Selecting Hardware for Music Production
sean at seandarby.com
Sun Oct 26 06:41:22 GMT 2008
> Devices that work with ALSA:
> Unfortunately, the ALSA developers do not have the resources to test
> every device that appears on the market. Really, there are three ways
> to check compatiblity: The ALSA site http://www.alsa-project.org ;
> look into mailing list archives post a question to a list, news group,
> or irc chat ; and lastly, buy something and see for yourself.
I found this over on ALSA's site;
There are so many listed I wouldn't know which one to get. lol
Any idea if there's an average turn-out on success/fail with
ALSA-compatible devices tested strictly via the "buy something and see
for yourself" approach?
> I use the Alesis 1622 in my studio. I bought this new a very long
> time ago.
That's a pretty big mixer!
I don't want a small mixer, though I don't want a really big mixer. ;)
> I use the TOA live, because it is a rackmount 10 channel mixer and
> takes up only 8 spaces in a rack. I found both modules, the D-4 and
> D-4E, used on Craig's list for $50US. It was local so was able to I
> try it out before buying it.
That's a good idea - craigslist - I'll have to look there too.
> You can usually find these Behringer devices on-line. I usually
> purchase new from AmericanMusical.com, MusiciansFriend.com or
> zZounds.com. I usually purchase used from Craig's list. When it
> comes to used gear, I like to try before I buy.
I've purchased through musiciansfriend.com before though recently
discovered that zzounds.com is pretty good about competing with prices,
or matches them.
> combination with rack mounted synths, I mix then all in the 1622 and
> record into the Mac with ecasound.
Do you use Ubuntu Studio or just Mac?
> Another way to reduce latency is to not run a GUI environment like X
> Windows, and use a command-line utility for the project such as
I like using cli though prefer gui w/ this kind of thing. :)
> ecasound. Other ways to reduce latency are to get the hardware as
> close to the CPU as possible which is why I sometimes use the PCI
As close as possible? <confused>
> Figure out what it is you want to do, research how to do it, and then
> stay in your budget when making a purchase. For example, I don't know
> for certain if a USB MIDI controller device, like one of the Behringer
> B-Control devices, can control the volume of a audio track in
> Rosegarden. I am not going to make a purchasing decision until I have
> exhausted my research.
I'd like to record bass guitar, acoustic guitars, electric guitars,
electronic drumset, midi keyboard, vocals, occasional woodwind/brass
I've done some digging so far on the how-to...
How would members of the Ubuntu Studio community suggest recording that?
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