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RE[9]: *sigh*
by El_Exigente on Wed 20th May 2009 16:28 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: *sigh*"
El_Exigente
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2007-01-08

Cut'n'pasting loops in one of your Fisher Price "wave editors" does not make you either an engineer or a musician.

I agree with that. Although the point of your statement is not clear.

Can you tune a piano? How about a drum kit? Know anything about microphones? How about arranging? Can you read music?

Firstly, I no longer have to run a studio. However, when I did have to, I had someone to tune my piano when needed. I know drummers who tuned my drums. I know quite a bit about microphones. Not only do I know about arranging, I actually know how to arrange. And of course I also read music.

If the "heart" of your "professional" studio is a Windows box with Pro Tools or whatever other glorified video games you're so thrilled with on it, then it isn't a professional studio.

In that case, there are very few professional studios in the world, and "real" engineers and musicians such as yourself must be raking in a fortune. Or would be, if if weren't for the inconvenient fact that very few "paying clients" agree with your bizarre point of view. (And in a moment, we will see that your primary example of a Linux-based studio also uses these "glorified video games!)

Is your precious "DAW" the only computer in your studio?

In my case, yes, it is the only standalone computer completely dedicated to for music and audio production. I am sure that you will be able to divine some meaning in that fact, although that "meaning" will be apparent to no one but yourself.

Here is a 6 year old article wherein an actual studio switches many of their machines to Linux
http://www.desktoplinux.com/articles/AT5847717353.html
And here is another actual studio who switched to Linux 6 years ago
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/feb04/articles/mirrorimage.htm

Let's look at your examples a bit more closely.

Your first example is an internal studio of an unidentified radio station in an unnamed city, where Linux was deployed to replace... Win98! Since the radio station is not mentioned, we have no idea if they are still running Linux, or if the radio station is still in business, or if the person responsible for the Linux deployment there is still working there. If your intent is to say that studios should switch from Win98 to Linux, then perhaps you have a point. But what most other people would find far more relevant, is an example and some reasons why they should switch from rather more modern OS's and their apps, such as OSX and XP.

Now, let us look at the studio cited in your second article, by visiting the studio's webpage, shall we? It is right here: http://multitrack.us/ . Not a word about Linux there. Okay, let's look at the "Equipment" page. Ah, here is what we want: It says "The Tascam DM-24 is our primary digital console, which interfaces to our computers with TDIF and ADAT. We also have a 32-channel SoundTrac Solo analogue desk and a pair of Yamaha AW4416 DAWs.
The Mac in the studio is a G4 machine running OS 9.2, Digital Performer, Logic and BIAS Peak. Our main Linux machine is a dual AMD Athlon 2600+ with 1GB of RAM, plus an RME Hammerfall 9652 card with twenty four ADAT and two SPDIF ports. Linux software includes the JACK low-latency audio server, the Ardour DAW and the Rosegarden MIDI/audio sequencer."

Look, look! Your posterboy Linux studio also runs those "glorified video games" - the very same that you claim automatically preclude a studio from being truly "professional".

Because I did not say that no professional musicians, engineers, or studios use Linux, you have not disproved my point. You have only managed to disprove a statement that I did not make.

What is the name of your "professional" studio? What artists have you recorded? What? You're talking out of your ass?

I am sure that you will forgive me for withholding my personal details. I am sure that you can imagine that I would not want to be seen in public talking to someone like you. (Of course most people would know that asking someone "who they are" on the net is not just a complete waste of time, but pretty damn foolish as well. It is a pastime for the gullible.)

I suppose *price* isn't a concern for a wildly successful "professional" like yourself. Otherwise, you might be trying to figure out how to reduce costs such as software licenses, etc.

A professional-grade DAW can be bought for hundreds, not necessarily for thousands or tens of thousands. And the truth is, that in the total cost of equipping a real studio (or even a decent home studio, really), taking into account the costs of monitors (both the "loudspeaker" and "video" kind), perhaps those drums and the piano you mentioned, microphones, acoustic treatment, outboard consoles if needed, along with other audio hardware such as DI boxes, acquisition of and cost of maintaining the actual physical premises where the studio is located, salaries for and expenses attendant on having employees, insurance, and many many other expenses either one-time or recurring, the cost of the software licenses is a very very small item. A single room in a post-production house, for example, can generate enough income to pay for a new license for Sequoia, Pro Tools, or Nuendo, in a single day. Even for a home studio, the cost of a good DAW and a machine on which to run it, is in many cases less than the price of a decent instrument.

Then again, with a major talent like you must be, I am sure that your clients don't mind paying top dollar.

Eventually you might find that clients are indeed willing to pay top dollar for talent.

*whistle*

Judging by your knowledge of the studio business and its economics, it is abundantly clear that you are an amateur.
Take comfort in the fact that "possession of musical talent" and "being intelligent" are quite independent; so it is possible that you do have some musical ability

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