kubuntu-users Digest, Vol 30, Issue 57
D. Michael McIntyre
michael.mcintyre at rosegardenmusic.com
Sat Jul 21 16:47:11 BST 2007
On Saturday 21 July 2007, Richard Innes wrote:
> Tim: No need to get a sound card, Audacity should work with your on
> board sound. If you had sound before then the sound chip works with your
I haven't double checked every post on this thread, but I think it missed the
suggestion that his KDE sound system might be preventing Audacity from
gaining access to the audio hardware. On cheap AC97 chipsets like that one
(or even expensive ones like the ice1712 for that matter), only one
application can access the hardware at a time, and if KDE has its sound
server running, that application will be artsd, to the exclusion of
everything that doesn't know how to talk to artsd.
That's the simple explanation anyway. For the sake of simplicity, try turning
off KDE's sound server on Sound and Multimedia -> Sound System, then see if
Audacity gets happy.
> I have to confess here, I do most of my sound work in Windows simply
> because I get better results.
Just to offer another voice here... When I came to Linux, it took another
couple three years before I could accomplish the same things I used to do on
Windows ME, of all things. I thought Linux was ridiculously confusing, even
once I finally had it working, and I thought the mixers, especially, were
just astonishingly horrible, and impossible to use.
Then I got a laptop with Windows XP on it, and played around a bit. I have
concluded that using computers to try to create music is the road to sorrow
and frustration, regardless of your platform of choice. I have some unproven
belief that if I just had the money to buy a Mac and a pile of commercial
software for it, all my problems would go away. I don't do music often
enough to justify this expense though (neither a tricked out Mac, nor
commercial alternatives for Windows to replace my battered collection of
quasi-functional Linux applications), so I suffer, I plod, I torment myself
with that wretched, evil, three-eyed beast known as JACK, which is supposed
to be the answer to all prayers, and instead feels more like a venomous
monster intent on pricking me to death one drop of blood at a time with its
many-tined tormenting fork.
I've devoted a lot of time and effort to sorting this out for the regular dumb
kids of the world. I wrote a book, which is more than most of these genius
know-it-all gurus who crap 64-bit floats have ever done, but my book only
reveals my inability to complete my quest. I can't explain this to the
regular dumb kids of the world, because I'm too stupid to grasp it myself.
Any piece of music I successfully create is nothing short of a happy
accident, because I'm not really in control of any of this. Not on Windows
After just a couple months shy of five years at Rosegarden, it starts to feel
like I've been pissing my time away for nothing all these years.
D. Michael McIntyre
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