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Here’s a checklist for participants of my training session Interactive experiments in sound synthesis with Nsound, numpy and matplotlib at EuroPython 2014 in Berlin.

  1. Have/bring a laptop with Linux (preferred), Windows, or OS X and good headphones.
    An external audio interface may help with audio performance but is not essential.
  2. Download and install my virtual machine appliance for the course
    or follow the instructions to set up your own environment for the course.
  3. Get the initial course material from my Git repository (the $ denotes the shell prompt):
    $ git clone http://chrisarndt.de/git/soundxp-ep2014.git soundxp

    If you use my virtual machine, do this instead:

    $ cd ~/work/soundxp
    $ git pull
  4. Test that audio output over your headphones works by playing the file audio/mynameis.wav from the course material with any audio player provided by your system (for example on my virtual machine you can use aplay from the command line).
  5. Test that your Nsound installation works by activating the virtual environment in which you installed it (see step 2) and running:
    $ cd soundxp
    $ ipython -i startup.py
    Python 2.7.8 (default, Jul  1 2014, 17:30:21)
    Type "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
    IPython 2.1.0 -- An enhanced Interactive Python.
    In[1]: /pl mynameis

We will quickly do steps 3 - 5  at the beginning of the course again for all participants to get up-to-date.

I’m looking forward to meeting you all at the training session, let’s have fun making noise!