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Old 11-25-2016, 08:57 PM   #1
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Does anybody use Linux?

Does anybody use Linux for music creation?
Linux has a bad reputation for poor sound quality, in particular when using PulseAudio and the kernel built for servers. In my experience, the sound quality is excellent if* you are using a fine tuned specialist distro with applications set up for using Jack and a real time audio processing kernel.

There are some limitations in the software selection. I do most everything with LMMS and Audacity, occassionally Rosegarden or Ardour and some others. One thing I do like about the specialist distributions in Linux is that all of your VSTs and plugins get synched to all of your audio production apps and you can search for them and install them easily all at once instead of individually downloading and installing them all one by one.

I have not tried setting up or using MIDI yet. Apparently it can be done.

LMMS might not be the most full featured DAW, but I have gotten used to it and kind of like it. I like how easy it is to use my own samples. I dislike how difficult it is to export tracks, especially since the file system hierarchy has to have the files all in the same place if using your own samples, or else it won't load properly.

I am definitely having fun though and some people seem to like what I make.

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Old 11-27-2016, 04:56 PM   #2
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Re: Does anybody use Linux?

I used LMMS on and off, it's a fun alternative to FL studio. It's so easy to clip a track yet it doesn't sound bad. I like to use it for coming up with lo-fi sounds. As far as exporting work, their latest beta doesn't do it for me so I record the output in audacity.

I really want to like Linux but I'm a Windows guy through and through. I like just being a user and not being some terminal commanding coding expert, even if I want to think of myself as useful.

I want to compile Ardour lately.

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Old 11-28-2016, 04:09 AM   #3
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Re: Does anybody use Linux?

Once upon a time I used to agree that Windows was more user friendly and that things 'just worked' on it, even if I had my own reasons for using Linux.....like being able to copy my operating system to multiple harddrives and recover encrypted files on a different machine without having to log in, etc. It used to be easy to bypass network security by doing nothing more than rebooting into another OS that they didn't secure against that used different ports....

At this point, with Windows 8 and 10....There are ebbs and flows with various issues and bugs that come up in all operating systems, but if you follow the stable releases (for the most part) and you are not already used to anything in particular, I would say that Linux Mint or Manjaro or several others geared for new users are more user friendly and more things work out of the box without even needing to save your driver disks.....You don't even need to be online first to download your wifi drivers, which is a miderable catch 22 on windows.

The days of needing to know the terminal are largely over in Linux, though so are the days where anyone who uses it will become a hacker.
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Old 11-28-2016, 10:36 AM   #4
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Messed around with BitWig on a friends machine who was running Ubuntu. Pretty quick & rock-solid platform to work with, something I may consider if I ever decide to move away from Windows in the future (I currently have Win7 with SP1 only updates as stripped down as possible for DAW work and do alot of my web browsing through a selection of VM's depending on the web content for security).

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Wine may offer more options in the software department, but I haven't tried it myself, and I don't know if/how it will do with VSTs.

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I wonder how terrible the latency will be with with the whole app running entirely with Wine (as opposed to just using it for plugins).
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Once upon a time I used to agree that Windows was more user friendly and that things 'just worked' on it, even if I had my own reasons for using Linux.....like being able to copy my operating system to multiple harddrives and recover encrypted files on a different machine without having to log in, etc. It used to be easy to bypass network security by doing nothing more than rebooting into another OS that they didn't secure against that used different ports....

At this point, with Windows 8 and 10....There are ebbs and flows with various issues and bugs that come up in all operating systems, but if you follow the stable releases (for the most part) and you are not already used to anything in particular, I would say that Linux Mint or Manjaro or several others geared for new users are more user friendly and more things work out of the box without even needing to save your driver disks.....You don't even need to be online first to download your wifi drivers, which is a miderable catch 22 on windows.

The days of needing to know the terminal are largely over in Linux, though so are the days where anyone who uses it will become a hacker.
8.1 I don't think was ever really as bad as people made it out to be. I mean yea, the start screen is annoying sometimes but if you have fingers and type quickly enough to hit the shortcuts you need....no need to hate. I was flattered by it considering my school gave me a copy via dreamspark, the only thing I needed to do was basically use it. The build splash screen didn't bother me much (which activating got rid of) and everything ran great. I built a gaming rig last year, got to use/enjoy it.

10 tho. I got tired of having stability from windows 7 and foolishly thought microsoft wouldn't bend me over; it's a piece of work. Markedly worse than anything to date (despite exclusively putting dx12 up for people) for average joes with basic hardware (what I'm really saying is, windows fucks any laptop user still using an integrated graphics chip by presenting 10 to them, forcing them to buy a new laptop that's gotten a graphics card shoved in). I mean, at this point things work. But they don't work so great. Maybe I get a little ram boost, but now I get that "oh fuck I'm being spied on" sensation in my life.

Yea, I get that I can use Mint....but I just never got cozy with it....it's overly square. Different bag with Ubuntu; I got pissed at trying to install the one app great for fap browsing (Kodi Media Player) because it wanted to push me into terminal commands. I mean....Yea, I can do it, but when I'm tired I just want to say fuck all the hamfisting fixes and go to the direct route. People like windows. They're shiny. It doesn't bitch unless you really mess up. And trying to set up virtual machines with various versions of distros was hell too. Showed me I couldn't do a few things.

Between Gaben and Linus Torvalds someone should be able to find a way to dumb this thing down to the benefits without the needed geekery of plug n play. Steam OS was a step in a direction....but last I heard barely anyone really relies on it.

As much as I want to say "yea go free".....people aren't going to develop for Linux massively until they can't take windows anymore. When I can move to Linux without any lack of compatibility I came from I'm game.
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Re: Does anybody use Linux?

Win 8.1 only issue was interface. Under the hood it streamed faster from HDDs and was better for DAWs.
Win 10. interface fixed. No issues once I nailed those little helpful extras like audio manager from my motherboard manufacturer. Very stable, only issue is telemetry which is easily fixed by something like Spybot Antibeacon.

A new release candidate for latest version of Linux is out but Mr. Torvald has complaints about it so the next version may be a little while yet. Never use it myself for music but if people like it then fill your boots.

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Too late! 4.8 dropped with the bug intact! Wait for 4.9 because apparently it's a kernel killer. Although touch support for surface tablets could be interesting for some cool shit...

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To the darkside i will not be turned. Linux built my hotrod and my daw was good. Safe.

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