[LAU] linux audio ready in 5 minutes - using which distro and interface?

Frank Barknecht fbar at footils.org
Sun Dec 9 04:56:50 EST 2007

hollunder at gmx.at hat gesagt: // hollunder at gmx.at wrote:

> On Sat, 8 Dec 2007 14:53:49 +0100
> Frank Barknecht <fbar at footils.org> wrote:
> > 
> > Try pure:dyne: http://puredyne.goto10.org/
> My idea is to be able to do this with a low budget, everything you
> would need would be the usb interface (most older computers don't have
> firewire) and probably some kind of storage device to get the data home
> or to some other place or even to record to it directly. The interface
> could be used at home as well. The storage device could be an external
> usb disc or cd-r, dvd-r, whatever.

That's exactly what pure:dyne was designed for. I've used e.g. it in
Pure-Data-workshops to quickly give attendants a working system with
Pd, jack and all that on their laptops.

> No need for a laptop, a hardware recorder or anything, just cheap stuff
> you can use at home as well.
> The result isn't going to be a high quality recording anyway, because
> the location is likely not a studio or anything, but it would allow to
> just pack the stuff into a small backpack and record something at any
> place with a computer, using linux ;)
> Currently I wonder which audio interface would fit best.
> It would need to be usb and work well with the linux distro out of the
> box and jack, which, I think, is probably a bit problematic.

It's not problematic, unless you're dealing with ppc-machines or so,
newer macbooks also can be tricky. Other than that, just get a USB
soundbox that's supported by ALSA, check the USB device list for that: 

An example setup could be pure:dyne on a 2 or 4 gig USB stick with the
Behringer U-Control USB device. Fits in every pocket, cost is less
than 50 Euro/Dollar.

 Frank Barknecht                                     _ ______footils.org__

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