Re: [LAD] [LAU] Linux Audio 2012: Is Linux Audio moving forward?

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Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 11:02 pm

On 10/10/2012 11:00 PM, Patrick Shirkey wrote:

that's a bit like saying NASA is competing with the RC model helicopter
community. i'm pretty sure the whole professional *non-embedded* linux
audio market is a fraction of the size of AVID's _marketing_ budget.

now under the hood, things look quite different, but that doesn't have
much impact on the public opinion towards or perception of linux.

>> There is no Windows Audio community, there is a Linux Audio community.

i'm one such business, and despite my healthy illusions of grandeur i
don't consider myself part of a relevant market for any major equipment
or software manufacturer.

besides the obvious technical benefits of using linux (for my particular
kind of workflow), the main advantage to me is to be able to _ignore_
the rat race of the mainstream pro audio software market.

> Don't you mean that because "insert favorite application/plugin" is not

that's not how marketing works, and that's not how the market works. the
goal is to get kids to buy dsp cards with emulations of old UREIs that
are great for snares and female vocals, and another emulation of an old
fairchild which is great for male voices and kick drums, and the way to
do it is to get fat old mixing gurus to advertise that kind of gear on

the linux community doesn't have those dsp cards to sell, our plugins
don't have the kind of bling, and people who give their stuff away are
less inclined to bullshit kids out of their money. we have a few
limiters with a bunch of parameters that give useful results on all
kinds of program material, all they lack is the instant rocknroll
credibility thing of a fat bearded guy with a metallica t-shirt at a
96-channel ssl who compares them to his obsolete analog treasures and
praises them to high heaven.

hence, in my view, the absence of a "market" like this is a good thing.

the only time it hurts is when i cannot get hardware support for gear
that i need. but these days, i can get linux drivers for everything from
2 to 128 channels of i/o (more if i'm prepared to gang cards), so what's
the problem?

intel and amd thankfully make dsp cards that will also deal with my
email and run my browser (word processing on a sharc, anyone?), and they
are well-supported by linux :)

>> I like it and I am

here i whole-heartedly agree!

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