Amateur / Semi-Professional Music

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Is Linux good for making Music?

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Amateur / Semi-Professional Music

Postby peterp » Wed May 18, 2005 12:00 pm

Are there any hints and tips on what kinds of musical devices
you can plug-in to a Linux enabled Dell Inspiron laptop?

On almost all laptops the soundcard is not useful for producing
music. So I wonder what kind of USB Devices are compatible
with Linux? For instance an external USB 2.0 Devices that
record and play MIDI and record and play Analogue e.g
from a guitar.

I understand that you might have to patch and compile your
own kernel to make the best of Linux and music.
(I am a software developer so compiling the kernel personally
for me is no problem.) I would like find out what kind
of patches need to be applied?

My dream is to start building in my third bedroom a home
recording studio.

Thanks in advance

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RE: Amateur / Semi-Professional Music

Postby davecs » Wed May 18, 2005 3:03 pm

You can run Timidity++ in the background and this converts MIDI into PCM on the fly. It is very well documented and implemented in Gentoo.

About three of us on the PCLinuxOS site can't get it going, others can. Still being looked into.

Those are the distros I know.
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