Monday, August 9, 2010

Play and record guitar on your Linux box!

I have recently found about GUITARIX, a very interesting project for Linux. Essentially, this software modeling amplifier is similar to other products already available from companies like Line6, only 100% open, available for the most popular Linux distros and, of course, free of charge.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Not sure how many a video is worth, but watch (and listen to) this demo, it is quite impressive!!

As you can see, all guitar tracks came from Guitarix. They are mono tracks, which are then routed into the JACK audio server, which in turn can patch them through to Ardour track inputs. All the recording was done in Ardour, apparently.

I am yet to try Guitarix myself, but wanted to share it over here because I think it is a great tool for all of us doing Audio production in Linux. Should you want to install it, please follow the instructions from the official site. In the case of Ubuntu/Ubuntu Studio, instructions are simple:

1.- Add the Guitarix repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:falk-t-j/lucid

2.- Update your sources:

sudo apt-get update

3.- Install Guitarix

sudo apt-get install guitarix

If you do install it or have done so already, please share your experience by posting a comment here!

Thanks for reading


  1. Guitarix was just the thing I've been looking for to take the place of Line6 gearbox, making it possible to record exclusively in Linux!
    Great stuff, and a fantastic article! Keep it up!

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