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RE[5]: Why is this a supprise?
by Laurence on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 19:09 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Why is this a supprise?"
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I think it's more about knowing how to use the tools you have. People created good sounding recordings before we even had DAW's and the first DAW's wasn't exactly stellar either by todays standards. I'm pretty sure Ardour outclass the ProTools Billy Idol used back in 1993 to create cyberpunk yet that album sound good.

Which is exactly what I said.
In fact, the way you've quoted my post takes the comment somewhat out of context.

however, to use your specific example, I don't think it's fair to compare old technology to new as the expectations of production is much greater now.

Even with new records that are designed to sound old, if you listen carefully you notice that the mastering is completely different (the kicks have more bass, the hats are sharper, the synths have more body to them. etc)

In fact, seeming as we're already off topic, I'll mention that this is one of my pet grips with modern music.
The expected standard of production is now so high that I sometimes feel it detracts from the creative element of production.
For example, an album like The Cure's 'Pornography' just wouldn't get released by todays standards as the guitars are muddy, effects on vocals are over used so it makes the sound like they're sitting further back in the mix than they are and the bass lacks any definition.
However, I love the album. It's a creative masterpiece.

Anyway, going back to the original tangent: if you're serious about music product, then Linux tools are very immature compared to Windows and OS X counterparts. Sure, you can use Linux, but when creativity is hard enough already, why make life harder using the sub-standard software?

I know this is a very negative comment to make, but it's the sad truth. I use Linux in nearly 100% of my life (even have Android on my phone) but every time I try and produce in Linux I always end up falling back into Windows XP as the software I have on there is just better. My hardware works better (some of my kit doesn't even work in Linux), the interface is better, the sound quality is often (but not always) better and the tools are better.
And it's literally the only reason I keep XP on my laptop otherwise I'd have wiped XP and have a Linux only set up.
I've even debated with coding my own DAW for Linux, but sadly I just don't have the time and it's probably better that existing ones were improved.

So yes, you can product in Linux but it's not worth the hassle if you plan to take producing seriously.

Edited 2010-02-03 19:16 UTC

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