[LAU] Best setup for sound recording under Intrepid

alex stone compose59 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 29 14:09:57 EST 2008

Fedora 8 32bit here, and UbuntuStudio Hardy 8.0.4. 64bit  both going like a
train, with very few challenges.

If you don't really need the latest and greatest, then, well, if it ain't

Similar jack/alsa setup on both (Jackmp dbus version, latest svn a week ago,
Alsa 1.0.17, and a couple of important lib updates, which i compiled from

Dave Phillips, the chap to blame to for getting me into linux, (O wise one
:) ) will tell you that i'm a serial linux maniac of some 14 months from
scratch, with no coding skills, fierce enthusiasm, and relentlessly poor
humour, all of which are 'human' libs i've 'compiled' to get the above dual
boots working well,and importantly, successfully.

I've avoided the intrepid up date for the RT kernel challenges, and haven't
lost anything at all by sticking with releases one step removed from
current. I respectuflly suggest you might consider the same, with the
notable exception of Jack, where the latest version, hot out of the oven, is
a better bet than 0.109. something, which comes as the default with ubuntu.
0.109 came about in a period of transition for Jack, as the devs got the BIG
spanners  and power tools out, and did some serious work. (which has come to
fruit for us appreciative users in the latest release.)

Good luck.

Alex Stone.

On Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 9:48 PM, Joe Hartley <jh at brainiac.com> wrote:

> On Mon, 29 Dec 2008 09:24:01 -0800
> Stephen Nesbitt <stephen_nesbitt at alumni.cmc.edu> wrote:
> > I'm looking for something like "The (almost) Perfect Sound Recording
> Setup
> > for Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex".
>                .  .  .
> > The fundamental requirement is that one is running Intrepid as one's main
> > system. Replacing Intrepid with Hardy is not an option.
> This in a nutshell is one of the biggest frustrations I have with all the
> various distributions of Linux and the desire for certain functionality,
> especially since we have yet to see the realtime patches included in the
> kernel.
> I am pretty agnostic about distributions.  I use RHEL and CentOS at work,
> I've installed Ubuntu and Fedora on machines for people wanting to get
> away from Windows, and played with SuSE, Debian, Knoppix and a few others.
> When I was setting up my studio machine, I didn't ask "How do I force the
> studio computer to work with my distro of choice?" but "Who has already
> done
> the work of tweaking a distribution for audio work?"  If you ask the first
> question and Google doesn't reply with a clear answer, then the answer is
> probably "nobody" and you're off in uncharted territory.  (As with all such
> projects, if you undertake it, document and post your findings!!)
> My answer at the time was that the work done by Fernando at CCRMA at
> Stanford
> to tweak Fedora for audio was a clear winner, though there have since been
> other distros that have equally happy users.
> My gut feeling is that if you absolutely require Intrepid for some reason,
> you'll have to live with the performance and xrun issues.  I can't imagine
> that running an OS in any kind of virtual machine will bring any
> satisfaction,
> as you're just adding a level of complexity.  You'd be better off starting
> with a new OS installation based on one of the distros tweaked for audio.
> Good luck!
> --
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