Introduction to Freewheeling
Free and Open Source Audio Tool for Live Looping
Freewheeling provides a highly configurable, intuitive, and fluid user interface for instrumentalists to capture audio loops in real-time. Best way to understand Freewheeling?? See and hear it in action. Demo Video.
Freewheeling is a new way 'to be' In The Muse-ical Moment. It's a live looping instrument that returns us to the joy of making music 'spontaneously'.
Freewheeling allows us to build repetitive grooves by sampling and directing loops from within spirited improvisation. It works because, down to the core, it's built around improv. We leave mice and menus, and dive into our own process of making sound. The principle author of Freewheeling is JP Mercury. Freewheeling was also originally a Max/MSP external. Since 2016, it is maintained by the user community.
Freewheeling runs under GNU/Linux (PC/Mac) and Mac OS X (PPC/Intel) using the Jack Audio Connection Kit sound server, and is Free and Open Source Software, released under the GNU GPL license. The ChangeLog is a good resource, because all major new features have been documented there. It is humble enough to run on modest hardware but can take advantage of the gobs of RAM on modern machines as well. The only limits are your imagination.
Focus on the ideation process:
- Freewheeling empowers the trance of immediate creativity by bringing us into a circular process. Time is utterly relative, and we are freed from the future-oriented mindset of product sequencing. If inspiration flows, later arranging and editing on a timeline can be done with other tools.
See the Technical Features.
Pre-compiled Freewheeling binaries are available for several of today's popular operating systems. If you prefer using your favorite graphical package manager (such as synaptic) or your distro's Add/Remove Software Control Panel, search for a package named freewheeling or fweelin.
- Install one of the OS Specific Packages - (recommended)
- or, Download a tarball - (advanced)
- or, Debian, KxStudio, Mint, and Ubuntu users can download the sourecs with your package manager: - (advanced)
$ apt source freewheeling
- or, Checkout the latest git master - (advanced)
$ git clone https://github.com/free-wheeling/freewheeling.git $ git clone https://notabug.org/freewheeling/freewheeling.git
- Configuration Basics - how does it work?
- XML Configuration System - the full Freewheeling XML API from config-help.txt in wiki form
- Configurations - a store for users to submit their custom interfaces, layouts, patches, etc
Troubleshooting and Support
- FAQS - Freeq-wheely Asked Questions
- Known Issues - Resolutions to common pitfalls, snags, and glitches (notice i did not say bugs)
- Freewheeling Users Mailing List - If you're looking for help with Freewheeling, your question may already be answered there. If not, feel free to join the mailing list and ask your question to the community
- Feature Requests - Please join the 'freewheeling-user' mailing list
- Bug Reporting - Please reports bugs on the GitHub issue tracker or the NotABug issue tracker
- Quick Start Guide - handy defaults for the impatient user
- Freewheeling Video Tutorials - watch freewheeling in action
- Controlling Freewheeling - using external midi devices
- Default Key Bindings - what did I just pressed?
- Tips and Tricks for Studio and Live Use
NOTE: You will also need the JACK audio server and a way to configure it (such as qJackCtl or Cadence). A very easy way to setup a GNU/Linux audio workstation is by installing the KxStudio Operating System.
NOTE: Debian (and derrivatives such as Trisquel, Ubuntu, and Mint) can transform their system into KxStudio simply by adding the KxStudio repos and installing the 'kxstudio-meta-all' package (or 'kxstudio-meta-audio' for just the pro-audio programs). It is highly recommended that you install at least the 'kxstudio-default-settings' package which optimizes your system performance for real-time audio use.
NOTE: ArchLinux (and derrivatives such as Parabola, Hyperbola, and Manjaro) can simply install the 'pro-audio' package group, which includes Freewheeling. It is highly recommended that you install at least the 'realtime-privileges' package which configures your system for real-time audio use.
The Freewheeling Community
- Music made with Freewheeling
- Freewheeling Users Mailing List - technical support, new releases, shared ideas and music