SLab Recording Studio Software 4.09 Beta 14
by Nick Copeland
(Nick Copeland Website)

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Operating System: Linux
File Size: 2.4 MB
License: (All Free software)
License Conditions:
System Requirements:

Kernel requires: 2.1.24, OSS/FREE 3.5.X, SYSV_IPC. System requires: TCL_7.5/TK_4.1, at least the header files.

Last Updated: 1997-05-12
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Tags : tk | dsp | linux | multitrack | mixer | effects | audio

Software Description

SLab Direct to Disk Recording Studio. Mixer 64-16-8-4-2 stereo/quadraphonic outputs. Includes WaveEditing, effects send busses, stereo bus groupings, dynamic digital filters (per track), TCL/TK based drag and drop user interface, stereo effects API, VU metering, DSP - echo, chorus, flange, phase, reverb, rotary, limitor, et al, Continuous controller recording (mixdown sessions). MultiProcessing/shared memory mix engine.

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New Download Link

I just put up a new download for this today - so the download is now working again!

re: all the doubters

seriously...

use
system>administration>synaptics package manager

its all there...

1.click on search
2.search for the desired program by typing its name in the text box
3.mark to install by right clicking and then left clicking mark
4.click on apply in the main window

watch it install!!!!!!!!

find the new program under the applications tab
click on it
it opens
errr, isn't that easier than windows?
if you are new to linux i suggest you use a user friendly distro with a helpful community. one good example is ubuntu although there are others i find it best for beginners.
hompage http://www.ubuntu.com/
community forum http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=11

no rpms?

There's no link for the author provided.
I was also wondering if someone knows where i can
get an RPM for this

Why won't it record?

I must be doing something wrong....

I have a Soundblaster Live card... Slab came installed with SuSE Linux... When I play a keyboard or speak into a mic I can hear it through my PC's speaker... using the "audio recorder" tool in Linux I can record audio...

When I "record" using Slab I don't get anything recorded... well, if I do I can't hear it. Is this a common problem? Can't find anywhere to configure the input and I've tried going through Line In and Mic but no more success.

Bemused!

Re: Why won't it record?

Hey. I've got the same problem. My mic comes through my speakers fine, but the input level never pops up on the mixing board. I'd really like to use this program but I need it to work.

How do I make it run?!

I just untarred the .tgz and found nothing even resembling a makefile or even an obvious .c to compile. I did "installpkg blah.tgz" on it and ended up finding a few binaries with "slab" in the name, in /bin. I ran them but nothing noticable happened. I see no instructions included on how to use this program and I'm at a complete loss as to how others have apparently gotten a GUI and what not. Please help.

Clay

SLab configuration problem - help?

Hello, have a look at:
http://calumsmusic.netfirms.com/SLab1.png

I just installed SLab (after finally figuring out it should be extracted into /usr/local/slab) and now whenever i attempt to do anything with it, i get this dialogue. What is it, what does it want, and is there some sort of webpage describing how to satisfy it please?

thanks in advance...

No GUI

I tried everything on the release. notes, but I seem to be missing something. I'm using RedHat 7.2, and bash for a shell. Any suggestions?

program for sound-enginiering

hi.

i really need your help!

i did the recording, mixing, ... of some music-cds the last years. for this purpose i always used the cooledit pro system from syntrilium (i don't really know, how to write this name) on a windoze-pc. i am very fond of cooledit, but i hate windows!

so my question is: which one would be the best way to have this work done with linux as an os? are there (free) programs similar to cooledit or do you have a batter solution for me? and could you please tell me, where to get these programs and tools?

would be great, to get some answers ...
thanx, john hoe

Can Someone help me?

I downloaded exactly what's on this site but when I unziped it, it didn't leave me any file to execute the program. So now I have all these files on my comp. and no way to use them. Did I need a previous program on my computer to use these files? Can anyone help me?

too bad...

hello,

i'm a french musician and composer...i was rather good with ms-dos, and i thought i could succeed with Linux....but i realize that ,though linux is a great OS, it is reserved to some few choosen people, a kind of aristocracy...and also i think that you all do intend to make things this way....saying that linux is "free" is not the reality...never mind...i mean: i can learn all instructions,but what i can't learn is what does Linux want me to do?
i am really frustrated...i saw your nice Slab on hitsquad, and i was happy thinking that perhaps i could finally record my music without having my screen freezing like windows does....so i bought a mandrake 7.1 distribution and i installed it in 10 minutes...really easy...then i downloaded your Slab from hitsquad...and then?..i do not succeed to install and make it run..where do have i to copy it, what shall i have to type, and from where...what are the libraries it needs? and if i ever knew which libraries..where does linux want me to copy them?...so i know all is nice but only a few people can use it...so is it really different from microsoft's supremacy?people like me, have a single choice: either have windows freezing or dream about that linux we can't use...i am not from the elite? OK....with microsoft i am a prisonner and with linux i am a stupid guy!!...i am happy

thanks a lot

patrice

Re: too bad...

Linux has gotten to be pretty easy to use and install, but there are always a few applications that have problems on one version of Linux or another due to differences in either the loaded libraries or where the libraries are stored. It would be nice if the guys packaging the OS could at least have a standard framework. Also, I'm positive that many people would be willing to pay a reasonable price for software that worked well. I still run windows just so I can use Cakewalk's GuitarTracks Pro, 'cause I keep striking out trying to get Slab running on SuSE 8.0.

Re: too bad...

: hello,

: i am really frustrated...i saw your nice Slab on hitsquad

you can send me an email zotz at 100jamz.com

I have managed to get SLab running on a few different computers now.

all the best,

drew

Re: too bad...

Get a Mac :-))

Re: too bad...

You must have something running in your computer's background that could be doing this freeze (like anti-virus). If you want to do music on your computer, set it up for ONLY that purpose. I use DDClip 32-track shareware and found my own way around the limitations without Reverse Code Engineering or stealing the code. I love that program but, with a family that I can barely support, I can't afford ANY program.

: hello,

: i'm a french musician and composer...i was rather good with ms-dos, and i thought i could succeed with Linux....but i realize that ,though linux is a great OS, it is reserved to some few choosen people, a kind of aristocracy...and also i think that you all do intend to make things this way....saying that linux is "free" is not the reality...never mind...i mean: i can learn all instructions,but what i can't learn is what does Linux want me to do?
: i am really frustrated...i saw your nice Slab on hitsquad, and i was happy thinking that perhaps i could finally record my music without having my screen freezing like windows does....so i bought a mandrake 7.1 distribution and i installed it in 10 minutes...really easy...then i downloaded your Slab from hitsquad...and then?..i do not succeed to install and make it run..where do have i to copy it, what shall i have to type, and from where...what are the libraries it needs? and if i ever knew which libraries..where does linux want me to copy them?...so i know all is nice but only a few people can use it...so is it really different from microsoft's supremacy?people like me, have a single choice: either have windows freezing or dream about that linux we can't use...i am not from the elite? OK....with microsoft i am a prisonner and with linux i am a stupid guy!!...i am happy

: thanks a lot

: patrice

Re: too bad...

Linux's learning curve is the price you pay for revolution. Yes, it is a big price, and not for everyone, but in time, we may all benefit greatly. We can't expect to get everything for free. It will take time, but keep at it. The more people use it, the more programmers will have reason to develope on it. As that happens, the better the software will become. Hang in there.
: You must have something running in your computer's background that could be doing this freeze (like anti-virus). If you want to do music on your computer, set it up for ONLY that purpose. I use DDClip 32-track shareware and found my own way around the limitations without Reverse Code Engineering or stealing the code. I love that program but, with a family that I can barely support, I can't afford ANY program.

:
: : hello,

: : i'm a french musician and composer...i was rather good with ms-dos, and i thought i could succeed with Linux....but i realize that ,though linux is a great OS, it is reserved to some few choosen people, a kind of aristocracy...and also i think that you all do intend to make things this way....saying that linux is "free" is not the reality...never mind...i mean: i can learn all instructions,but what i can't learn is what does Linux want me to do?
: : i am really frustrated...i saw your nice Slab on hitsquad, and i was happy thinking that perhaps i could finally record my music without having my screen freezing like windows does....so i bought a mandrake 7.1 distribution and i installed it in 10 minutes...really easy...then i downloaded your Slab from hitsquad...and then?..i do not succeed to install and make it run..where do have i to copy it, what shall i have to type, and from where...what are the libraries it needs? and if i ever knew which libraries..where does linux want me to copy them?...so i know all is nice but only a few people can use it...so is it really different from microsoft's supremacy?people like me, have a single choice: either have windows freezing or dream about that linux we can't use...i am not from the elite? OK....with microsoft i am a prisonner and with linux i am a stupid guy!!...i am happy

: : thanks a lot

: : patrice

Recording Problem

I was just looking for information regarding recording software that would be of use when recording Techno-type music onto a cd. I have had problems with the cd having either a 2 second pause between songs or having to record the whole cd on #1 and fast forward to any particular song that I am trying to find. I would greatly appreciate any information that you might have in regards to what it is I might need and if you might carry this item.
Thank You,
Deepgruves

Re: Recording Problem

what you are experiencing is most likely from your cd burner or burner software. It is called disc at once and track at once. it will make cd's have that 2 second pause between tracks.try either Roxio-Nero-or Clone CD for better results-if it doesnt work look at your cd burner- if it is anything under 10x-toss it- 24x's and 32x's are here for 60-80$-and they offer much better abilities.

turtlebeach montego

hi..i can't get my cardto work right in slab..i have turtlebeach montegoII quadzilla
works in other audio aspects of linux ..can't get slab to play anything or
torecord..
I'musing
/dev/dsp
is that correct
does slab support my sound card?
thanks
lee

SLab home page

The official home page for SLab is at:
http://slabexchange.org/

Re: SLab 3.00-1b Licence expiration.

I did a recent install of SuSE 6.1 release and was
excited to see that it included SLab which I'd
read review of in Linux Journal and Electronic Musician
however, upon trying to start SLab I got the message
SLab 3.00-1b licence expired contact ncopelan@...etc.
for info. Please inform me on how to run this. I am a
musician seeking viable alternatives to MSwin apps.
I've worked, with some sucess, with BroadCast, another
multitrack recording app for Linux but support has been
discontinued for this. Thank you for your feedback.
Jeff

TurtleBeach Monterey

hi,

i try to move my hd-recording to linux and downloaded
SLab. looks great. however, i have a Monterey
(TurtleBeach) Soundcard with which i can listen to
soundfile using sox (play). as i read in the kernel
doc the monterey-driver doesnt support /dev/audio. it
just supports /dev/dsp (at full duplex) but i was not
able to record or play with SLab. the errors i get are:
if i use /dev/audio 'Failed to open "/dev/audio"'
if i use /dev/dsp 'Failed to set Sample-Resolution...'
or something similar. does someone have any suggestion.

bye

SLab 3.0-9 Licence expired

Hi!
I´ve just downloaded slab 3.0-9 and installed it but
when I tries to start it I´m told that the licence has
expired. If it´s freeware as it says, how do I get by
this licence thing, and if not how do I register.
Erik

SLab-3.0

SLab 3.0 is out. Ive found it in SUSE distrabutions as an RPM
Able to install it on RH5.2

Still asks for a License from ncopeland@baynetworks.com,
but the mail comes back w/ Unknown Mail Address :(

Re: SLab-3.0 License Expiry

Check out the following site for the latest version of SLab. As of the current date, 2.30 is the latest stable version. There is a newer beta for SLab 3.0, but you may prefer to wait for the final release due out shortly.

ftp://dutw1288.wbmt.tudelft.nl/pub/audio

I am not sure why this beta version ended up on the SuSE distribution. Anyway, SLab is still free, and intends to stay that way.

Nick.

Re: SLab-3.0 License Expiry

Check out the following site for the latest version of SLab. As of the current date, 2.30 is the latest stable version. There is a newer beta for SLab 3.0, but you may prefer to wait for the final release due out shortly.

ftp://dutw1288.wbmt.tudelft.nl/pub/audio

I am not sure why this beta version ended up on the SuSE distribution. Anyway, SLab is still free, and intends to stay that way.

Nick.

Re: SLab-3.0 License Expiry

: Check out the following site for the latest version of SLab. As of the current date, 2.30 is the latest stable version. There is a newer beta for SLab 3.0, but you may prefer to wait for the final release due out shortly.

: ftp://dutw1288.wbmt.tudelft.nl/pub/audio

: I am not sure why this beta version ended up on the SuSE distribution. Anyway, SLab is still free, and intends to stay that way.

: Nick.

slooow GUI

Hi!

I downloaded and tried SLab-2.20.1. Great program,
but I've never seen a GUI that was *that* slow.
My box is a 233 MHz K6 (64MB), and some functions
of the program are nearly unusable (try to make
the waveform window fullscreen and move the cursor..).

Any ideas? (please Cc:).

ciao,
johnny

Re: slooow GUI - SLab General Remarks

: Hi!

: I downloaded and tried SLab-2.20.1. Great program,
: but I've never seen a GUI that was *that* slow.
: My box is a 233 MHz K6 (64MB), and some functions
: of the program are nearly unusable (try to make
: the waveform window fullscreen and move the cursor..).

: Any ideas? (please Cc:).

: ciao,
: johnny

The GUI is not the fastest in the world since it is dependent on TCL/TK, which is an interpreted language. The "WaveMeter" widget is a C code binary though, and already has a range of accelerators built in, such as wave caching from disk, and pixmap caching for the display. As you move the cursor, the wavemeter will paint the crosshairs over the existing pixmap, and repaint the results to your display. The tools was developed on a P133, and in my opinion (which may be biased since I wrote the code) the results were reasonable. I have tested the code on P266 systems without an accelerated X server, and the results were, to be honest, dismal, I agree. If you do not have an accelerated server then the repainting is down with software rather than a DMA hardware operation. I can speed this up if you want, simply by removing the red crosshairs and dropping the mouse tracking?

On an unrelated subject, SLab is now revised to 2.30, rather than the 1.0 code that a few postings have been referring to. Each release expires on a 12 month basis, with the beta code generally on 6 months. Why? Largely since I do not want to support 1.0 and 2.0 code, so users are rather unkindly requested to upgrade via the expiry code. You can get 2.30 from the ftp site below, kindly hosted by Nico Augustijn in the Netherlands. This code will presently be uploaded to the Linux/mirrors.

ftp://dutw1288.wbmt.tudelft.nl/pub/audio

Finally, regarding interoperability on different systems: there are 2 main dependencies in the code, these are libc and OSS versions. From 2.30 there will be 2 releases, one of which will be statically compiled and will remove generic library dependencies at the expense of larger executables. It is not possible to remove the OSS dependencies, so you are advised to test with OSS/Free and your soundcard. If this fails you can test with OSS/Linux demo drivers, and purchase them if they work (if not, send me an EMail and I will help you with debugging the problems). TCL/TK has always been statically linked, I should remove it from the LSM file since you should not need either of these installed to actually run SLab.

Best Regards,

Nick

Slab.1.0

I just downloaded the Slab.1.0 and there is no ececute
file to make it run. Can you help me with this.
Thanks

Tom e-mail clarktl@hotmail.com

Re: Slab.1.0

: I just downloaded the Slab.1.0 and there is no ececute
: file to make it run. Can you help me with this.
: Thanks

You probably downloaded just the source code and you have to compile it. I don't know how old messge this was but the latest version of slab, as far as I know, is 3.0.
So you should download that first and try to mess around with it.

Make sure ypu have all the required libraries that slab needs to compile. Read carefully the readme or install file when you untar/ungzip the sources!

SLAb Studio ? Licence expire ??????

i get the Message Licence Expire when starting
SLab Studio ? anyone can help me ??
i am using Linux 2.0.32 on a Suse system ?

thank´x Maurizio. V

Re: SLAb Studio ? Licence expire ??????

: i get the Message Licence Expire when starting
: SLab Studio ? anyone can help me ??
: i am using Linux 2.0.32 on a Suse system ?

: thank´x Maurizio. V

Re: SLAb Studio ? Licence expire ??????

: i get the Message Licence Expire when starting
: SLab Studio ? anyone can help me ??
: i am using Linux 2.0.32 on a Suse system ?
me too...
And the Suse Documentation says, slab is FREEWARE...
...but it seems to be shareware...

Olli

Help

Before I download the program I need to know what this means:

Requirements:Kernel requires: 2.1.24, OSS/FREE 3.5.X, SYSV_IPC.

System requires: TCL_7.5/TK_4.1, at least the header files.

Thanks

Re: Help

: Before I download the program I need to know what this means:

: Requirements:Kernel requires: 2.1.24, OSS/FREE 3.5.X, SYSV_IPC.

: System requires: TCL_7.5/TK_4.1, at least the header files.

: Thanks

Re: Help

: Before I download the program I need to know what this means:

: Requirements:Kernel requires: 2.1.24, OSS/FREE 3.5.X, SYSV_IPC.

: System requires: TCL_7.5/TK_4.1, at least the header files.

: Thanks

It means, chances are, it's not going to work properly on your system. The OSS stuff and SYSV_IPC are almost certainly built into your kernel, assuming you have _some_ kind of sound support.
Likewise, you probably have TCL/TK. But if you don't know all this stuff anyway, you're probably running a 2.0.x kernel. The 2.1.x kernels are experimental, so you almost certainly don't have the necessary requirements.
That said, it'll probably run quite happily anyway, but people aren't likely to give you too much support.

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