Yes people it has finally happened. I have just written up the announcement:

The Jokosher team are proud to announce the second pre-release of their simple yet powerful audio studio for the GNOME desktop. The new 0.2 version of the software has been in active development since July, and has packed Jokosher with the core features to perform full audio recording and production on the Linux desktop.

Jokosher sports the following features:

  • Intuitive, usability focused interface – Jokosher has been designed from the ground-up and every detail has been scrutinised for ease of use and flexibility. This has resulted in a simple and intuitive environment.
  • Full multi-track recording – record from your sound card on a number of instrument tracks, and rename, mute and solo those tracks. Jokosher also supports multi-channel sound cards.
  • Full mixing – instruments can be mixed, soloed, muted, panned and more, as well as controlling the master volume.
  • Volume Curve Mixing – with an intuitive selection system, you can easily draw volume curves that occur in realtime to produce an unlimited number of fades and volume control.
  • Non destructive editing tools – Jokosher includes a range of editing tools including splitting, trimming, moving and volume control point snapping. All editing operations are entirely non-destructive
  • Effects Support – support for LADSPA effects can open up your projects to all kinds of creative opportunities. Multiple effects can be layered together, and each effect can be fine tuned to get just the right setting.
  • Effects Presets – in addition to LADSPA support, you can load and save effects presets, making it easier to find and reuse of those all important effects combinations.
  • Extensions – Jokosher includes support for installable extensions. This allows third party developers to make their own extensions with our extensions API. Jokosher also includes an Extensions Manager to track which extensions are installed.
  • Metronome – a configurable metronome click track is included to keep you perfectly in time when recording.
  • Intuitive instrument management – Jokosher provides a unique method of minimising instruments for specific mixing requirements.
  • Extensive documentation and community – the Jokosher team have worked to create manuals, tutorials, FAQs and other documentation, as well as growing the Jokosher community on the forums (http://www.jokosher.org/forums/).

In addition to these features, the Jokosher community have worked to make the application available in a number of languages, including Chinese (China), Danish, Dutch, English (Philippines), English (United Kingdom), Esperanto, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latvian, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Welsh.

Want to give it a shot? This is still a pre-release, and it demands a very GStreamer which most distros right now do not ship, but we have made things easier. Head over to the Download page and grab the run script. This script automates the process of checking out GStreamer CVS alongside your current GStreamer, grabbing Jokosher and making everything run fine. This is a great way to give Jokosher a run.

We still have some docs to merge, but check out the Jokosher 0.2 User Guide. We have also opened up a community documentation wiki for our users to write their own HOWTOs and guides for using Jokosher in different ways.

Also, do get involved in the Jokosher Forums. The forums are a great source of help, and a great place to post links to the music and podcasts that you have created in Jokosher.

Finally, I want to thank the awesome Jokosher development team and testers, the translators, the docs team, and our friends in the GStreamer team for fixing our bugs. This is sure to make this version of Jokosher rock hard.

Now the road to 1.0 begins…

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