linux music tutorial: seq24, part 1

I promised I’d make an introductory tutorial to seq24, and now, I’ve delivered! If you’ve tried seq24 in the past and been confused by it, hopefully this will clear up some of the mysteries; if you’ve never tried it, this might just encourage you to give it a go!

There’s an unspoken “step zero” here — get yourself a working copy of seq24. I’m not sure about other distributions, but on Ubuntu, especially 64-bit, the packaged version seems very unstable. The best thing to do is to grab the 0.9.1 version from the seq24 Launchpad and install that — this new release includes a bunch of bug-fixes, and a few new features, too.

The original plan was for a straight screencast, like my earlier synth tutorials, but I was so impressed by Kdenlive that I decided to have a bit of fun with it — hopefully the fun I had comes through in the finished product.

For downloaders, there’s also a 720p WebM version available.

12 thoughts on “linux music tutorial: seq24, part 1

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  2. Awesome !
    I discovered Seq24 recently and it’s becoming a key part of my workflow.
    Always good to have a tutorial with the basics so one doesn’t miss the key functionalities.
    Thanks !

  3. seq24 reminds me of screwing around with nanoloop on gb/gba one weekend, looks fun πŸ™‚

  4. You’re the man, AutoStatic! I had actually been thinking about setting up a PPA with working packages, or asking if you could add it to yours. You must’ve read my mind πŸ™‚

  5. You obviously are not using qjackctl to connect to Hydrogen and the like. How are you configured in you setup? I would love to use Seq24 but am having all kinds of trouble getting Jack, Seq24 and Hydrogen to cooperate.

  6. When I’m at home in the studio, I do tend to use Qjackctl — it does work, but it can get tedious. Part of the problem is with the way seq24 handles MIDI mapping; by default it makes connections itself, and doesn’t expose its ports as connectable to tools like Qjackctl, but with software synths in particular it’s very easy for it to get its connections mixed up.

    I hope to tackle this in a future tutorial, but for now, the best I can offer is a post I made on the linux-audio-user list that describes how I use seq24 in the live environment I’m setting up. Hopefully that gives you some pointers on how to best fit seq24 in to your workflow.

  7. What’s up is that I can’t manage to write HTML to save myself, it seems πŸ™‚ I’ve fixed the link in the above post — please try again now.

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  9. Great tutorial! I’m very shocked to see there aren’t any barebones sequencers out there quite like Seq24 (AFAIK). Seq24 is great for just getting the ideas down quickly without being overwhelming and frustrating like those all-in-one bloated DAWs. It’s too bad this is only for Linux and Windows. Fortunately, I was able to make it work on Mac OS X through emulation on Wine. I hooked up my Korg Volca FM and got inspired!

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