[LAU] small/cheap devices that can run jackd?

Egor Sanin egor.sanin at gmail.com
Fri Nov 18 15:59:58 UTC 2011

I just thought I'd add by saying that I've recently been looking into
Micro ITX form factor fanless systems.  You can get a mobo/processor
combo for less than $100.  Nettops may also be a viable device.
I have recently come to the conclusion that these systems offer a very
similar level of portability  and much better performance for perhaps
less money than even netbooks.

Granted they are by default headless, but you can always ssh into it
from your not-for-music laptop and get at the graphics that way.

On 11/16/11, david <gnome at hawaii.rr.com> wrote:
> Ken Restivo wrote:
>> On Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 11:12:06PM -1000, david wrote:
>>> Ken Restivo wrote:
>>>> On Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 10:10:13PM -1000, david wrote:
>>>>> Jeremy Jongepier wrote:
>>>>>> On 10/24/2011 07:23 PM, Alessandro Preziosi (licnep) wrote:
>>>>>>> Does anybody have any idea for a device
>>>>>>> (smartphone/tablet/netbook/mini-pc...) that could run jackd
>>>>>>> and thus be used as an effects processor or synth module? I
>>>>>>> really don't know where to look, but the idea intrigues me.
>>>>>>> It should probably be something with a usb port, in order
>>>>>>> to connect midi stuff or an external audio card. Any idea?
>>>>>> Hello Alessandro,
>>>>>> A netbook is probably your best bet. I'm using a cheap
>>>>>> Packard Bell myself as a guitar effect unit or as a synth
>>>>>> module. Took some time to set it up but it works remarkably
>>>>>> well.
>>>>> And if you set it up so it's running either no GUI or a very
>>>>> light desktop environment, and turn off things like wireless,
>>>>> it should work  reasonably. I believe the person on the list
>>>>> who uses a netbook for  synthesizer uses linxusampler loading a
>>>>> 4GB piano aoundfont on a 2GB  netbook without any problems.
>>>> That would have been me, I think. I gigged more or less
>>>> constantly with this for over 2 years.
>>>> Circa 2008 era Asus EEE 1000, 1.2Ghz Atom, with SSD drive, 2GB
>>>> RAM.
>>>> I ran, simultaneously, LinuxSampler, several FluidSynth
>>>> instances, MonoSynth, Beatrix, several Jack-Rack instances packed
>>>> with LADSPA stuff, a mixer app, some homegrown daemons in c and
>>>> pythin, and some other stuff I can't remember right now. Live.
>>>> All night long. This was of course with an Ingo RT kernel.
>>>> Worked great. I'd recommend netbooks for Linux audio live
>>>> performance.
>>> Thanks, Ken, thought it was you. The newer netbooks (my wife's is
>>> about 6 months old) runs a dual-core, 1.6GHz Atom.
>> I should note, IIRC mine isn't dual-core, but it lied and said it
>> was, it using some weird hyperthreading thing. It crashed the Ingo RT
>> kernel, so I turned it off in the BIOS. It's a single-core machine,
>> and shows up as a single-core machine, and all is well.
> Yah, the Intel processors offer hyperthreading, which is supposed to
> give them the ability to run multiple threads at the same time on a
> single-core.
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