On Wednesday 21 December 2005 10:09, Dave Phillips wrote:
I whole-heatedly agree with Dave, but for a slightly different reason.
Having command line accessible applications available in GNU/Linux means that
you have a greater number of options with regard to how you can interact with
your production environment. For example, tedious and difficult tasks (i.e.
batch format conversion, advanced synthesis techniques, sound library
searches, etc.) can easily be automated with the results fed directly to your
It's simply a different way to work and like everything else - it has pros and
cons. But for many, it's a truly empowering way to produce music.
> I believe the primary reasons more musicians don't use Linux have to do
While I agree with points 1-4, I think there needs to be a bit of
clarification added to point #5.
Hundreds (probably more like thousands) of commercial releases involve
GNU/Linux audio tools. I know this because I have contributed dozens myself
(national television and radio spots, theatrical scores, commercial CD
releases etc.). But how would anyone know which tools I've used?
There also needs to be clarification regarding music produced for commercial
purposes and music created for other reasons.
Generally speaking, the majority of commercially available music software is
designed for the quick and easy production of popular music. By definition
this means that the software is created in such a way that important musical
decisions have been pre-made for the user. Most of the time, the user isn't
even aware that this is happening - if the option is never presented to you
how can you miss it?
Having said that, there is a definite advantage to this approach. Commercially
produced software is usually optimized for a few specific tasks, and it can
manage those tasks with relative ease. As with most commercial enterprises,
time is money and there is great value to having tools like this.
What can we do to promote the use of Linux audio tools? We can take advantage
of the unique and "unusual" ways of producing music that the GNU/Linux
environment provides. Don't come to FOSS looking for a Cubase clone - Cubase
already exists - and works reasonably well.
Build a better musical product - and people will want to know, "How'd you do
> Perhaps you should look into the latest development in Csound5, Common