[linux-audio-user] Re: Need a new 'pooter

Loki Davison loki.davison at gmail.com
Sat Nov 12 19:24:04 EST 2005

On 11/13/05, John Mulholland <johnmulholland at fastmail.fm> wrote:
> Well audio specific hardware aside, there is a beast of a system which
> would do the job nicely. It is called the DNUK Workstar W420E-HE (1),
> and it is reviewed in this months Linux User & Developer magazine. If I
> had the money, it is what I would go for. Elsewhere, Digital Village are
> doing some dual core stuff at the moment, and are becoming more Linux
> aware. Both of those machines are relatively future proof. Worth
> checking out.
> Also whilst rambling about music, I have put together a little
> introductory feature in this months Music Tech Magazine, all about Linux
> music software. Perhaps take a look at that for some ideas or inspiration.
> Of course it is a tricky one, money to spend, a new music setup to
> create...... ahhh you get no sympathy!!  :)
> John
> 1. https://secure.dnuk.com/systems/w420-he.php
> Bungee wrote:
> >Hi all,
> >
> >I have become reasonably familiar with Linux, and recently completed the
> >transfer of all my existing MIDI compositions to a working setup based
> around
> >RoseGarden. I have also started experimenting with software synthesisers,
> >ZynAddSubFX being a particular favourite of mine. However, the problem I
> now
> >have is processor bandwidth. I seem to frequently run at more than 70% (as
> >indicated by Gkrellm) and just a sniff above that and things start to
> sound
> >really horrible. Also, the on-board sound card really can't manage the
> quality I
> >want, either for recording or playback.
> >
> >The obvious solution is to build a completely new system specifically for
> sound
> >work, but I am totally baffled by the choices. MB, Processor, Memory,
> Sound
> >Card, and on, and on...
> >
> >Can anyone suggest where I can go to get this all put together? I don't
> mind
> >paying for a GOOD system, and apart from the fact that all my files MUST be
> in
> >an open format I'm not too fussed about which distro/apps to use.
> >
> >Of course, not only do I want to know what to get, I also need to know
> where to
> >get it. Somewhere North of the Isle of Wight would be a good start!
> >

That system seem WAY too expensive. My AMD64 system, with sata drives,
etc was AUD600 with a 17" CRT and nvidia 6600LE. That's 252 GBP. With
dual core processor it is  80 GBP more.  I'd buy a system like this
and get a decent sound card, m-audio, echo or something like that.


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