Re: Using Linux to build Hardware Synths
From: Mogens V. (monz_at_danbbs.dk)
Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 00:15:23 +0200
George Jones IV wrote:
> I'll give you a rundown of one of my old studio setups:
> My primary DAW was a P3-450MHz Dell Inspiron XPS450-T w/512MB RAM. It ran
> Win98SE, Cubase VST 5.1R2, Rebirth 2.0, and a variety or soft synths. It
> also had a SBLive as it's only audio card, BUT it was running the APS Live
> drivers (the predecessor to the KX Drivers) so latency was at 11ms. I had a
> second machine working as my sampler: P2-333MHz IBM 300GL desktop w/256MB
> RAM running Unity-DS1. This machine also had an SBLive with the same APS
> Live drivers. I also had a second, identical 300GL running Unity AS-1. My
> 3rd synth PC was an older 300GL desktop (P233MMX 128MB RAM) running VAZ
> Modular under Win98SE with, you guessed it, an SBLive with APS Live drivers.
> All of this was tied together through my DAW's 3 MIDI outputs (one on the
> SBLive, and 2 on the Winman 2x2). The 3 synth PC's all used a single
> monitor, kbd, and mouse with a KVM switch. Latency was handled by using the
> latency compensation built into Cubase.
> I had, at one point, envisioned doing something similar with Linux, but at
> the time there weren't any decent softsynths. Maybe now something like this
> is possible.
Yes and no. Search at freshmeat on 'music|guitar|synth|composer ..', and
you'll find lots of interesting stuff.
The big problems I see is compatibility and integration.
Things like Cubase and Reason et al aren't available for Linux (AFAIK).
There are likely-ware apps, but are they compatible to above? Can you do
some work on you Linux box and send it to a studio for final mixing?
Not saying it can't be done, but one needs to check every component.
AFAIK, Linux music apps don't integrate per see; one has to do some
extensive work here.
Then there's the soundcore subsystem.
Many yeas ago, we had different more-or-less standalone sounddrivers.
Then came OSS, fine and relatively easy to setup, but lacking features.
Then came ALSA with more features, but PITA to setup, and with some
problems WRG licensing, the latter maybe a direct hinder to having above
mentioned Cubase and Reason et al ported to Linux.
None of those (OSS/ALSA) feature digital/analog sound routing.
Some are using jackd for this; there are others...
Above is not meant as a discuragement, merely to point out...
MIT has some music magazine, don't remember what it's called.
Last year (I think) they had a very informative coloumn about using
Linux as a music composing and production platform.
The author maintains a linux-music site (again, can't remember it),
listing more than a thousand Linux music apps.
-Seems my memory lane is somewhat shortcircuited tonite :-
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