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.
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Re: Everyone
by Darius on Wed 14th Apr 2004 17:18 UTC

God forbid that you have to humble yourself one day and use Linux because it has surpassed proprietary OSes in some way that appeals to you

How do you I don't use it already for some things? When I needed to set up a box for a web/mail server along with RADIUS authentication, Linux was my first choice. Again, it's called using the right tool for the job - some people just don't seem to understand this concept.

Don't get so defensive because Linux does not do something as well as other operating systems. Maybe one day you will come to terms with the fact that Linux is not the best thing in the world for everything

OMG! You mean Linux is not the best thing in the world for everything? When did this happen!?!?

As long as you can record, edit and mix with a few common plugins (comp,eq etc), you can make an album.
Too much emphasis is placed nowadays on the tools we use to make music, rather than the ideas and abilities of the musicians.

But is that any reason to purposely limit the kinds of tools we use when we don't have to. Cetain genres of music benefit more from tools than others - eg, it'd be really had to make ambient music with only an acoustic guitar.

What is wrong with most music is not a lack of plugins used, soft synths or obscure editing features, it's a lack of ideas, arrangement skills, good lyrics and inspiration. Unfortunately, without those qualities, the music is poor, whether it is recorded on a $30,000 pro tools rig, or free software. You cannot learn to create a good mix just by increasing the variety of plugin effects you are using.

So by your logic, maybe we should just go back to using $10 Casio keyboards?

Also, if the music you make is fundamentaly electronic in nature, you need the instruments you have learnt to play, be that Reason, SSM, Fruity Loops, JMax or Hydroge

So first you argue against tools, and now you're arguing for them ? ;)

Okay, I stand corrected. But I'm not sure why Darius would state such an obvious thing. I thought he had a 'deeper' meaning...

This sort of thing is obvious to you and me, but trust me ... not obvious to others. If this were not the case, then why would people say that the only reason people would ever choose Windows over Linux on a PC would be for playing games? It just aggrevates the piss out of me every time I hear something like this. I know it shouldn't, but for some reason, it does.
Obviously, there are a lot of uneducated people out there.

To conclude, even if it were possible to get some decent audio apps up and running, what kind of options do we have when it comes to patch editors/OS upgrade options for hardware synths? For example, been looking forward to trying out the new Korg Tritin and the Roland Fantom X - certainly Linux is not supported by the vendors?