[linux-audio-dev] Re: [linux-audio-user] New powermacs?

Brian Redfern bredfern at calarts.edu
Sat Jun 21 21:37:00 UTC 2003

The problem I had with osx was that there wasn't enough good audio
freeware. Pd works well, and so does csound and soundhack, but I use a lot
of midi and find the lack of a free app like muse or rosegarden4 is not so
nice, given logic audio costs $750. What I did was go back to os9 on my
one machine and I run protools free for some things, but by and large I
use linux for most of my production and performance, but there too I use
my laptop with a korg electribe sampler and sync them together, so I don't
see linux as a monolithic solution, but it adds too many unique apps to
not have a big part of my studio, even if I'm an old mac/protools user.

On Sat, 21 Jun 2003, Ivica Bukvic wrote:

> Hi all,
> Just heard the news (rumors) of new Macs that are going to hit the
> streets on Monday. Seems like Apple is finally going to catch-up with
> the PC world: there's talk of using IBM's PowerPC 970 64-bit CPU's.
> Makes me wonder what repercussions this will have on the whole LAD/LAU
> community, considering that they supposedly will have built-in optical
> audio I/O and with the recent announcement of Trolltech to make OS X Qt
> GPL-ed, leaves less and less advantages in Linux's favor (apart from the
> obvious untouchable open architecture and perhaps faster growing
> user-base -- according to recent news, can't remember where I exactly I
> read it tho, sale of factory-built Linux boxes should surpass Apple's
> this year, and that does not even include people with home-built
> machines and dual-booters).
> Please don't get me wrong. I am still in favor of Linux, obviously due
> to its open architecture. But at the same time I am becoming a bit weary
> of having to "hack" my advanced audio settings rather than use
> user-friendly tools. That, coupled with still anemic direct vendor hw
> driver support has really made me pay closer attention on Macs (as scary
> as that sounds). Yet, I feel such a sense of accomplishment when my
> Linux purrs just right with my desktop being uniquely configured and
> tailored to my needs. After all, I am a geek. :-) And the inner struggle
> goes on...
> Anyone care to comment or (please) dissuade me from potentially making a
> costly mistake? ;-)
> Ivica Ico Bukvic, composer & multimedia sculptor
> http://meowing.ccm.uc.edu/~ico

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