (no we’re not American but when the neighbor’s house is on fire you pay attention!!). Our core musical inspiration remains the gut-level immediacy of the Blues within the collaborative interactivity of a guitar trio but stylistically and sonically Turnabout roams much farther afield than it’s predecessor and is possibly best summed up as ‘Alt-Blues’.

Turnabout opens with “Straight Up” a funky inspired plea for the media to cut to the chase. “The Second Sister” takes a look at gender and sexual equality. “When You Got a Name” leans heavily toward Prog and examines lives left behind by the cult of celebrity . The latin influence of “Turnabout” traces the insidious rise of Reality TV and it’s troubling consequences. “Unsteady” surf-rocks out and rips on the unreliable nature of mavericks and “You” asks for the return (or perhaps the beginning) of accountable leadership. “Man On a Wire” closes the album with a collection of vignettes and finishes with a last unresolved chord.

If you are a Blues or Rock fan becoming weary of well-worn Blues cliches and tiring of flashy virtuosity we invite you to give Turnabout a listen and hope you’ll find our ‘songs-first’ mentality an appealing alternative within the Blues/Roots genre. Thanks for reading (and listening).

We’d love to hear from you, if you’re on Facebook ‘likes’ are (unfortunately) the new band currency. Most festivals and larger venues now hire bands based on Social Media profiles so if you like the album and are on Facebook giving us a like is a great way to support us. Thanks!!

Rated Blue on Facebook

Glen, Connor and Pete – Rated Blue

*STREAM/LISTEN*

Turnabout is also available to be streamed on paid subscription services like Spotify, Google Music, iTunes Radio, iHeartRadio etc.

*PURCHASE/DOWNLOAD*

Turnabout can be purchased directly from our Artist page on CD Baby, or is available as a Digital download on Apple iTunes, Google Play store, 7Digital, Amazon MP3 music and most online music retailers!

Simply search ‘Rated Blue’.

Physical CD’s will also be available soon for purchase from our CD Baby Artist page or at Rated Blue shows.

*PRODUCTION NOTES*

*For those who care about such things (completely optional reading ;))

Turnabout was produced in our own recently built ‘Bandshed‘ studio using a combination of Open-Source and Commercial Linux Audio software with AV Linux (a Linux-based Operating System specifically geared to multimedia content production). The DAW used was the phenomenal Ardour 5 and additional plugins by Ardour Team, Harrison Consoles, linuxDSP/OverToneDSP, DISTRHO, Guitarix, Infamous, U-he and Calf were also used. We experimented a lot with mic placement, room ambience with a stairwell mic and simple line delays to re-create the natural sounding ambience of the room and also employed additional obvious effects like Flanging, Plate Reverb and Delay. A Presonus 1818VSL was used as a recording interface. An exciting new addition partway through production was the MOD-Duo guitar processor and it is featured throughout the album in various places and was one of many methods used for tracking guitars. We kept the big Red-Zep drumkit very much the centerpiece of the song arrangements but unlike our previous album “Three Walls Down” the vocals and guitars are much more layered on Turnabout. The drums were tracked live with no click tracks and for the most part vocals and guitar solos were tracked in complete takes without extensive digital edits.

We are very grateful for the excellent work being done in Linux Audio by Open-Source developers and are also appreciative of the investments in Linux as a professional Audio production platform by companies like Harrison Consoles and U-he etc.