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Qtractor

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Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer

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License: GNU GPL
Web: http://qtractor.sourceforge.net/

About

Qtractor is an audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ with the Qt4 framework. Target platform is Linux, where the Jack Audio Connection Kit (JACK) for audio and the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) for MIDI are the main infrastructures to evolve as a fairly-featured Linux desktop audio workstation GUI, specially dedicated to the personal home-studio.

Install Qtractor

Qtractor is maintained by upstream in home:rncbc, at first you need to add the repository:

If you are using openSUSE Factory, type this command to add the suitable repository:

zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home://rncbc/openSUSE_Factory/ rncbc

If you are using openSUSE 12.3, type this command to add the suitable repository:

zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home://rncbc/openSUSE_12.3/ rncbc

If you are using openSUSE 12.2, type this command to add the suitable repository:

zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home://rncbc/openSUSE_12.2/ rncbc

Then install Qtractor by typing the following command:

zypper in qtractor

Avoid problems with pulseaudio

or what to do, if you see this message in Qtractor:

JACK compiled with System V SHM support.
loading driver ..
creating alsa driver ... hw:0|hw:0|1024|2|48000|0|0|nomon|swmeter|-|32bit
control device hw:0
the playback device "hw:0" is already in use. Please stop the application using it and run JACK again
cannot load driver module alsa


Qtractor use by implicit jackd, this could lead to problem with pulseaudio because both (pulseadio and jackd) could not directly use sound card device.
There two workarounds to avoid this problem:

Don't use pulseaudio

This is the simplest method, but in this case you could use only audio applications which use jackd, so you could forget on all most KDE and GNOME apps which use pulseaudio by default.
Stop all audio application's (amarok, flash players etc ...) and kill pulseadio:

kill `pgrep pulseaudio`

then you could start qtractor

Use pulseaudio-module-jack

This workaround allow you to run jackd and pulseaudio apps in the same time and I found it on Harald's web : http://www.harald-hoyer.de/linux/pulseaudio-and-jackd At first you need to install pulseaudio-module-jack

zypper in pulseaudio-module-jack

create jackuser group :

groupadd jackuser

and add your user to pulse-rt and jackuser group

usermod -A pulse-rt,jackuser <your username>

then continue with editing /etc/security/limits.conf. From this point use the steps as Harald describe.

See Also

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