Re: [linux-audio-user] GSG for home studio? (Newbie question)

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Subject: Re: [linux-audio-user] GSG for home studio? (Newbie question)
From: Chris (
Date: Sat Dec 14 2002 - 04:44:14 EET


You guys are great! Thank you all (Mark, Paul Jan and Steve). This gives
me a good start! Now I don't feel quite so lost.

I will take some time to follow these leads, and then probably hit you up
with a few more questions later down the road! :0).

I really do appreciate it though. Thank you all very much.


P.S. Hey Steve, you don't play bass for an english heavy metal band do you
:0) ?

At 05:57 PM 12/13/2002 -0500, you wrote:
>Hello everyone.
>I would like to make a small home studio. I haven't played in about 5
>years, so I am a little rusty, and not "in" with the times. I was looking
>on-line for open source mutitracking software. I came across ecasound and
>ardour. Ecasound looks a little more difficult to use, so I will probably
>start with ardour. Before I get started, however, I need know a few
>things, as purchasing new hardware will be a must for me. I was hoping
>some of you could give me some advice, or let me know what your set up is.
>Vexing questions:
>1) How important is a da-ad converter, and how much must one spend on this?
>2) What does one look for in a soundcard. Is it necessary to invest $600
>in one -- I mean, where is all that money really going? What makes a card
>like the hammerfall so great? How much on these cards is "fluff" and how
>much is really practical for just recording.
>3) Do people actually use fiber for their lines? Or is this super-duper
>high end stuff?
>4) I have spent some time on some sites of card manufacturers... and I
>can't quite piece together how multiple inputs work on the cards... is it
>a one for one deal (one input = one channel), or is their some software or
>hardware that allows for more than one channel per input?
>5) how good is open-source software for effects processing... I saw
>something on the ardour site saying that it does not support "plugins"...
>(due to lack of a standard)... does that mean no effects?
>6) What do you guys do for a drum machine solution, is software adequate
>or do you really recommend getting a drum machine?
>7) Does everybody go direct on this, or do they mic their amps (I am
>primarily a guitar player). How do you keep the sound quality up if you
>are direct?
>8) I want to build a **QUIET** machine... Any suggestions on computer
>hardware? (I have bought from quietpc, and found that some of the stuff
>was no quieter than normal --even louder some times).
>I am sorry to hit everyone at once with these questions (and I have more,
>belive me), but I can't find a good place on line or otherwise to give me
>the low-down on what it is needed. I would love to hear the setup others
>have and the plusses and minuses regarding them.
>I am accustomed to using cassette tape 4 tracks, and analog mixers and I
>am pretty familiar with linux and open source stuff (although I am not
>primarily a coder).
>I have a marshall jmp-1 preamp with a valvestate 8008, a RockTron
>intellifex, proq and guitar silencer (all rackmount) on top of a marshall
>jcm-900 lead-1960. I would be sad to see some of it go, but since I am
>not performing, I would be willing sell some off if there is better stuff
>for home recording. I would only need about 4 simultaneous inputs.
>Excluding the pc I must build, I would like to try to keep the price
>around $1000 (including the sound card). Is this realistic? I might
>spend more if I wind up selling some of my current equipment.
>I would appreciate any advice here.
>Thank you in advance!

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