Re: [LAU] Bitwig: what we can learn from it

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To: Robin Gareus <robin@...>
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Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 1:02 am

On Wed, 2 Apr 2014, Robin Gareus wrote:

> On 04/01/2014 03:40 PM, James Harkins wrote:

Apples vs. penguins? :P

Not meant to only reflect on this quote, but other comments too. If you're
a casual blues guitarist, any computer OS/sw combination might be less
useful than a bassoon. Computer music in general assumes some level of
computer literacy. I personally find myself lost on a windows system
(worse on an apple) till I "figure it out".

Many people who use Linux start on an Apple or Windows system and move for
some reason. I have never used either for my personal computing... I
started on a sinclair, TI, Atari mega (where I learned about midi)... I
learned enough about drdos6 to run a BBS which moved to OS/2 (2.*) because
a friend who was using windows had to set a timer to kill his windows
machine every day so he could go on holidays... Ya, windows 3.1. About
1993 or 4 I was looking at adding ethernet to OS/2 and figured out it
would cost more for the drivers than I had paid for the OS and someone
suggested Linux where I have been every since. I grew up on a Linux where
any install included rolling a kernel that actually worked with my HW and
where most computing was done CLI and X was started once in a while for
the very few GUI programs around at the time. (slackware as happens)
Linux/Gnu has come a long way since. Anyway, I have a skewed idea of how
things should work... at least if you are used to a mac... and not saying
one is better than the other either, just Linux is right for me.

Anyway, all that to say... I had difficulty getting bitwig to make noise.
It was not intuitive for me, I don't know that it was a lot harder than
the first time I tried qtractor (ardour was midiless at the time), but, I
am used to a tape studio both by my long ago broadcast training and work
(which I have forgotten most of) but also from 8 track/hw sequencer years.
The idea of having to connect an output to a sound module makes more sense
to me than expecting the sequencer to make noice (nothing about right or
wrong, just my personal expectations).

Bitwig for me:
- can't be run on my 32bit music machine.
- has too much stuff which makes what I want hard to find
- I found it difficult to use, but I am at the bottom of the learning
curve, That would change quickly from some of the other comments in this
- could not see a running jack server
- would not connect to alsa though it could see it.
- Did work with pulse... and lots of xruns if I moved the mouse etc.

Not a great first impression, but, having used Ardour and other DAWs, I
can at least sort of see where it is going. I could learn it and make it
work. It is more useful to me right off than LMMS, for example. I could,
if it was what I had and no other choice, do anything I have done so far
on it. I would have to learn it, but if it was what I had, I would learn
it pretty quick. I am not saying any of my problems were bitwig's fault,
in fact I expect they are all mine.

In all honesty, I expect I would be quite happy using bitwig connected to
alsa directly for almost all of my use cases.

Len Ovens

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Re: [LAU] Bitwig: what we can learn from it, James Harkins, (Tue Apr 1, 1:40 pm)
Re: [LAU] Bitwig: what we can learn from it, Robin Gareus, (Wed Apr 2, 3:50 pm)
Re: [LAU] Bitwig: what we can learn from it, Len Ovens, (Thu Apr 3, 1:02 am)
Re: [LAU] Bitwig: what we can learn from it, Hartmut Noack, (Wed Apr 2, 5:11 pm)
Re: [LAU] Bitwig: what we can learn from it, James Morris, (Wed Apr 2, 3:57 pm)
Re: [LAU] Bitwig: what we can learn from it, Robin Gareus, (Wed Apr 2, 4:02 pm)
Re: [LAU] Bitwig: what we can learn from it, Ralf Mardorf, (Wed Apr 2, 5:59 pm)
Re: [LAU] Bitwig: what we can learn from it, rosea grammostola, (Wed Apr 2, 4:36 pm)