Monday, January 7, 2013

Transpose, Transcribe, and Slow Down Music (MP3/WAV) with Slow MP3 - Ubuntu/Linux Mint

Slow MP3 is a tool written in Java that can play either MP3 or WAV files and allows users to do the following:

  • Transcribe/Transpose song to any key
  • Slow down tempo
  • Loop song parts
  • Identify notes and chords

Since this tool is written in Java, you need to have one of these packages installed in Ubuntu/Linux Mint:

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk
sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre

You can now download Slow MP3 to your home directory with these commands:

mkdir -p ~/Slow-MP3 && cd ~/Slow-MP3 
wget -c -O SlowMP3.jar

Start the application with this command:

java -jar ~/Slow-MP3/SlowMP3.jar

Slow MP3 Home Page

Fuduntu 2013.1

Lee Ward has announced the release of Fuduntu 2013.1, a new build of the rolling-release distribution which features GNOME 2 as its default desktop: "Fuduntu 2013.1 released. For those with hardware that use proprietary drivers, one of the first things that will be noticed after install is Jockey, the program that checks hardware and presents the user with the proprietary driver(s) needed. An example of this would be graphics drivers for NVIDIA and AMD cards. Since we're on the topic of installation, we would like to point out that, by default, sudo is now enabled for all new installs. Another noticeable thing will be the new dock. Unfortunately, AWN is no longer being maintained upstream and there are several bugs that have been left open. In addition, AWN will no longer build against the latest glib. After much discussion, the team decided to migrate to the Cairo dock. This is now installed by default." Read the detailed release announcement for a complete list of new features. Download from SourceForge: Fuduntu-2013.1-x86_64-LiveDVD.iso (959MB, SHA1, torrent).

Liferea (Feed Reader) Updated To V1.8.12 - Ubuntu 12.10/Linux Mint 14

Liferea is a popular feed reader (news aggregator) for Linux-based systems that has an easy-to-use UI (user interface) written in GTK and it can be integrated smoothly in Gnome-based desktop environments. Liferea supports many web syndication formats such as RSS, OPML, Atom, etc. It also allows users to read RSS feeds offline (offline reading).

Liferea has been updated recently to version 1.8.12 which is now compatible with the Tiny Tiny RSS news feed (RSS/Atom) reader and aggregator.

Liferea 1.8.12 Installation

Liferea 1.8.12 can be easily installed in Ubuntu/Linux Mint with the following commands from the terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:liferea/ppa 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install liferea

NOTE: PPA installation for version 1.8.12 is currently available for Ubuntu 12.10 and Linux Mint 14 only.

Liferea Removal

To uninstall Liferea from your system, enter these commands:

sudo apt-get remove liferea 
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:liferea/ppa 
sudo apt-get update