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Using the KORG nanoKONTROL 2 in Qtractor
 

 

As a musician and part time audio engineer I recently bought myself a bright white KORG nanoKONTROL 2 USB controller as an addition to my mobile Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) setup. Setting it up and running it within OSX went smoothly, but I prefer Ubuntu Studio as Qtractor is my DAW of choice. So I connected the nanoKONTROL to Qtractor using Jack. I clearly saw midi events coming in, but nothing happened. This is where I started my search for enabling the nanoKONTROL in Qtractor. After reading many articles and blogs (special thanks to Jeremy!) I was able to reconstruct a working Qtractor control file (a .qtc file :-).

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How to erase (or clean) a disk using Ubuntu
 

Sometimes you just want to clean a USB stick, SD Card or USB disk, and the only thing you've got is Ubuntu running on your system. Well that is no problem, I'll try to explain how simple it is...

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Backing up and restoring software installations in Ubuntu

 

Sometimes you want to restore (or clone) your favorite (studio ;-)) installation, to a clean installed, freshly formatted machine, without having to manually install all your favorite applications again. This can be done, by exporting the list of all your installed applications to a text file and reinstall all your applications listed in the text file to your freshly formatted machine (as Hannibal would have said "I love it when a plan comes together").

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How to do a ping sweep in Linux

 

Sometimes it can be handy to 'see' what is around you on a network, for instance when you're using DHCP on a network and you want to find which addresses are already taken. Or you want to see whether specific machines are up and running... Of course there are various tools you can install or use, but there are times that you just can't reach for the right tool(s)... You don't want to do a ping sweep for nothing ;-)...

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LINE 6 Mobile Keys 25 on a Mac Book 5.1 running Ubuntu Studio 12.04

 

As I was looking for a new (smaller) MIDI keyboard for my home studio, my eyes fell in love with the “basic” looking LINE 6 Mobile Keys 25. Reading the specs this could easily be my next big studio love… The next question popped up, would the LINE 6 Mobile Keys 25 be compatible with my Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)!?

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