Re: [linux-audio-user] Best (saving *time* and some money) linux souncard for a laptop

From: Greg Naughton <gnaughto@email-addr-hidden>
Date: Thu Jun 30 2005 - 17:44:16 EEST


I used CubaseSX for a solid year for Midi and recording work, and
while everything tended to work ok, still it took me several months to
learn to use the often quirky and non-instinctive interface. At one
point I decided to input one of my favorite challenging Beethoven
Piano pieces into the notation editor in Cubase. I got about half way
through and saved. When I went to re-open the project the next day
Cubase decided to apply some crazy algorithm turning the triplets into
awfully grouped 64th notes. It was terrible. I quit using Cubase
that day forever.

not to mention that generally I didn't like the soft-synths and
working on it gave me a kind of "icky" feeling. I've always had a
superstition that the Windows kernel has bad vibes.

Now I use Rosegarden and Qsynth and I love them both. And Ardour &
Jamin are great too. The linux tools certainly have more bugs but
they often dont have the clunky & poor work-around code that is
probably necessary to get the proprietary software ready to ship
ontime. and the bugs are predictable. I just try to stay away from
the behavior that produces them (although this isn't always possible
;-D ).

my 2-cents,


On 6/30/05, Dave Phillips <dlphillips@email-addr-hidden> wrote:
> MarC wrote:
> > Today I wouldn't recommend hobbyists should use Linux Audio because in
> > this way they will always be hobbyists...
> Actually, hobbyists will always be hobbyists until they acquire
> professional levels of skill *and* put themselves to the test of
> performance and/or distribution of their material. The gear they use
> will not elevate their skills one jot. Owning a guitar does not confer
> ability upon the owner.
> I will say this about modern music technology, regardless of platform:
> It makes a lot of bad music sound much better at the surface level.
> > However, in my case, I've found Linux Audio very interesting to learn
> > a lot about the audio software implementation (obviously because of
> > the open source mentality) and also for understanding what kind of
> > things can be done (for a user/developper point of view). But for
> > productive work I simply can't recommend it because Pro Tools,
> > Reason,..., and a huge availability of VST plugins are too far from us.
> Strange, I use VST plugins with Linux quite a lot here at Studio Dave.
> Ardour seems to work pretty well for me too, and its price point is more
> attractive to me. ;)
> Best is to use what works for you to make your own music.
> You can also thank whatever gods you believe in that M$ didn't make the
> WAV format as proprietary as the DOC format...
> Best,
> dp
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