If you make music and your computers run on the Linux operating system, then you will find that Jokosher is the one piece of software that you will soon find that you can not work without. Jokosher is what is known as a multi-track editor. That means that this piece of software is capable of editing; not just the song as a whole but the individual elements that make up your songs. Let’s say that your latest track is on its way to being the next great pop hit, or the track that everyone in the club requests, but it just needs some minor tweaks.
The drums have to be sped up a bit, the vocals at the end of the track should fade out a bit earlier and the piano needs to be made a little bit louder in the middle. Jokosher can help you to get that done without even having to break a sweat.
Right now, if you know anything about audio editors, then you are probably as of yet entirely unimpressed. There are many other multi-track editors that you can get for your computer. Even in the world of free and open source software, both of which Jokosher is, this is not a unique piece of software. After you take a second to be grateful that you live in a world where you can have so much choice for your Linux, as users 20 and even 10 years ago did not have, we’ll see what makes this multi-track editor stand out from the pack.
The sweet and simple catch phrase of this piece of software is ease of use. This software’s whole reason for existence is to be easier to use than the rest of the software out there on the market. You don’t believe me? Go and check out the site. Ease of use is the stated reason for making the software. The creator understood that musicians should not have to be hard core technology fanatics in order to make and mix their music. To that end, the software is written in music friendly not computer friendly terms, the controls are highly intuitive and the documentation for the end users is both clear and copious. It is highly unlikely that you will find yourself at a loss for what to do when you are using this multi-track editor.
To use the software you create a new project, and then add a specific instrument. These instruments are your specific audio files for each sound or level of the music. These layers can be used to make a variety of different musical textures. You can learn more about how to use Jokosher in the FAQ.
A common misconception when you are dealing with a piece of software that is designed to be simple is that you have to sacrifice a certain degree of control in order to have that ease. In some cases that is painfully true. Luckily with Jokosher, that is not the case at all. All of the abilities that the majority of users will went are both present and easily accessible.
All in all, if you want a piece of software that will give you a great ability to mix and a set of controls that don’t require a steep learning curve, then this is definitely worth considering.
Jokosher offers a strong feature set: Here is their description.
Easy to use interface, designed from the ground up. Jokosher uses concepts and language familiar to musicians, and is a breeze to use.
Simple editing with splitting, trimming and moving tools.
Multi-track volume mixing with VU sliders.
A range of instruments can be added to a project, and instruments can be renamed. Instruments can also be muted and soloed easily.
Export to MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, WAV and anything else GStreamer supports.
From the Jokosher About Page; please visit this site for more information.
The Rating (4 out of 5)
All in all this software in good, and free, but not perfect. I personally, would like to see easier file managment of completed tracks. To that end this software merits a 4 out of 5.