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

Thomas Vecchione seablaede at gmail.com
Sat Jan 10 19:20:26 PST 2009

For the record, I still use Ardour to build the cues beforehand, I was just
referring to playback during the show with the below post.


On Sat, Jan 10, 2009 at 10:19 PM, Thomas Vecchione <seablaede at gmail.com>wrote:

> 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
> ideal.
> 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.
>       Seablade
> 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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