[LAU] Going from window to linux
therevoltingx at gmail.com
Wed Feb 27 21:42:27 EST 2008
I use both windows (Sonar & FL Studios) along with Linux for my audio
Linux doesn't yet have a stable DAW program that will do everything,
i.eMIDI, Audio, Mastering, etc.. Ardour does audio extremely well, as
sequencing I just love Seq24.
In Linux you'll find that you have to use a variety of separate applications
to produce a song.
However, I find the nature of audio producing in Linux quite liberating.
There are just so many powerful and interesting tools that you can
interconnect and play around with that there just simply isn't enough time
to explore them all.
Just check out the Linux audio apps page: http://linux-sound.org/
You should check out the alsa website to see if your audio interface is
I run both Linux and Windows side by side. I can't do away with windows
because my main audio card isn't supported on Linux. So I just built a
cheap system and installed JackLab Audio Distribution. Then I bought a
cheap audio card with midi capabilities off ebay ~$15. I then set the audio
out of linux into my windows machine and the MIDI IN/OUT into my windows
machine as well. Effectively making a Linux Sound Module, or something like
I can then use the great Linux sequencers to drive a windows only
synthesizer. Or I can use its Real Time capabilities to plug in an
instrument and use it as an effects box.
Of course this breaks the whole all-in-one concept and your projects will
become scattered not just across multiple programs, but across multiple
OSes. It's still manageable.
Because of my set up I've never had a need for VST adapters. Also Linux has
some excellent "VST-Like" instruments that can create any kind of sound you
can thing of (like Csound.) They just use different technologies that can
get confusing (i.e. ladspa, lv2, dssi, etc.)
As far as I know a 32 bit system can manage up to 4 gigs of ram on Linux.
JACK is the ASIO equivalent for Linux. If you're talking about accessing
the sound card with low latency.
Hope that helped in any way,
On Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 5:52 PM, JiNN <jinnproduction at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I have recently been thinking about going to linux on my DAW. I
> currently use fruity loops and run a winxp pro sp2, with a bunch of VST.
> There have been a couple of issues which made me try to seek another O/S
> for my audio. Number one is that I like to run a lot of VST, and
> I also like to have my project from sequencing to pre mastering all in one
> project. This, of course means a lot of CPU since i try to do as much
> as possible without rendering it to .wav and back, since this takes time,
> especially for little changes when mixing. Another issue is the
> windows 2gig ram application limit. I hit this a couple of times and was
> left in a dead end as to what to do. Vista is probably out of the option
> now since I hate how much garbage is in there and how much cpu it needs
> just to run. So I am thinking to switching to linux, but would like to
> ask a couple of question. If someone can spare a couple of minutes and
> pass your opinion on these subjects/questions, i would appreciate it very
> 1) How is VST adaptors for linux? I was reading there a couple of them.
> Has anyone had trouble with them?
> 2) I assume linux is a lot better with RAM than windows, and was curious
> if there are any people who are on this list
> that actually switched over and could tell me if they really could "do"
> a lot more in linux with the same hardware specs than in windows.
> Does linux have some sort of application RAM limit?
> 3) What is everyone's favority sequencer for linux? I know there are a
> couple of them. Which one is your favorite?
> 4) I have never used linux before. Would it be better for me to install
> linux first and after im comfortable try audio on it?
> 5) I assume there are DirectX adaptor also. Correct?
> 6) Audio drivers? I currently own the t.c. electronic konnekt8 audio
> interface and going from whats on the website they
> dont have linux drivers? Could i use AISO4ALL? I used those drivers on
> windows with no problems before, anyone have
> any problems with them on linux?
> I guess this is all for now. There are many more questions which i have,
> but i will do the research for those. If someone can also
> point em to some good resources on the web on linux audio i would def
> appreciate it.
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