[LAU] Fwd: [linux-audio-user] Real-time kernel

Loki Davison loki.davison at gmail.com
Sun Jun 24 21:12:21 EDT 2007

On 6/25/07, Chuckk Hubbard <badmuthahubbard at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 12/1/06, Dave Phillips <dlphillips at woh.rr.com> wrote:
> >
> > Bill Allen wrote:
> >
> > > At the risk of repeating myself, in the time that I've been just
> > > reading this thread (not to mention the time that you've been putting
> > > into trying the stuff mentioned) I could have downloaded 64Studio, set
> > > aside a 5-10 GB partition, installed it, and had a working system with
> > > all the real-time patched AMD64 music-enabled system that you can get.
> > > Yes, you've got to dual boot, I do it all the time. Ubuntu is my
> > > family system that we use for work and play, but when I want to do
> > > music I boot into 64Studio. It's simply a lot easier than trying to
> > > make a general purpose distro into a music enabled one.
> >
> > Hear the man. I started writing a similar reply yesterday, but Bill's
> > said it better here. Given the availability of multimedia-optimized
> > distros I just don't see the point of putting myself through what the
> > distro maintainers have already been through and mastered. Maybe it's an
> > age thing, at mine I get someone else to do the heavy lifting. :)
> >
> > Really, I work with Linux audio software to make music. I lost interest
> > in mucking about with kernel configurations long ago. Yes, I'm glad I
> > know how to do some of that stuff by myself, but I no longer consider it
> > a necessary part of the process. I agree with Bill, use 64Studio,
> > PlanetCCRMA, or some other optimized distro and save yourself time and
> > energy.
> >
> > Best,
> >
> > dp
> >
> >
> Hi Dave and everyone.  I am still wrestling with this.  I have the new ALSA
> driver that supports my card, finally, but under 64studio I still get
> 20-some xruns a second, and Audacity is unable to connect to jackd.
> PortAudio appears for a split second in the jack connection dialog, and
> disappears.  Some of you told me 64studio was preconfigured for low-latency
> audio out of the "box" and all the apps were tuned to the distro, but it
> doesn't seem to work that way for me.
> Anyone know an up-to-date guide to low-latency audio on Debian or Linux?
> There's still a lot of info out there that is obsolete, so I'm wary of
> Google.
> Just a note: I have been trying for several years to get low-latency audio
> working right on Linux.  This is a new machine, though, as of November 06,
> and I had to wait 7 months for my audio card and wireless (still not working
> right) to be nominally supported, so I haven't tried much for about 6
> months.  I'm still amazed at how everything just seems to work without
> tweaking for some folks, and I'm wondering if there's something fundamental
> I'm just not doing.  My problems have baffled some of the very developers
> who created drivers specifically for the hardware I have.  What could be
> wrong?
> -Chuckk

I also had problems for ages getting my soundcard to work. After a
long time i found a good solution. I bought a decent soundcard. Got
cardbus on the laptop? grab an echo cardbus thing. They are cheap on
ebay in the USA. I got my Gina3g from the USA for 200 USD. Pretty damn
cheap compared to a new guitar or bass. If you have firewire you can
try that too after looking what cards work. The cardbus is easier


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