This episode is about Rakarrack, the guitar effects software that is available on Linux. In this episode, we will discuss the software, and Ryan will show off not only the software, but also his skills as a guitarist.
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Rakarrack is a digital effects program, capable of creating complex filters (“stompboxes”) that can be used with guitars. The software is available at rakarrack.sourceforge.net. A number of the effects are based on the ZynAddSubFX digital synthesizer. Rakarrack has a large number of filters that can be combined to make a single sound. If you like the sound you’re getting, you can save it as a preset. Additionally, Rakarrack comes with 180 presets by defaults, including the following demonstrated examples.
- Presets demonstrated:
- Tight Rock (default, with MuTroMoJo switched on, and with Analog Phaser turned on)
- Floyd Trip
- Bass Simulation
- Mooore (Yes, spelled exactly this way)
- Satriani (1 and 2)
- Heaven Garden (Reverb version of 12-string)
- Slap Echo
- Metal Amp Overloaded (the extremely overdriven one)
- Stereo Tremolo
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