I realised I have not written on this site about Ubuntu Studio, even though I used it myself for quite a while. And for creative professionals, it is a great Linux music production distribution with lots of Audio, Video and Graphics applications installed by default. The main advantage I got from it, is that it enabled me to get my ADAT card working. Something other distributions could not do by default. This means there is some great hardware detection in Ubuntu Studio. And although the title of this article might suggest otherwise, it is a thriving distribution. So what's with the help then? Here is what they are looking for:
Although it has been quite a while since I posted on this blog, that doesn't mean I have abandoned Linux Music Production. Far from it: I experimented quite a bit with various distributions and applications but was severely pressed for time to write about it because of many other things going on in my life. However, as a result of my experimentation, I decided to rebuild my project studio entirely around Linux. To begin with, there is a new computer to serve as the hub of my Linux project studio. In this post I will describe the setup process I went through to get it up and running. So let's get started....:
After working with the Ubuntu Long Term Service release for a while I have decided that this approach is not working for me. While Ubuntu is a great Linux distribution, there are two major issues that made me change my strategy. My main problem was with the versions of the applications that are supplied through the repositories. On Ubuntu, these are never cutting edge. Usually their focus is on stability. The versions for the L.T.S. releases are generally even older. From the perspective of the average user, this makes perfect sense. Most users want a stable system instead of being on the cutting edge. As a matter of fact that was one of my primary criteria at first as well. But using Linux for music production turned out to be a different beast: many music applications are still in heavy development. So you need to install the latest version to keep up with bug fixes and new features. And there is more. Find this out 'after the break'
"Is it feasible to use Linux for Music?" That is the question I will try to answer on this site. And I don't mean using Linux for playing back music, but as the sole operating system for professional musicians: Linux Music Production (hence the domain name). Music production on the Mac and Windows platforms is already well established. You only have to think of the "world dominance" of ProTools for an example. Or Cubase, Logic, Finale and Sibelius, to name a few. And Linux on the other hand has a strong foothold in other parts of the computer world. The Apache server is a very good example of this. The mainstream applications in the Open Source community are as good as their commercial counterparts for most users (OpenOffice, Gimp), so Linux has become a viable alternative to Windows and Mac in many parts of the computer landscape. So is the time now right to see if Linux is ready for professional music production? ...