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Old 06-08-2010, 02:58 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Building a Computer for Music Composition


Hello I'm a composer, and am about to build a computer for electronic music composition. Bare with me, I am pretty ignorant with things like this. I have ubuntu.

So some questions.

Is linux even a good operating system for electronic music composition? Are there programs for free in linux that work just as well as the expensive ones for lets say Mac and Windows? Im thinking of samplers, sequencers. I saw some in the list under the software center, but not sure if they are recommended.

If anyone has a website they would like to direct me to, to ask questions there, or research please do! Like I said, I am not sure where to start.

Also hardware. Sound cards. Stuff like that. Need help! Thanks!
 
Old 06-08-2010, 04:26 PM   #2
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Well, No. Linux sucks as a professional musical OS. I am a somewhat player and I use devices and software in my own hobby but I also know most of what is out there.

Saying all that there are some people like me who could survive on linux at least most of the time.

Some hardware is pretty well supported on linux but most is not. I think the Edirol brand is one of the better linux brands.

I don't however want you to loose sight of your goal. If you goal is to create computer based music then stick with it. If you goal it to make good music then loose the computer and work on music in your head and heart. The computer should only help you in the same manner plain old paper would.

I say that because some of the best musicians I know hate computers and I now agree with them.
 
Old 06-08-2010, 04:28 PM   #3
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Look at Ubuntu Studio. I've never used it, but it's aimed at music and such.

Don't build a computer until you've figured out what you're going to install on it.
 
Old 06-08-2010, 10:49 PM   #4
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_audio_software

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_software

Those links should give you an overview of free open source s/w as well as commercial ones.

There are a few distro's catering to musicians (Ubuntu Studio was mentioned). There's one I remember called musix. These have a linux kernel that is low-latency for music production and have many popular audio software included out of the box. Do a search for linux music distro's.

I have read of lots of people using linux for professional work.

Hope that gets you started...there lots of info out there if you search linux+music.
 
Old 06-09-2010, 09:26 AM   #5
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Smile Thanks for the quick reply.

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Well, No. Linux sucks as a professional musical OS. I am a somewhat player and I use devices and software in my own hobby but I also know most of what is out there.

Saying all that there are some people like me who could survive on linux at least most of the time.

Some hardware is pretty well supported on linux but most is not. I think the Edirol brand is one of the better linux brands.

I don't however want you to loose sight of your goal. If you goal is to create computer based music then stick with it. If you goal it to make good music then loose the computer and work on music in your head and heart. The computer should only help you in the same manner plain
paper would.

I say that because some of the best musicians I know hate computers and I now agree with them.
I appreciate you passionateness of the subject. This is for electronic music, such as manipulating sounds and editing them, for example, anything. Glass breaking, a cow mooing, dumping out a lot of tin cans and using that sound.

Ive been writing instrumental music for awhile, this is just mainly an experiment on the side, and if anything good comes out of it, then so be it. If I do not enjoy it, well I might have learned.

So I totally agree with you on working out music in your "heart and brain". And I totally agree with you on how the computer can hinder musical composition. That being said, everyone is also different and everyone thinks different. Some people can use the computer. Its weird. But this is a whole realm of a conversation I would rather not get into.

Thanks for the advice and the reply!!! Much appreciated.
 
Old 06-09-2010, 09:36 AM   #6
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You'll surely find it in one or more of the links or locations indicated above, but here's Linux MultiMedia Studio which you may like to investigate to see if it suits any of your needs. I have zero personal experience with this software, but have read favorable commentary from musicians/composers who have used it.

Best of success!

Sasha
 
Old 06-09-2010, 05:02 PM   #7
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Sorry for the rant. Must be too much coffee.

On this list there are actually only a few that I consider good. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...audio_software

Take a look at http://www.rosegardenmusic.com/

http://www.linuxlinks.com/article/20...178/Audio.html


If you see something close to how you wish to use the software might let us know.

Last edited by jefro; 06-10-2010 at 05:20 PM.
 
Old 06-10-2010, 10:39 AM   #8
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Quote:
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Sorry for the rant. Must be too much coffee.

One this list there are actually only a few that I consider good. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...audio_software

Take a look at http://www.rosegardenmusic.com/

http://www.linuxlinks.com/article/20...178/Audio.html


If you see something close to how you wish to use the software might let us know.
No problem dude. Thanks for the help.
 
Old 06-10-2010, 11:38 AM   #9
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Ubuntu is a fine choice for digital music. Ardour is a good alternative to Protools, and I've heard good things about Rosegarden (haven't had a chance to try it yet). You'll find some good discussions on Ubuntu for music at http://www.ubuntuforums.org
 
  


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