Smasher is an easy to use and lightweight audio loop slicer for Linux and Windows. I decided I would give it a try and that I should package it for Ubuntu (see Download section below).
It might need a little time before you figure out how this thing works. First you need to understand the Patterns (upper-right part); Smasher divided the file you’ve given him into slices, and each slice gets a number and that’s the numbers you see on the left. From there, you can select in which order to play the slices.
Below the pattern area, there is the effects area, that’s where you can apply an effect to each slice (first column for first slice being played). Then it is very easy to understand the rest of how it works.
Important: Smasher doesn’t seem to support (or struggles with) files that are relatively big. I suggest you stick with mp3’s that are less than 1mb, or Wav files are less than 2 or 3mb. Otherwise you’ll see your Ram memory go up and your computer will start freezing.
Here are some of the features it offers (from official website):
- slice loops in seconds
- load MP3, WAV, FLAC and AIFF
- save as WAV
- resonant filters
- share presets online
- sample packs
- free and open source
I packaged Smasher version 1.1.1 for Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope (9.04) and it can be downloaded from the CodeAlpha PPA: