Guitarix, a guitar amp to use from Ubuntu

about guitarix

In the next article we are going to take a look at Guitarix. If you are looking for an amp for your guitar, this application can help you. Guitarix is ​​a virtual guitar amp for Gnu / Linux that runs using Jack Audio Connection Kit.

Guitarix is ​​a guitar amp for the Jack audio connection kit  with one input and two outputs. Provides one JACK input port and two JACK output ports. It is designed to produce pleasant trash / metal / rock / blues guitar sounds. In the application we will find available the controls for bass, treble, gain, compressor, distortion, freeverb, etc.

Guitarix is ​​going to take the signal from the user's guitar just like any real amp would, like a mono signal from the sound card. The input is processed by a main amplifier and a rack section. Both can be routed separately and output a processed stereo signal through the Jack. We can fill the frame with effects of more than 25 built-in modules ranging from a simple noise gate to f / x modulation such as flanger, phaser or auto-wah.

General Characteristics of Guitarix

guitarix interface

  • This app comes with a GTK + interface.
  • Guitaris includes a tuner easy to use, yet it could offer better display and more stable tone detection.
  • Guitarix presents a set of modules processing for guitarists. Among them we can find modules such as distortion effects, compressor, reverbs, echo and wah / crybaby effects. The signal processing flow is fixed and the module chain cannot be reordered. They can be turned on or off, and some modules include a hidden display of the full set of effect parameters.
  • The Guitarix main display panel features a logical organization of modules and controls. From top to bottom, we have a main menu bar, the tuner / balance / jconv strip, the Controls screen, the feedback / advance / record strip, and the record window.
  • The signal is to be processed with minimal latency. On any properly configured Gnu / Linux system, you will not have to wait more than 10 ms for the sound to be processed by Guitarix.
  • If you are interested in using more f / x than those offered by Guitarix, you will also be able to use plugins from the list of accessories LADSPA y LV2.
  • The user will be able to record their performance in a DAW as you would with Ardor. With Guitarix you could load amps and plugs directly into your DAW favorite.
  • Although guitarix has been designed with guitar signals in mind, there is nothing wrong with connecting a synthesizer or other sound generator.
  • Our amplifier functions They are located on the left side of the Controls screen, followed by the effect processing modules and the optional oscilloscope.
  • Guitarix provides a basic GUI to configure values ​​in jconv, a lightweight utility for creating high-quality reverb effects. Unfortunately, jconv settings are untouchable in realtime, but they can be saved along with all other settings in a preset.

Installation on Ubuntu

Let's find Guitarix available for most Gnu / Linux distributions from today. In 9 out of 10 cases it is not necessary to compile Guitarix. In Ubuntu it can be installed comfortably through the software option or the package management system.

guitarix installation from Ubuntu software option

If you want for whatever reason compile Guitarix on your own, you can get the latest packages available from your page on Sourceforge.

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Although this application is supposed to offer everything you might need to put “electricity” on your guitar, it can be difficult to achieve the desired sound. To get to a good port, you can follow the instructions offered in the project page. This is quite an option when you do not have a real amplifier at your disposal or you do not have another means to add effects to the guitar. We will not lose anything by trying it.


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