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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by ThanatosNL on Wed 14th Apr 2004 19:47 UTC

I think that the reason people get excited when new facets of computer use become viable in Linux is because they like the configurability, the low price, and the open nature, and seeing previously untapped markets enter into the Linux realm brings excitement.

Instead of saying "woohoo! Linux r0ks! I can record stuff on it!" I think people are saying "Yay, I can do this in Linux now." It seems like you jump on people's case when they get excited about simply being able to do something new Linux as if they were being excited that now Linux does something better.

Maybe a lot of folks really do assume that because Ardour and Jack run on Linux, Linux is the best platform to record on, since Linux is just the best OS "evar." If that is the case, then they are certainly wrong, but I didn't get that impression. People who previously had to use Windows to record have every right to be happy if they can get away with doing it in Linux. Knowing the OSS development model that Ardour has, people also know that Ardour will get better over time, as well. This is just the foot in the door.

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

I took the point to mean that all the nifty features that Ardour doesn't have yet, that ProTools has, are really not nearly as important to the end result as the actual musicanship. Meaning, the software matters, but it's not the most important thing in the world.

As someone else pointed out, Linux can reach extremely low latencies as well, making the kernelspace software better in Linux than Windows.

I know your original post wasn't meant to imply that Linux will never be able to compete here, but what is the point of saying it isn't ready now? I didn't see too many "fanboy" posts above your original post, and I think you've recognized the quickly evolving nature of at least the technical nature of open source projects.

I guess my big beef is, I think that Linux is good enough now to start using it for audio recording, and the more people that start, the faster the software will mature.

How much does ProTools cost? The extra money that you'd sink into ProTools could be put into better hardware. You could buy a nice Terratec or RME sound card, for instance. For me, who doesn't even own Windows, I'd have to spend 200$ on XP Pro, before even buying ProTools.

That's beside the point, though. True, Linux isn't as good as Windows in this area now. Nor is Windows as good as a Mac (although the software is).