Linked by Filippo Pappalardo on Wed 14th Apr 2004 07:36 UTC
Multimedia, AV I wanted to write something about the great progress being carried on linux as OS of choice for a professional Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) since a long time. With the inclusion of the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) into the 2.6 kernels, time has come to extend my experiences to all of you.
Permalink for comment
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Linux Audio
by tullepost on Wed 14th Apr 2004 12:29 UTC

I have just set up Ardour, Jack, and a number of LADPSA plugins at home. At work I'll be using CoolEdit/Audition. Both machines are around 1.8GHz, with bogus Creative soundcards.

Ardour, in a potential stable version, easily beats Cool/Aud in terms of performance. On my machines Cool/Aud will not run 8-10 stereo channels with each its 3-band parametric EQ comfortably. Ardour uses max 40% cpu-time for this.

It seems that the OSS development model has great advantages in the audio-world. The responsivness is now better than win/mac already with the 2.6 kernel or the patches for the 2.4. One can also clearly feel the consequences of OSS - the apps work very well _together_, and build upon eachother, on the contrary to win/commercial software wich is too much designed to work _against_ each other. You can see this fx. in the size of the apps and the usage of ram. Of course dependencies are a pain in the ass, but you'll learn to appreciate them when you get to know them better ,]