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Great question, Dave. I've been running a semi-professional studio used
for recording client's songs (whatever they may be) for 3 years now, and
I've decided to use Linux. I'll list the issues I've experienced.
1. Lack of good synth / voice plugins. Admittedly, I've never tried to
get VST working in Ardour (and Mixbus), but if that really is as stable as
people seem to profess, I'll have to give it a shot. I need something like
EastWest Brass and Strings and such. Something *really* high-quality that
works as a plugin.
2. I need something akin to Beat Detective. More often than not,
horrible drummers come in, and it would be helpful if I could use a
software-based rhythm detection and correction software instead of
quantizing it by hand. I understand that Rhythm Ferret will eventually be
able to do this, but I haven't seen it working yet.
3. MIDI integration in the DAW. Ardour 3 will have this, and thank
heavens for that. Using Muse->Jack->Ardour works, but it's a bit
After thinking for a bit, I believe that's all of it. I've thoroughly
enjoyed using Linux, and my clients don't seem to care what I use
(especially when the resultant quality of their masters exceeds their
expectations by a long shot). I plan on using Linux for as long as I'm
able, but the lack of good pro-quality synth / voice plugins is hurting.
That said, I simply must say how awesome the FX plugins for Linux are.
Reverbs / delays / compressors / limiters / gates / EQs are all just as
good, if not better than, any other on any other platform. Kudos to those
at LinuxDSP, as well as everyone else developing these awesome plugins. I
can't wait to try out the Calf plugins, either! Those look like they're
really well done.
On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 7:58 AM, Dave Phillips wrote:
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Great question, Dave.=C2=A0 I've been running a semi-p=
rofessional studio used for recording client's songs (whatever they may=
be) for 3 years now, and I've decided to use Linux.=C2=A0 I'll lis=
t the issues I've experienced.
After thinking for a bit, I believe that's=
all of it.=C2=A0 I've thoroughly enjoyed using Linux, and my clients d=
on't seem to care what I use (especially when the resultant quality of =
their masters exceeds their expectations by a long shot).=C2=A0 I plan on u=
sing Linux for as long as I'm able, but the lack of good pro-quality sy=
nth / voice plugins is hurting.=C2=A0 That said, I simply must say how awes=
ome the FX plugins for Linux are.=C2=A0 Reverbs / delays / compressors / li=
miters / gates / EQs are all just as good, if not better than, any other on=
any other platform.=C2=A0 Kudos to those at LinuxDSP, as well as everyone =
else developing these awesome plugins.=C2=A0 I can't wait to try out th=
e Calf plugins, either!=C2=A0 Those look like they're really well done.=
I've been reading a lot of negative (read: vitriolic) commentary about =
the world of Linux audio development and applications. I won't bother t=
o say where, just "the usual places" will have to suffice. Of gre=
ater interest to me is the commentary itself - it seems to boil down to the=
following plaints and lamentations (in no particular order) :
Too many distros.
Too many audio-optimized distros.
Not enough native plugins, esp. instruments.
Inconsistent support for VST/VSTi plugins.
Too many unstable/unfinished applications.
Too many =C2=A0"standards" (esp. wrt plugins).
Poor external/internal session management.
Poor support for certain modes of composition (think Ableton Live).
Lack of support for contemporary hardware.
Confusion re: desktops, and GUI toolkits.
Too difficult to set up audio system.
JACK is a pain.
Too much conflict/fragmentation within the development community.
I'm not so interested in comments on the commentary, I have my own, but=
say what you will about the list. I figure that most denizens of these lis=
ts already have ready replies and responses to these and other criticisms, =
many of which have been voiced here previously. What I'm more intereste=
d in is what *you* think is missing most or just plain wrong about the situ=
ation. Please, try to speak your piece without flames or dissing other deve=
lopers and/or their work. Frankly speaking, I've had enough of that cra=
p, and I'm most thankful these days for such forum amenities as "m=
ute user" and autodiscard, along with the standard filters found in ma=
I'm reminded of John Cage's comments regarding the behavior of the =
NY Philharmonic when they destroyed his equipment during the premire of Atl=
as Eclipticalis, something to the effect that his concerns had ceased to be=
musical and had become social, i.e. that he had to figure a way to allow p=
eople to be free yet behave themselves with respect towards the common goal=
(e.g. Cage's music and property). I'm going to guess that he was s=
till working on that up to his death.
So, in your honest and bold opinion as user and/or developer, what do we la=
ck most and what can we do without that we already have ? Please feel free =
to expand your remarks as you like. I'm planning an article on the topi=
c and will likely use selected comments, subject to approval of course.
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