What HW/SW do people have working?
ubuntustudio at troutpocket.org
Mon Jan 26 03:51:29 GMT 2009
Larry David wrote:
> Are you using a Linux machine regularly to do audio/MIDI and finding
> it solid and useable, or is this still mostly an experiment to see
> what you can get running and for how long?
I'm not doing any MIDI, just audio recording 12 tracks in Ardour. It's working 100%
with no xruns or crashes. My longest continuous session was 45 minutes before I
stopped it to save. I'm actually a little surprised it's working so well in 8.10
considering it was complete trash in 8.04.
About 5 years ago I had an old DAW that ran in NT4 and used a PCI audio capture card.
It crashed about 1 in 5 times and both the hardware and software folks claimed that
was normal. There was no win2k or newer support and it suffered from a 1/2 second
recording delay. That was the biggest pain because it required tons of
RT provides for only a 2ms delay which is a dream... I just hit record and can punch
in/out at will then export to an audio file. Even a Mac or PC can't match that. If
it wasn't for RT capability I wouldn't have bothered with Linux. The fact that my day
to day work takes place in the context of Linux helps, but it wasn't the deciding
factor in choosing an OS to host my audio tools. I'd use a Nintendo if the quality
and applications were as awesome as those available to Linux :^).
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