Playing and Recording Guitar on Ubuntu


When I moved back to Linux from Mac, I was a bit worried about finding replacements for two programs: Garageband and iMovie. While I don’t really need those applications, I do like to create media from time to time. I’ve found replacements for both. This is the workflow I am using for my guitar.

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This setup enables me to play my guitar into my headphones and add some effects. It also will do multi-track recording.

The guitar effects processor is Rakarrak (install). After making the movie below, I found an amazing multi-track recorder called Ardour (install) that I prefer over Audacity.

With this setup I plug my guitar right into the computer, slip on my headphones, and off I go.