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Old 02-16-2016, 09:31 AM   #1
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I am looking for some input on the best Distro for Audio and MIDI production to use with my hardware


This is my first post so I hope I have the jargon used correctly. I am looking for an Audio workstation set up that will work best with my collection of legacy Windoze hardware that pretty much has been saved from the landfill. I have a Dell Pentium 4 CPU running at 2.66 Ghz that I have installed Ubuntu (Lubuntu)14.04.3 LTS, a Dell Inspiron 9400 laptop that is chugging its way through installing KXStudio (64bit)and appears to be hung after grinding away all night at installing KXStudio and will probably need to be blown away and a Lenovo desktop with 2 Gig of RAM and 2X Intel 6400 CPUs at 2.13 Ghz running Ubuntu 14.04 LTZ 32 bit.

Where I'd like to get is to having a coomon OS with audio and video rendering and production tools. Any thoughts? What has been your experience?

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Old 02-16-2016, 11:49 AM   #2
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There are two good ones
http://ubuntustudio.org/
http://www.bandshed.net/avlinux/

Both ran happily on this computer (AMD Sempron 32-bit, 1 GB RAM) and are well-reviewed by audio experts. Personally, I'd go for Ubuntu Studio, as AV Linux seems to be a one-man production which makes it a possibly endangered species.
 
Old 02-16-2016, 12:08 PM   #3
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You don't want a Puppy-based distro as suggested above.
Alrighty then.

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Old 02-17-2016, 12:21 AM   #4
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Look at this webpage. It should give you a start, and which you choose depends on what you need to do. Maybe all of them.
 
Old 02-17-2016, 11:29 AM   #5
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You don't want a Puppy-based distro as suggested above. For audio production on an older computer you'll need a low-latency kernel, which you get in the two specialist distros I recommended.
 
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http://wiki.linuxaudio.org/apps/cate.../distributions
 
Old 02-17-2016, 02:11 PM   #7
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I would suggets looking into some Linux audio mailing lists (yeah, that technology) and web sites to find what others are using. A friend makes music using Linux and knows of many others who do.
 
Old 02-17-2016, 02:22 PM   #8
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For sake of completeness: Gentoo Studio.
 
Old 02-17-2016, 02:53 PM   #9
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"Best" opinion, Debian has the most!
 
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"Best" opinion, Debian has the most!
Except for the fact that it doesn't install with a low-latency kernel...
 
Old 02-18-2016, 12:48 PM   #11
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Post OK Fanboy here!

Do you know how many "audio* distros" are based on a netinst (how do you think they do???)

(Side note:) I always allow for real time priority on installing my system.

https://pkg-freebob.alioth.debian.org/lowlat.html *
https://wiki.debian.org/UnofficialRepositories *

Go to the source (pun or not;) build it your way (e.g: Slac, Arch, netinst, &c...) especially @2GbRAM. (Upgradeable? )

Aside from sever distros (and even there) they all do it all, they just don't all have the most readily available.
http://unix.stackexchange.com/questi...er-of-packages
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...708/page2.html

I did drop the ball on my 1st post and usually put: try all the top ones free, live or whatever; free.

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Old 02-18-2016, 01:04 PM   #12
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Ironically enough (maybe why I slipped ) the other day was thinking, we see the term "* best *" way too much on LQ!

But, after 20 some years of distro hopping?

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Old 02-18-2016, 01:26 PM   #13
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Except for the fact that it doesn't install with a low-latency kernel...
I was under the impression that MIDI may require a real-time rather than low-latency kernel?
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Ub...RealTimeKernel
Debian, I think, provides both.
This is why I didn't just post "Just use Ubunto Studio as my friend uses it and it works.".
For general recording I've seen nothing to suggest that any distro which doesn't tax your system would give you any problems.
 
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That link doesn't actually mention MIDI. Ubuntu Studio does claim to be suitable for it:
http://ubuntustudio.org/?s=MIDI
 
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That link doesn't actually mention MIDI. Ubuntu Studio does claim to be suitable for it:
http://ubuntustudio.org/?s=MIDI
Sorry, no, it likely does not (I didn't read the whole page before posting).
I also didn't mean to disagree with you in principal but, as seen on the page you linked, Ubuntu Studio could default to the standard kernel.
I suppose I was trying to say that I don't know which kernel is best for a specific use but I think it's more complicated than just selecting the low-latency.
 
  


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