[TriLUG] Linux Digital Audo Workstation and Control surfaces
rvestal at trilug.org
Sun Sep 11 22:32:28 EDT 2005
I'm building using Planet CCRMA :) . I'm setting up a studio that I
*hopefully* will be able to use part-time as a second business
(eventually) as well as record some CD's with/for some folks before. So
I want to get it right and not have to purchase up and up on the H/W,
ya' know? Anyway, I'm looking at the Tascam FW-1884 only because of the
Firewire bus. I'm also looking at the Tascam US-2400. Granted, I could
just go DigiDesign 002R. I can't really afford what I want, Dual G5's
with the 32x4x4 Mackie into the Digi 002, so I'm wanting to stay away
from the Dark Side too, hence, the happy Tux.
Mark Shuford wrote:
>I've not worked with Audacity all that much where I would want to use
>automation so I have no idea about it. Ardour will work with any MIDI
>MCM capable control mechanism (Midi Control Message). I've not used it
>heavily but have verified that the control works with my M-Audio Oxygen
>8 keyboard. Just a matter of assigning control channels and doing stuff
>on the Ardour end. And Ardour and JACK have both become quite usable
>over the last year... used to get lots of crashes.
>So the short answer is yes, if these use MCM output, which I believe I
>recall that they do. Now, the Mackie stuff is _nice_ if you've got the
>dough, that's not me. The TASCAM stuff is good but I sometimes think a
>little overpriced once others have gotten into the market to give some
>competition. But if you can afford it I would not hesitate to buy TASCAM
>-- I have before, with much satisfaction.
>Behringer had an inexpensive control surface out, a couple of models in
>fact. I've been advised their stuff is not up to heavy professional road
>use but it looked very usable. M-Audio/MIDIMAN also had a couple of
>control surfaces... don't know about these since they got bought-out.
>And I've seen some other companies out there making some pretty
>specialized stuff for this use.
>Now all of this was before JACK's MIDI stuff was complete and even
>before the MIDI control stuff in Ardour was deemed more than
>experimental. I haven't had the spare time to keep up with where all
>this stuff has gone, of late, but do have it going on Fedora Core 3 w/
>I don't know what your complete setup is...
>Have you looked at CCRMA, Stanford's Center for Computer Research in
>Music and Acoustics? That is CCRMA at Home
>http://ccrma.stanford.edu/planetccrma/software/ . I've been using stuff
>they've collected together, which includes Ardour and Audacity and lots
>of other tools and JACK, for over a year.
>There's also, I read, a package put together by the Eastman School of
>Music. I've not given this a look as yet. Between the two, since they
>both have a long history of work in electronic music, I'd think they
>both have good packages.
>I first tried the Agnula Project's work but found it not well
>integrated. That was over a year ago.
>CCRMA has a mailing-list. And so does the Linux Audio Developer's group
>(LADSPA). And linux-audio-announce at music.columbia.edu at Columbia
>University http://music.columbia.edu/ ... and a lot of the individual
>packages have their own mailing-lists and such, of course.
>Do not follow the Dark (XP) side of the Force. You can have thousands of
>dollars worth of music recording and production software for the work
>you put into it. That and the computer and the sound-card you choose.
>Well, I guess I've typed much too much too much too much...
>On Sat, 10 Sep 2005 21:34:53 -0400
>Roy Vestal <rvestal at trilug.org> wrote:
>>I am setting up a Linux DAW and want to run a Control surface for
>>Ardour and Audacity. I'm looking at the Tascam US-2400 or FW-1884 with
>>an FE-8 expansion. I've googled till my eyes literally hurt. I'm
>>trying to find if JackIt/ALSA or something will allow either of these,
>>or the Mackie equivalents, to control the software. I don't wanna have
>>to go to XP purely because my controller isn't supported.
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