Ubuntu Studio Project Lead

Steve Batte stevebatte at gmail.com
Tue Jun 8 18:35:37 BST 2010

If Brian is going to play DA, I have to stick up for him: real pro
audio equipment requires constant cleaning, tuning and calibration,
unlike your consumer-grade home-E system. What sets Logic and ProTools
apart from Garage Band are deep functionality and flexibility, which
come with steep learning curves. Personally, I'm looking for that
level of performance (or better) from Ubuntu Studio, I don't mind
having to work to get it, and it seems to me you're almost there.

And I am setting off now to look for that link where I can sign up to
help with documentation. Time to do my part.

On 6/7/10, Brian David <beejunk at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 7:40 PM, Jose H. <joseche at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I have the crazy idea that Ubuntu Studio should be user oriented.
>> If that was the case, ubuntu studio needs to solve two really big issues:
>>    1) complexity: PA vs Jack => ubuntu studio vs the user, Windows and Mac
>> will win
>>    2) stability: jacks crashes, timidity crashes, etc.....
>> Shouldn't JACK+Timidity start with init.d and be stable, working without
>> issues with PA ?
>> My Two cents.
> I'm going to play devil's advocate here, and suggest that Ubuntu Studio
> should not be user oriented.  At least, not in the sense that a main
> priority would be to make things as simple as possible.  It seems to me that
> a lot of problems have resulted from the active marketing of Ubuntu Studio
> as easy to use.
> At this point, I've accepted that Linux audio is never going to be easy.
> I've also accepted that this is a good thing, because the payoff is that the
> software is of higher quality and greater versatility.  My suggestion is
> that Ubuntu Studio should brand itself as a serious audio production system,
> one the provides the highest quality tools out there, but that requires
> patience and experience to utilize.  Not the easiest sell, but I'd say
> closer to reality.
> Having said that, I think there are a few things that could be done to make
> Ubuntu Studio more user friendly.  The most obvious would be to make sure
> that the user is automatically put in the 'audio' and 'video' groups, and
> that firewire access is available out of the box without needing to mess
> with Ubuntu Studio Controls.  This should allow JACK to start right away for
> most users.  However, above all else, what Ubuntu Studio needs is much much
> much better documentation and tutorials.
> On a final note, a long running issue for me is how often a quality rt
> kernel is left out of the releases.  On my system, at least, the RT kernel
> is the only one that gives good enough performance.  The vanilla and preempt
> kernels produce far too many x-runs.  I seem to have no problems with the
> 2.6.31 RT kernel, but it would be awfully nice to have a 32 version.
> --
> -Brian David

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