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Open Source Alternatives – Audio Production

Ardour

As you well know, high-end technology and limited budgets don’t usually go hand-in-hand. But, for those of us that are advocates for integrating technology into educational environments, we run into tight (non-existent) budgets. Couple that with high expectations from students and we’re stuck trying to figure out how to deliver the software needed for meaningful content creation, without a pile of cash on hand.

As an Avid Certified Instructor, and advocate for Pro Tools software in general, I want to at least be fair and say that their pricing structure is one of the best I’ve seen. For $295 a student can purchase Pro Tools 9, with no software limitations, and has access to free updates for four years!

On the other hand, for schools that want a 1 to 1 ratio for their students, $295 per seat can get expensive fast!

The wonderful thing about this current technological age, is the sheer volume of open source software. This software is free to use and many times offers the same quality experience as the products we pay so much for! I’ve come up with a list of four pieces of software that I have used (and enjoy using). These have not replaced Pro Tools for me, but they do a great job in teaching the concepts and allowing students to have the same software at home without them illegally downloading a cracked version.

Ardourardour.org (OSX, Linux)
Audacityaudacity.sourceforge.net (OSX, Linux, Windows)
Linux Multimedia Studiolmms.sourceforge.net (OSX, Linux, Windows)
MuseScoremusescore.org (OSX, Linux, Windows)

What other open source music software are you using?

Where else are you using open source software?

One Response to this post so far

Maudie Stevinson
June 10th, 2011
7:29 pm

This really is a wonderful article. Many thanks for spending some time to describe all this out for us. It is a great help!

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