[LAU] Fwd: Success! An Asus EEE softsynth!

Justin Smith noisesmith at gmail.com
Tue Feb 3 05:41:08 EST 2009

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From: Justin Smith <noisesmith at gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Feb 3, 2009 at 2:40 AM
Subject: Re: [LAU] Success! An Asus EEE softsynth!
To: Ken Restivo <ken at restivo.org>


I have an eeepc.

Would you have any interest in providing a torrent or regular download
of a disk image of your running system? (minus your home directory and
any incriminating details in /etc of course). I don't think it would
be a huge amount of work on your part, and it would save me and many
other people with eeepcs a huge amount of work (the extent of which
you should be well aware of since you just went through it).

If you made a torrent I would promise to leave it continuously seeding
for a long time.

Maybe it would be more complicated to do this than I am imagining, so
second best would be a nice detailed howto with all the downloads and
hand configurations etc. mapped out.

On Tue, Feb 3, 2009 at 2:28 AM, Ken Restivo <ken at restivo.org> wrote:
> I'm happy to report that I am writing this from my new EEE softsynth, running an RT-patched kernel, jackd, and several softsynths.
> System info, if anyone is interested, is here:
> http://restivo.org/projects/eee
> I'm stunned that this even works, but it does, and astoundingly well!
> I've got cpufreq userspace governor, manually set to maximum CPU speed (1.6Ghz). I'm using the crappy built-in hda-intel card, and not even at its native frame rate (I'm at 44100, not 48000). I'm also using a version of jackd that has been reported to be sub-optimal (0.109.2-3).
> The last missing peices were the rt2860sta and atl1e drivers, which I built in a few minutes from source packages already in Debian-EEE (make-kpkg modules_image .... done!). Many thanks for the patch to fix the alsa_seq; it works perfectly in the kernel.
> I now have a usable Linux synth for live performance, which weighs 1.45KG, fits in a backpack, runs all my crucial sounds, draws about 1 amp at maximum CPU speed, and reportedly will run 6 hours on its own internal battery. With the cheap Edirol PCR-30 I bought a few months ago, and a small battery-powered amp, I can do street performances now-- or other casual gigs-- while lugging a minimum amount of gear. I'm thrilled.
> I still have to compile a couple packages that aren't in Debian: my own few utilitiies, AZR3-JACK, klick, WhySynth, and a few others, and I'm set to go. I also want to recompile the kernel again to change the timer 1000Hz not 250Hz.
> 0.109 works, but what is the most stable/reliable/efficient version of JACK I should look into. 0.116?
> -ken
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