[ubuntu-uk] What do I need (live audio recording)

Mark Harrison Mark at yourpropertyexpert.com
Fri Aug 17 14:28:49 BST 2007

Hi all,

For the last few years, I've been using a Tascam Portastudio to do live 
recordings, then exporting the files down to the PC for editing.

It strikes me that technology's probably moved on sufficiently, that I 
should just be carrying around a laptop.

I'd much prefer this to be an Ubuntu Laptop, obviously.

What I need advice on are:

- Advice on what audio editing software I need (I'm coming from an Adobe 
Audition / CoolEdit) background, and the key features I need are 
FFT-based noise reduction, track volume normalisation, and in-line editing.)

- What hardware should I get. I need to be able to provide phantom power 
for two condenser microphones, and input from them at "better than CD 
quality" - ideally 88.2 / 24 bit stereo, so I can sort out noise 
rounding errors in the extra resolution before downsampling to CD.... 
there are a few of these things around, but no-one talks about their 
Ubuntu support :-(

- I don't particuarly need a high-end SP/DIF card - I've got a 
de-jittering processor, so I can cope with a relatively nasty digital 
output signal and turn it into something without too many problems 
before it hits a DAC :-)


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