Any Ecasound and Nama Users?

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Broomy
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Any Ecasound and Nama Users?

Postby Broomy » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:14 pm

Recently I came across Ecasound and the frontend Nama and I kinda like the bare to the bone look and feel of it.
Besides that, I also like the fact that it's low on resources; my trusty Presonus VLS audio card, demands old (usb 2.0) hardware to function.
And lastly, it would really suit my recording needs (which is usually just one or two guitar tracks, with a mild effect chain).

I wondered: Are there any frequent users here on this forum?
And what keeps you using Ecasound/Nama in spite of the more graphical advanced alternatives?
And how do you punch in/ punch out when recording a track?
How did you find your way in setting up a effect chain?

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Re: Any Ecasound and Nama Users?

Postby davephillips » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:18 pm

Greetings !

I frequently run a small script that launches ecasound for making quick recordings when I don't need to launch Ardour or Bitwig. Very handy script.

IMO the best user of ecasound is Jeanette C, she's a member of the Linux Audio User list but I'm not sure she's here. She's blind, so ecasound is perfect for her and she has mastered it. As you're aware, ecasound is no joke, it's a powerful command-prompt DAW, possibly the only one of its kind, certainly the only one of its class.

Here's Jeanette's music page:

http://juliencoder.de/nama/music.html

Check it out, she does great stuff with Csound too.

Best regards,

Dave Phillips

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Re: Any Ecasound and Nama Users?

Postby Broomy » Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:52 pm

Greetings to you too!

I've checked that website and it has some nice musical examples!

Do you mind sharing your script as an example?
Do you use Nama as well?

And yes, ecasound is no joke! It's very powerful. And I noticed it's updated recently.

Hans
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Re: Any Ecasound and Nama Users?

Postby milo » Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:55 pm

davephillips wrote:Here's Jeanette's music page:

http://juliencoder.de/nama/music.html


Thanks for that link, Dave! I've been listening to her music all morning and it is good stuff.

Make sure you check out her Bach recordings, everyone. I especially liked the Rhodes piano version of Goldberg Variation No.7: http://juliencoder.de/bach/BWV988-Variation_7-Rhodes_Version.ogg. Brilliant! I'm tempted to add a drum track.

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Re: Any Ecasound and Nama Users?

Postby davephillips » Fri Jul 19, 2019 10:52 pm

Broomy wrote:...Do you mind sharing your script as an example?


Here it is, short and sweet:

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!/bin/sh

xterm -T "EcaRec" -bg antiquewhite -fg black -e "/usr/bin/ecasound -c -f:s24_le,2,48000 -i:jack -o:foo.wav" &


It's called ecarec.scr, I gave it executable permissions so it's a nice little self-contained utility recorder.

Do you use Nama as well?


No, but I have looked at it for review purposes.

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dp

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Re: Any Ecasound and Nama Users?

Postby vasakq » Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:04 pm

I have been using ecasound a lot lately. The reason is It runs perfectly on my Raspberry Pi Zero W and I use it mainly to record live concerts of classical / baroque chamber music. And being CLI program it can be operated and monitored remotely via ssh. In practice it means I put RPi (running headless), USB soundcard (E-Mu 0404USB) and battery power pack in a shoebox an place it in the foot of mic stand. Then I can start / stop recording from android phone or tablet running some ssh (or even better, VNC) client. This setup is very neat because it requires just 2x3m of cables - from the bottom of the stand to the mics - so there are no cables running across the stage for the musicians to slip over and the whole setup fits in a backpack. I also devised a bash script to start recording ASAP, but its a bit longer, around 100 or so lines of code and all of the interactive stuff is in foreign language so I am willing to translate it and publish here only on your request :D

This is a sample of music recorded with ecasound (although it is edited and processed in Ardour on a laptop running Debian):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EiDAZqnDZg

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Re: Any Ecasound and Nama Users?

Postby Broomy » Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:32 am

That's a very nice recording (and beautiful music too)!

I've been working with Ecasound using Nama on top of it for some time now.
Personally I really like the bare-to-the-bone look and feel and it works rock solid.
There are three things which are a bit less easy to do or which needs some improvement (imho).
1. Adding newer plugins is possible but not as straightforward as the older plugins;
2. There's no native click(track) option, so you have to use Klick for example to get a click track;
3. Punch in / punch out (in Nama) is currently under (re)development.

Besides that I that I really like it.

Hans
The Quintar Project:
- Popularizing an all fifths tuning for guitarlike instruments
- Youtube: Playing and Building
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