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

Ferenc Wagner wferi at niif.hu
Sun Jan 11 15:52:23 PST 2009

"Justin M. Streiner" <streiner at cluebyfour.org> writes:

> 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?

Everything is pre-recorded, but it isn't only about cueing the sounds,
but also about varying their mix (see also my other reply in the thread).

> 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.

Yes, something like that would probably be a good idea.  At least for
triggering some sound effects (even though their sequence is strictly
specified, some flexibily is desirable).  But slowly ramping channel
volumes I'm not sure about.  Is that possible to initiate by some
events?  One part of the setup could be the sequencer, but the
"ambient" part may need something else.  But what?

Hmm.  I could program up sending synthetic channel volume control
(MIDI) events from an external program to some looper.  Which looper
can receive external events?  As far as I know Ardour can't loop
independent time slices on different tracks, so I need something else.

> 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.

Fortunately that's off the plate for now. :)
Thanks for taking time,

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