Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 10th Aug 2002 05:42 UTC
Multimedia, AV Browsing Freshmeat tonight, the premier online Linux software repository, I came across to these two great (and brand new) applications, ReBorn and ReZound. Reborn, a Rebirth clone that will soon become open source according to the developer, provides a software emulation of three of Roland's most famous electronic musical instruments. It got me thinking as to how much more viable Linux is today as a professional (or semi-professional) audio platform than it used to be two years ago. Update: On a related multimedia notice, WinAMP 3.0 for Windows was released yesterday.
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lack of hardware support?
by Andrew Duhan on Sun 11th Aug 2002 15:58 UTC

Linux needs better support for pro sound hardware

The finest digital multitrack interface known to the computer world is *fully* supported under linux (even can with linux drivers in the box)....

The RME Hammerfall DIGI96/52.

24 simultaneous tracks of 24/96 input, full AISO support, realtime monitoring.....

It's great. I have one. I have been forced to install Win2K on another partition, just to run Nuendo (a superior product to ProTools IMO.. it's just a computer-mixing-board and nothing else) and the RME card + Nuendo is amazing.

In Linux, where I live 95% of the day, I have the kernel module installed, I can get and recieve data from the card perfectly... but there's really no app that can even touch Nuendo's excellent abilities.

I've tried every linux multitracker/mixer I can find (about 25-30 apps) and they are all ok for amateurs, but certainly none of them would be fun to use after you have seen Nuendo.

So, the hardware support is there. We need multitracking apps! Ardour is looking good, but it's got a long way to go... Broadcast (now it has a new name) was ok for assembling pre-existing tracks, but it definitely didn't make the process much easier... ProTux has potential, but I can't get it to do anything really useful yet...

I would spend the $1,000 *again* on Nuendo if they had a Linux version.