Jokosher – A Linux Alternative for Garage band

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Music lovers/producers who are looking for an alternative to the popular Garage band in Mac, Jokosher is definitely the one for you. Jokosher is a simple yet powerful multi-track studio. With it you can create and record music, podcasts and more, all from an integrated simple environment.

The idea behind Jokosher is to provide a simple and easy to use environment for anyone and everyone to create music. You don’t need to have any music background to be a master in making music. With Jokosher, all you need is a 5 mins familiarization process and you will be able to create and record excellent music or podcasts for your site in no time.

A multi-track studio means that it allows you to mix and match different instruments and effects to create a cohesive music. In Jokosher, there is a wide range of instruments that you can add to your music. You can find acoustic guitar, bass drum, bass guitar, cello, drum kit, harmonica and many other instruments. Adding them to your music is simply a point-and-click affair.

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When you first startup Jokosher, it will prompt whether you want to create a new project or load existing one. On the main screen, you will see several icons to help you get started. You can add new instrument, import audio files or to start recording new music.

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When editing your music, you can easily split the track into two or more and using the simple cut/copy/paste functions, you can add or create multiple layers of the same track, each with different effects.

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Jokosher integrates well with the Gstreamer plugin. Anything that is supported by Gstreamer is available in Jokosher as well. You can import/export your music/podcast to mp3, wav, flac, ogg and anything else supported by Gstreamer.

When adding effects to your music, you may want to install the additional plugins to increase the number of choices.

sudo apt-get install blop caps cmt fil-plugins mcp-plugins omins swh-plugins tap-plugins

Once installed, you will be able to add these effects to your music.

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For someone like me who have no music background, I found Jokosher very user-friendly and amazingly easy to use. There are lot of customization options and yet the developer is able to keep the user-interface simple without leaving too many complicated items on the main screen (like Ardour). Although Jokosher is still in 0.10 and have not reached the official release of version 1.0, it has already plenty of great and useful features that make it one of the best music editor around. In the near future, Jokosher is certainly the one to keep an eye on.