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Music production tools at the Ruby Drink-up of Sophia, September 2011

Music production tools at the Ruby Drink-up of Sophia, September 2011



A complete chain of music production tools making good use of Ruby....

A complete chain of music production tools making good use of Ruby.
Presented at the Ruby Drink-up of Sophia Antipolis on the 6th of September 2011 by Muriel Salvan (@MurielSalvan).




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    Music production tools at the Ruby Drink-up of Sophia, September 2011 Music production tools at the Ruby Drink-up of Sophia, September 2011 Presentation Transcript

    • Ruby in a music production tool-chain Sep 6 th 2011 Muriel Salvan X-Aeon Solutions http://x-aeon.com
    • Who am I ? Muriel Salvan Creator of X-Aeon Solutions Open Source Lead developer and architect Fights for software freedom
    • What is a music production tool-chain ? Songwriting Recording Mixing Mastering Distribution Promotion Statistics Backup
    • Why new tools?
      • We want:
        • Automated tasks
        • Deterministic and precise processes
        • Processing power handling high quality audio
        • Low costs on software
        • Integrated software with existing applications
      • => Software constraints: Free, Simple, Precise, Automated, Extensible, Can be integrated easily
    • Why new tools?
      • Existing music software:
        • Very costly
        • Lacks precision and determinism
        • Big complex integrated frameworks
        • Automation and plug-ins use proprietary protocols
        • Rarely handles high quality audio
      • My specifications:
        • Free => Open Source
        • Simple => Several independent tools
        • Easy integration => Command line interface
        • Automated/Customizable => Configuration files
    • Why new tools?
      • Why Ruby?
        • Easy to implement and test quickly
        • Easy to interface with C for performance
        • No need for complex GUI
        • Quality libraries handling most of the work needed
    • Recording, Mixing, Mastering
      • Transform and analyze audio files (remove noise, strip silence, compress, DC offset, synch, mix, amplify, Fourier profile. ..) => Wave Swiss Knife
      • 1 task = 1 plug-in
      • Simple command line parameters
      • C libraries for performance
      • Handles any type of Wave file
      • Analyze recordings, organize and automate tasks during mixing and mastering, and deliver files with proper formats => Music Master
      • Handles all processes from recording to producing distribution ready audio files
      • Uses Wave Swiss Knife
      • Can be used to produce complete albums
      Recording, Mixing, Mastering http://musicmaster.sourceforge.net
    • Distribution
      • Distribute on a dedicated website => Ruby on Rails
      • Handle user accounts
      • Provide shopping carts
      • Deliver multimedia content
      • Integrate external forums, blogs, chats, podcast
      • AJAX compliant
    • Statistics
      • Get statistics from many websites: web-scraping, consolidation in a database => Stats Collect
      • Display statistics => Ruby on Rails
      • Easily extensible: 1 plug-in per web source
      • Handle batches of collections orders
      • Organize files to easily work and use tools to backup, clean up generated or temporary ones, and keep track of files dependencies => FSCMS conventions + toolbox
      • Conventions can be used without toolbox
      • Extensible using plug-ins for processes
      • Handles files generation mechanisms
      Songwriting and backup http://fscms.sourceforge.net
    • What next ?
      • Contributors welcome! (testers, developers, writers...)
      • Write tests to get out of Beta status
      • Port WSK on many platforms
      • Finish FSCMS toolbox
      • Complete documentation
      • Create a generic Rails platform for users maintaining and tracking their social networks (synchronization, statistics...)
      • Create Rails gems for complete AJAX handling and external websites integration
    • Links & Credits
      • Wave Swiss Knife
      • Music Master
      • Ruby on Rails
      • Stats Collect
      • FSCMS
      • Muriel Salvan's blog , Github , Twitter
      • Riviera.rb
      • X-Aeon Solutions
      Some icons designed by: Creative nerds Visual Pharm Pixel Mixer This presentation is available under CC-BY license by Muriel Salvan
    • Q/A