[Ardour-Users] How to give a sound "presentation"?

Thomas Vecchione seablaede at gmail.com
Sat Jan 10 19:19:51 PST 2009

Sadly there is no good sound playback software suited for theater in the
linux realm that I am aware of.  Nothing really works well, though in a
pinch you could set up a sampler and launch based off that, it is far from

What you really will want will be on OS X or Windows for the time being.  On
OS X QLab is one I can strongly reccomend, in fact I use it almost
exclusively now for theater sound design.  It is closed source, but the
basic version, which is more than enough for many shows, is free(As in beer
obviously).  Also on OS X is Cricket for a bit more money.  This is better
suited for mixing of live audio signals on the computer in with playback,
but for shows I don't have to deal with live audio I strongly reccomend QLab
over it.  For processing of Live Audio I tend to write patches in Pd, but
Cricket is better suited for it out of the box.  This is also closed source
proprietary software(Cricket).

On the Windows front you will have more choices, but for those running on a
budget Sound Cue System is a good one to look at I have been told, but the
'standard' for this type of work typically is SFX by Stage Research these
days.  I am not personally a huge fan of it, but havne't used their new
version(Disliked their older ones) which I have been told has major
improvements.  Like SCS this is also closed source proprietary software, and
you will need to pay for it.

Sorry I can't give you any open source options, I just haven't seen anything
yet that is well suited for it, and haven't gotten anything written anywhere
close to a usable point myself yet.


On Sat, Jan 10, 2009 at 9:29 PM, Justin M. Streiner <streiner at cluebyfour.org
> wrote:

> On Sun, 11 Jan 2009, Ferenc Wagner wrote:
>  I was asked to help producing a play.  The play is about sounds! :)
>> I think I can achieve the desired result with Ardour, but I have to
>> accomodate timing variations by the actors.  Which means I can't pre-
>> record everything and just play that back...
>> Which (preferably Linux) software do you think would be the best for
>> such a task?  I imagine having to need to push space only during the
>> play, and the software would do the necessary crossfades, play back
>> short noises or just keep looping something if left alone.
> Do you need record bits of the show for playback later in the show, or are
> all of the sounds pre-recorded and you need need to cue the playback at
> specific times, based on the performers' actions?
> If you're playng back pre-recorded sounds, you could bring in a sequencer
> like Rosegarden, or load the sound effects into a kit in Hydrogen and
> trigger them as needed from Hydrogen.
> I'm not 100% sure how you'd handle it if you need to record bits of the
> show for playback later, but you'd definitely need to have a highly
> optimized workflow to get the bits recorded, cleaned up, and sequenced.
> I'm also pretty sure some of the other people on the list will have some
> better ideas :)
> jms
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