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Old 11-30-2007, 11:02 AM   #1
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which audio/ studio hardware?

I want to play guitar with linuxsoftware like jack, jack-rack and ardour and record it.

What hardware is needed or recommended?

Do I need a mixer?
What kind of soundcard or is my onboard intel 82801DB-ICH4 ok?

I need some advice because I'm a newbie on this area!
Old 12-01-2007, 08:32 AM   #2
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If you want to record any instrument you will need a better soundcard (capable of lower latency = the time between you produce the sound on your guitar and it is recorded in a program). There are loads of audio interfaces (Tascam, M-Audio)- the only issue you may have is drivers for them, however M-audio audiophile 2496 (a pci card - so it's not good for laptops) works fine with most of the linux distributions. I've successfully installed it on Debian, Ubuntu, Suse, Fedora, Centos. (Instructions are on alsa website). If you have a laptop, you will need something different from PCI, for example: usb (google it first to find out if there are linux drivers for it, also check alsa website for a list of supported audio cards. If you don't know how to spend money, you can buy one of those RME cards, they are really professional cards used in some studios. Apparently, they work well with linux, however, I they cost over 300! Fortunately, for your home studio it is not necessary, my audiophile costs around 40.

Furthermore, you will need to recompile the kernel to enable low-latency (or install one of the music distros. eg. ubuntu studio - low latency kernel is the default kernel)

Having a mixer is not necessary, but useful if you have more than one source of sound, e.g a computer, a laptop, a guitar, etc. and only one pair of speakers.
Also if you are thinking of recording the guitar more seriously, sooner or later you will need a pair of studio monitors (speakers that don't filter the sound, but reflect everything as it really is - it's very useful in mastering the song)


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