Linked by James Pryor on Thu 25th Mar 2004 19:40 UTC
Multimedia, AV On Saturday March 20, I spent my lazy Saturday morning browsing the web for Linux news. I surfed over to DistroWatch.com & read the latest happenings in regards to Linux distributions. I read a news blurb on latest release of dyne:bolic 1.2. dyne:bolic is self described as a free multimedia studio in a GNU/Linux live CD. I was intrigued by the prospect of playing with a multimedia studio on live CD that won't interfere with my PC's current setup. I downloaded the ISO via Azureus Java bittorrent client. I burned it to CDR using K3B and booted my DAW off the dyne:bolic CD.
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@ Stray.
by cheezwog on Fri 26th Mar 2004 13:17 UTC

"This goes without mentioning that _no_ decent audio hardware works on Linux."

What about RME cards, M-audio, some SEK'D ones? All not bad cards... In the end, as long as you have digital out's and low latency, you can use any apogee or whatever convertors you like. Jack+Ardour support 32bit 96k recording, so quality is not a problem, just how much you want to spend on your A/Ds.

I guess it depends on your needs. If you work totally within the computer for mixing and rely on a bucket load of plugins then Ardour has a way to go. If you work with a desk and outboard as well, then it's a valid solution now.

", but when it comes down to the apps, I doubt OSS will ever produce anything deserving of ProAudio status."

Gah! Sorry, I just dislike meaningless terms like 'ProAudio status'.

I don't know if you ever worked on something like a Sony 3324 recorder, but it would leave you little change from $250,000 and have worse quality and less functionality than a decent RME+Ardour system. Countless albums and films were produced on them.

Pro equipment is what gets the job done for pros, and a straightforward reliable recorder like Ardour, a Mackie HDR or a 3324 is as valid in that role as a full TDM system.

Still, I haven't made an album on Linux yet. ;)
But, there is no real reason why I could not, apart from I can't trust the reliability of editing in Ardour, and don't wish to judge it too harshly until it gets out of beta and hits at least v1.1.