Linux Automated Show Setup.


Ive just nearly finished a fully automated linux  show system for my live performances using a mixture of programs on a linux antergos based system. Ive moved from ubuntu to arch based systems as they dont seem as bloated. This is all done on a dell xps 13 inch ubuntu laptop.

Before we start i got antergos linux installed which is based on arch just a easy way to install it. Then i install the realtime kernel, i did use the LTS RT long term kernel but i had a few problems so moved to a newer on the bleeding edge kernel and this is perfect. I then install jack-dbus which is what is used for connecting the audio connections together, i use cadence for starting and stopping jack and visually making the connections for audio and midi. I was using guitarix but was showed amplitube which is a windows / mac application which i have gladly running smooth as in linux using wine and wine asio as amplitube connects through using the asio driver nicely. Below a couple of quick tips to get this working right on arch based systems

  • sudo pacman -Sy wineasio
  • regsvr32 wineasio
  • wine64 regsvr32 wineasio
  • Successfully registered DLL wineasio.dll (hopefully)

With the amplitube just go into the settings and change the driver to asio  for audio once you have jack running with the wine and the wine asio drivers you should be good to go. The main hardware which has has no configuration at all really is the rubix22 audio interface and the Behringer FCB1010 

– i just had to change the midi channel to number one and initialize the two pedals which is on a earlier blog.  It works perfect with no problems. I had a problem getting the pedals working with amplitube and nearly gave up but in the end i sussed out going into midi in aplitube and changing recieve channel from 1 to all fixed this!! only took about a week to figure this out !!!!!  the

 good thing is this takes in the audio to carla and takes the guitar to amplitube nicely. The fcb 1010 controls the amplitube fully and nicely but also the linux show player sends midi signals to the amplitube to mute the guitar in between songs and then when the song starts sets the main sound i want for this song πŸ™‚


The main part of the system which plays the backing tracks and send all the midi triggers is done with linux show player. This is the main core of the setup which you load all the songs in and build midi triggers around this to operate all the automation. I purchased a usb key foot switch and also a very cut down kodi remote with wireless dongle. The wireless remote is set to trigger the show start of stage then once on the stage the footswitch is used to trigger the next song after you have talked. When the song is started the show player will send a midi trigger to carla which does the audio effects, i have this sending one for a reverb on and off and another for a delay on and off with scope for adding a slapback delay soon. Carla is loaded with the calf studio plugins  not only does the plugins calf supply sound awesome, they also look awesome! i got the rack loaded with compression and a 12 band EQ and reverb and delay. I just attached the midi triggers to the reverb and delay as the other just stay on continuous.

The last part of the automation is the light control using open dmx and the mighty QLC Plus light software now to get this connected to the lights you just need a little box which was  a great price , i got the enttec open dmx box plugs and plays no problem, the only problem i had the box has a five pin out and my dmx is 3 pin so had to get a convertor which wasnt easy to get local like so although a cheap price!  I connected to this two led floods a spinning head light, a laser and a smoke machine. All the hardware added as the fixtures were already in the software and watched a couple of tutorials on the website and had a light show up and running in ten minutes with lasers, smoke spinning heads the lot running! Now im just working on triggering the light shows i make with midi triggers. When i find this out ill post the triggers on this post as i cant find them online! but here is a idea of the results.. 

here are some handy forums that helped me along the way!!

and the guys who run linux show player here on gitter 


Here you can see linux show player triggering the light shows and a static scene using virtual console and attaching midi commands!

Alembic Spoiler For Jaydee Trade Or Cash Offer


I got a mint 1983 Alembic Spoiler Bass In Original Hard Case for sale.

These basses are top end and have to be serious to discuss a deal with this.

Here is the alembic spec on the bass

Im looking for a cash offer or id prefer a good condition jaydee bass either the MK or GA24 . Im based in spain but can organise carriage.

Please not only jaydee as specified no other guitars or basses.

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My show projection plan is coming into action….


linux show player triggering video using vlc to specified monitor

this is the command ive been looking for! fires projections from cues to a projector … watch this space! vlc –qt-fullscreen-screennumber=1 -f video.mp4

check this!!

ill put this to bed for now but the light show triggers you will see next”

I just created my first midi triggers!!


I just created my first midi triggers!!

Im just setting myself up for a whole new music show for this year – ive made a lot of changes in the way i loose the effects pedal for vocals and all the effects pedals for guitar and a new addition is a full lighting system using open dmx – i have laser / floor LED pars  / smoke machine and also pin spot on a moving head.

Also ive got the behringer fcb1010 connected to guitarix for my guitar effects which was my original idea at looking at amp modelling and turned into creating a full automated show! I can automate the guitar but i dont want that i like to do this myself and have the option to have what i want at any time with the guitar.

The show is created with linux show player which will take in audio tracks and media cues to trigger slight shows and effects. With this on the video you can see the delay is on as soon as i activate – ive turned off vocal delay as the first trigger which sets it to dry. it then waits for my single usb footswitch that sends a space bar or any key i assign and then triggers the delay level to what ever i want to if the song needs heavier echo this gets activated at the same time as it triggers the song . At the end of the song the trigger sets the delay to dry again so i can speak and waits for the pedal. The software also replay gains all the songs levelling them up and each track has its own EQ which is handy if you have weak songs on the bottom end.

Here is the software im using.

And rakarrack is a awsome guitar effects application which im using for the vocals – ive got compression / limiter / EQ / echo / delays / reverbs and multiple variation which also i can pick from the trigger for each song.

here is a link for rararrack

the next step which ive already connected and working on is making the light sequences and then triggering the light presets to each song so each song has its own light / laser and smoke show. And here is the link for this

All this is done by using midi which hasnt taken long to pick up at all to be honest. But is a learning curve!!

Have to say a massive thanks to the guys at linux show player for helping my out over the past couple of days. Awesome.

here is a demo of the echo being on and me triggering – selects echo dry – starts intro music i fast forward music manually which then waits – then i press go on or foot key press and turns ehco on and starts the song.

Wayne Ward – GET BACK – Torremolinos.


Wayne Ward – GET BACK!!

Guitarist / Vocalist based in Torremolinos –  im available for private partied and events.  I have covered the bottom end of the coast and am available for shows and bookings within a two hour drive distance. A great range of music for any event from 50’s to 90’s. If your looking for a musician for your party / event please free to contact me. Here are some of my social networking sites so you can contact me or watch me perform live on youtube. I

f you want the best and the dance floor filling then contact GET BACK! the diary is filling up fast for 2108!  Music styles include rock and roll, country and sixties. Music from the Beatles, Chuck Berry, The Monkees, The Drifters, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Elvis, Wings, Neil Diamond, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Pacemakers, The Shadows, Sam Cooke, Santana, Eric Clapton, Don Gibson, Johnny Kid & The Pirates, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Oasis, Doobie Brothers, Robert Johnson & Much more!! 

wayne ward torremolinos

Also available acoustic version playing a great range of songs for you to enjoy.  Feel free to visit my facebook page here or my youtube page with loads of great live videos for you to enjoy which is here

You can see me doing my solo show or performing live with my rock and roll band -> The Twisters!


Make sure if you are booking a special event you visit the act so you know for sure what you are getting. Dont book somebody half baked! get the best !! GET BACK!! visit my website.

Guitarix – Behringer FCB1010 Midi Channel & Expression Pedal Calibration


Guitarix – Behringer FCB1010

I recently purchased the Behringer FCB1010 midi foot pedal to connect and control my guitarix music rig on linux. The pedal didnt connnect straight away as it was set to channel 16 for some crazy reason so to change the channel

This changes the channel i set mine to channel one.

Set the MIDI Channels

The MIDI channel on your FCB1010 must match the MIDI channel used on your other MIDI gear.  If they are not the same,  MIDI commands sent buy the FCB1010 will just be ignored by your MIDI gear.  Try MIDI channel 1 on both for a start.

To set the MIDI channel on your FCB1010, do the following:

  1. If FCB1010 is turned on, turn it off
  2. Press and hold the Down button while you turn on the FCB1010.  Keep holding it down for about 5 seconds. When you see the small green light come on, release the button
  3. Press the UP button once.  The green light will have changed to the MIDI Function selection.
  4. Press the 1 button.  The 1 button LED and green light will begin to blink.  The display will change to show you the current MIDI channel for PC command.
  5. Press the UP button once.  The green light will move to MIDI Chann and the display digit will begin to blink.
  6. Press the 0 button and then the 1 button.  This will change it to MIDI channel 1.  The display should now show 01.
  7. Press the UP button once.  The green light will move to the MIDI Config selection.
  8. Now press and hold the Down button for about 5 seconds.  The display will change to 00.

You have now programmed the FCB for the first PC command to MIDI channel 1.  To set a different channel, the steps are basically the same except you enter a different number in the sixth step above.

This is the steps for calibration

FCB1010 Pedal Calibration

How to Calibrate the Behringer FCB1010 Expression Pedals

Many users experience problems with the expression pedal range on new FCB1010’s, in which one or both pedals do not transmit a full range of controller values from 0-127 (0x00-0x7F).   the way to fix this is to follow the steps outlined below.

  1. Keep footswitches 1 and 3 pressed while switching on the unit (This bit you can’t do standing up!). Release the switches when the display blanks. The LEDs on the footswitches, the ones on the display and each segment of the two numeric displays will turn on and off in sequence.
  2. Wait until all footswitch LEDs are on. Depress all footswitches one at a time, including UP and DOWN, until all LEDs are off.
  3. Wait until relay switch test is finished. (There will be a couple of mechanical clicks, and the display will end up reading “F1” (at least, it did on mine)). [Also, if you have connected a MIDI cable between the MIDI in and out, the display will show “A1” before this, meaning the midi ports work correctly.]
  4. Press DOWN once.
  5. Adjust the left expression pedal (A) to the lowest value. Once adjusted press UP.
  6. Adjust the left expression pedal (A) to the highest value. Once adjusted press UP.
  7. Adjust the right expression pedal (B) to the lowest value. Once adjusted press UP.
  8. Adjust the right expression pedal (B) to the highest value. Once adjusted press UP.
  9. Select a patch which has both pedals set to their full range, and check the expression pedals now send 0-127 (0x00-0x7F)

Enjoy your pedal and expression pedals on guitarix i am!!

as you can see ive just created a standard template rack config which im going to use through me presets with the racks in the order which i think is best! 

Brother MFC-7440N Antergos / Arch


I just switched to antergos which is a linux system based on arch. The good thing is that its connected to AUR the Arch_User_RepositoryΒ which opens up the door to a massive load of packages ready to install. Now the brother MFC 7440n printer drivers are based on either deb or rpm installs which of course arch doesnt use. I did install the brother 7420n drivers but the scan was coming out with a pinkish background.. but im thinking that you still could install this driver as long as you dont use brscan4 and if it installs this remove it and use brscan3 this makes the scans correct i found this out in the end! Any way if you want to run the deb insaller which i ended up doing in the end i just used add remove to install the package dpkg – which will install debian packages on the install – now this is said not be used a lot but if you just have something quick that needs installing you can use this but not a permanant solution. After i had installed this package i just proceeded as i did before.


so pull the instal file from here based on the deb version then extract the linuxinstall file and make it executable either by right clicking on it and select executable or chmod +x the file from the terminal. Then run the file with a dot forward slash Β >> .sudo /likethis This will then run the full install asking you the model name which is mfc-7440n and just follow it through – i have my printer on the network and i can trigger the scans over the network from simple scan which again you can get from add remove or pacman πŸ™‚

happy scanning and printing πŸ™‚

Happy 2018!!


Happy 2018!!


We have had the most amazing time over xmas! Ive played right through its been crazy! had some awesome food, awesome beer and met some awesome people! just all around awesome! I got booked on new years eve for new years eve 2018! now thats awesome πŸ™‚

We have had a great xmas and nice to be sinking slowly back into work for 2018. The weather is lovely which helps! we have a slight wind and its cool at night but the days are like brand new.  It was nice to see my dad over xmas god bless his soul. Took him to gibralter and the malaga car museum he always enjoys spain.

FB_IMG_1514912262097Music Wise

Ive added some great new songs to my show as get back and are getting calls and interest from all over the coast. Ive also invested in a great light show including a DMX light control unit.  I also got a spinning pin spot and a smoke machine a laser and another larger floor LED flood panel. The laser isnt in action yet as i didnt knwo you needed a cut out switch to make the unit active but thats currently in the post!! We have sat down and looked at the unit and had it fully functional but need to learn how to program scenes and chases which is the next step and then we have to learn lisa this.. but we have a few weeks before we really need to take the full light rig. Im booked through january and into february but the calls come every day so please any bars / hotels or people wanting to play there parties please make sure you get in contact well in advance id hate to disapoint. I also have been gigging with my rock and roll band the twisters! we are three pice band – upright bass player and drummer and banging out a load of great catchy rock and roll tunes!  Keep a eye out for me as GET BACK or WAYNE PAUL WARD or THE TWISTERS on around the costa del sol.

Tech Time!…

Really enjoying the samsung note 8 its really moving mobile phones into the computer line. Im pretty stock with it and im just waiting for a dax and ubuntu for samsung note 8 installer … but hey thats another blog when i get my hands on it …

in a word presenting > ANTERGOS


I decided to switch from ubuntu after really they make big offerings and pull them and make to big changes for me. After buying a ubuntu tablet and a ubuntu phone for me and lisa and them just drop  them after a year was pushing it.. then they just pull unity and replace it with gnome just like that!.. i was pissed when they pulled ubuntu one but carried on. They just gone to far for something thats just not that great. I looked for a new system thats kick ass and geared towards gnome and i found antergos. Antergos is a arch based distro without the half day of setting up the arch system…

Ive been there done that wore the t-shirt running gentoo. The system sets up what i consider to be one of the most solid, responsive and versatile linux system ive used to date, bearing in mind i was there at the beggining! i tried antergos in a virtualbox and was planning on using it for a week maybe… a hour lated id made a bootable usb and installed from the live usb which pulls the latest installer and installs the latest version from the internet with all the packages you need !! steam.. office and you get to pick the desktop you want to run! awesome – as you can see i went with gnome! After running and trying it our for a day i could this was the one a proceded to setup my main computer / server and this went great as well! i did notice that gnome file share doesnt work out of the box which ive had a moan about on the forums but any way i followed this tutorial … ohh and i must say reboot after doing all this or it doesnt work – look here

A few things about antergos its rapid and can see the difference compared to ubuntu in speed and bloat … take it this way on the ubuntu xps laptop with ubuntu loaded the fans just run all the time red hot.. since antergos the machine is like new and havent heard the fans! and one other differnce of course is no apt-get install packagename !! i now get pacman -S packagename   nothing to hard about that!!! take a look at the OS its amazing!

We are still selling craft ale with craft on the coast – we mainly sell 3 monos and la catarina but have other beers in stock check out our website which is also growing database of craft ale bars in the costa del sol!

Any way we offer you peace and love for 2018 – and hope. If you have anger please replace this with happiness and love. You get one chance at this life. Again peace, love and hope.


November 2017



Well you may notice my blogs really are not that active anymore.. Not just not having enough time nowadays its also the lack of wanting to actually sit behind a computer when the sun is roaring down! But now we hit November it is starting to cool down slightly in malaga.. although the days are still beach weather the nights and morning cools nicely. Ive been gigged out and been working from nerja right down the coast to san pedro / marbella.

The gigs have been varied from large hotels some seating 600+ to small bars that have 50-60 people in so its been great! Met some lovely people along the way! Looking forward to my xmas gigs which ive booked right through now which is good. Ive added quite a lot of new songs that broaden my music scope for places ive been playing. Also added a few new bits to my hardware for the gigs and shows, lights / pedals / stands and also added a dedicated phone which i use for live cam and also video and photo footage along the way.

Please visit my youtube channel for some of my new show videos!

Thank you for checking me out!

Technology changes ive added a note 8 which is a awesome phone and a massive addition and sound difference to the shows. Tech wise i dumped tablets and just use the PC for heavy coding and still use the old trusty dell xps ubuntu edition which today just loaded with fresh ubuntu 17.10 installs which is awesome!! Check this..

get your free copy here

Ive been that busy i really havent had time to use computers but im coding some sites our this week while it goes a bit quiet for a week. Business wise im selling beer with my company craft on the coast up and down the coast again which we are picking up some loose ends this week and pushing some beer into new bars. Computer wise ive dropped computer repairs and reinstalls totally and im just concentrating on websites. Ive also dropped IPTV and droid boxes as i found it more to be favors which no body really appreciated and ended up being just a loss of time like computers! I will still carry out remote work for my good existing customers though πŸ˜‰ 

Its been nice to see the family and friends who have been to visit and i thank them from the bottom of my heart for coming to spend precious time with us. You all know who you are.

Ive set my recording gear back up and ready for doing some recording over the xmas period so ill post some fantastic new tracks for you to listen to and enjoy hopefully!

Got some new plans and projects for the new year with the music that ill be posting about in the new year!… watch this space.

Any way i finish my November blog and say peace and love to all. December is just around the corner so please get ready for the festive period and have a great time.

ps if you havent listened t o liam gallaghers new album GET IT – its top end and not a band song on it!! -check out china town and paper crown.. as you were….


technology, linux, life and music… what else is there?