Making Studio work with more than one DE
jimmy at sjolund.se
Wed May 22 20:09:26 UTC 2013
this is my first post to the mailing list. So bare with me for a short
introduction. When I discovered Ubuntu Studio some years ago I only had
access to a very old pc and a quite old laptop. However I was able to
record some songs on it, but mixing was a nightmare since the computers
were too old. Then I upgraded to a Sony Vaio after much research about Vaio
and Ubuntu. However, there were issues between jack, my audio card and how
the Sony Vaio use USB. The result was that I could only record in 16 bit,
44.1 kHz. Which was worse than I had before on my old computers, 24 bit and
48 kHz.. So I reverted to Windows for my audio recordings and tried out
every new release of Ubuntu Studio until finally everything just worked in
12.04. At last, I could actually do all my recordings, mixing and mastering
in US. But by then I was about to have my first child and the time for
recording somehow disappeared...
> Anyway: any person, that uses Win or Mac for that that tries US and is
> encountering this problem will switch back and maybe consider using
> Linux next year or never....
Which was just what I did. I was persistent to try out every new release
until my equipment finally worked. By now it's outdated, oh well, but
that's another issue.
> Do you have a statistic on how many people out there use US for
This would be interesting. From reading the Ubuntu Forums there seem to be
at least some using it in their professional studios. I do music
recordings, but the degree of "professionalism" could be argued. On the
other hand, with the DIY revolution in the music industry many could be
> First of all, Ubuntu Studio is not a pro audio distribution. It's for
> all multimedia content creation.
I have always considered US as a pro audio distribution, why not? Real
time/low latency kernel and all... I see now that site actually states
"multimedia" in several places. But if I wouldn't use US for pro audio,
what should I use instead? Back to Windows or Mac? Further, what defines
"pro audio"? Probably in the music industry ProTools on Mac and so on will
continue to be leading, but for a home studio or in the early stages studio
I think Ubuntu Studio could be a choice to consider. And more with the
right marketing and support. Mind you, being an audio engineer and musician
I'm mostly thinking about the audio parts of the distribution. (Though I
happily use Gimp and Kdenlive).
> Getting audio working for audio production, with some bloated desktop
> environments is not very useful.
I couldn't agree more. I like when my desktop looks nice but when I'm about
to record, cut a video or handle large graphics my main concern is
performance. I was quite happy when US changed to Xfce. I think it's the
right way to go. I actually changed my other workstations to Xfce as well
If you want Unity or other you can always use standard Ubuntu and add the
audio, video and/or graphic tools you need. Make Ubuntu Studio a bit
special for the creative people.
> We don't know how long into the future the xfce platform will best suit
our needs (very little warning was given during the
> gnome/unity move that prompted our switch to xfce in the first place),
and the lack of DE-specific code the easier it will be for those
> of us who love a different DE to just switch.
Which also makes sense.
> Please remember
> that the team is only a handful of people, and constructive help in most
> cases is actually doing things yourself.
> I'm currently trying to get more people involved, and we have gotten
> some responses. Many people come by, but getting really dedicated people
> doesn't happen every day, and most people simply don't have the time for
Not being able to code I don't know how to contribute even though I really
would like to? Other than participating in the mailing list that is.
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