[LAU] Best setup for sound recording under Intrepid

Dave Phillips dlphillips at woh.rr.com
Mon Dec 29 13:14:04 EST 2008

Stephen Nesbitt wrote:
> In this maillist I have seen a lot of warning that realtime is broken in 
> Intrepid. Ok that's understandable if not wonderful :-)

I'm using 8.10 on my notebook, an HP G60-125NR. By my experience, 
Intrepid is a mixed blessing.

Btw, I'm using the Molnar patched rt-kernel.

> But the question is then if one is running Intrepid what is the proper setup? 
> I'm looking for something like "The (almost) Perfect Sound Recording  Setup 
> for Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex". This is information I haven't seen and given the 
> number of questions in reference to Intrepid being asked on this list, one 
> that might be valuable.
> The fundamental requirement is that one is running Intrepid as one's main 
> system. Replacing Intrepid with Hardy is not an option.

Is this system on a notebook or desktop box ? Perhaps you'll do better 
on a desktop machine, but I would not recommend using Intrepid as a 
production system on a notebook.

> Here are some possibilities that have crossed my mind:
> 1) Setup a dual boot Hardy/Intrepid system - doable but a pain because of 1) 
> the need to reboot and 2) the potential loss of access to one's standard home 
> directory, tools, email and system configuration.

It's the safest route though.

> 2) Use Intrepid despite not having access to a realtime kernel. In this case 
> information on realistic expectations on latency, how to best configure Jack to 
> limit xruns, etc would be very nice. In other words, can Intrepid even be used 
> as a base for music recording and what are the gotchas (if any)?

Frankly, I have so many non-audio related problems with Intrepid that I 
can't recommend it at all. See this Ubuntu users forum for more opnions 
re: 8.10 :




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