Anyone using Linux for audio/music production?

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  1. ArticStorm

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    i would like to switch to linux, bitwig really improved the situation in terms of daws for linux, but most of my plugins wouldnt work on linux, there are some creative wrappers, but they do not work 100% stable, which is a major let down ...

    at least u-he plugins do work really good on linux i was reading.
     
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  2. xsze

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    One of those situations where you really need to try and see does it makes good case for you, at least yeah, your soundcard is working that's major let down in majority of cases, than loosing favorite plugins. :knock:
     
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    OP could make a list on the first post, so that we can make this sticky!
     
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  4. xsze

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    There's similar threads that deal with "Linux music production how to", this one started as "share your experience with it" kind of thing, but there was major contribution in all aspects (awesome), dunno what list to make right now sincerely, could you expand more :mates:
     
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    not sure either, maybe merging?
     
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    Why not, edit out whatever you see that fits, even my OP or anything :mates:
     
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    I would go for linux for sure but my ears adapted to windows. There is somewhat difference in audio levels beetween different operation systems.
    So linux is not for me.
     
  8. miuro

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    http://www.bandshed.net/avlinux/
    For me the best linux audio distribution. Kernel tuned for audio and video production with all software needed preinstalled. There is also a demo of mixbus. You can also use windows vst plugins.
     
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    Soon... 2020
     
  10. korte1975

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    i love Linux. it's great if you are not doing anything on your pc
     
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    Andrew AudioSEX Maestro Staff Member

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    Yep, but I have to admit, I have been using Fedora for a while as a main OS and apart from few annoyances that got sorted out quickly, no issues.
    So that's my upgrade path. Xfce Fedora spin and offline Win7 for audio workstation. The rest can be handled by WINE and native dlls.

    What? :woot:
     
  12. alexbart

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    Linux is ok for audio, for real time latency you just need to install the low latency kernel by executing a simple command, for example on Debian based systems
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    sudo apt install linux-lowlatency
    then use jack audio server and QjackCtl client to manage latency and routing. Of course if you are not open to experiment with a different operating system and learn some of the basic skills, this is not for you, but once the setup is done, you will use it without needing to know on which operating system you are.
    Well known and cross platform DAWs are available for Linux, such as Reaper, Ardour and Bitwig.
    The most of midi controllers are recognized and works flawlessly on Linux, USB audio cards usually are ok, but dsp based audio cards, such as my Xite-1 or UAD are not usable, so this is the real limitation today for Linux based audio production. What I like very much is how the user can route the audio and midi between different applications, everything is multi-client and performance is great, even without using SSD drives, you can put your linux on one USB drive, plug it in on a compatible computer, plug a USB card, power up the system and you are ready to work.
    You can test with some ready to use live distribution, such as KXStudio, where everything is enabled for real time and it's perfect to test if your configuration will work on Linux.
     
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    Been using Linux for 9 years now and never had any issues , depends what your motivation for changing is ? if your having problems on windows or mac or whatever you will most likely have the same problem on Linux because the issue will be with the user and not the OS , all these arguments about best DAW or OS or DE etc are as petty as "eight out of ten owners said their cats preferred" , just use what you got in front of you and get some work done , if anything needs to change its YOU ...............................
     
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    Tried using it for music production a bunch of times along the decades. Always gave up after a few weeks.

    We have good, mature DAWS for Linux, like Bitwig, Mixbus, Waveform and even Reaper (beta), however, there are simply not enough good vsts and vstis.

    There are some workarounds to load windows vstis on Linux, like Carla, but man, it takes so long to make it work, and then it also takes so long to load a single plugin, which may or not work, that it can make you mad.

    Anyway, as a general rule, nothing is straightforward in Linux. Oh, let's plug my audio interface! Doesn't work...Have to search a million tutorials on the web, type a lot of stuff on Terminal...Ah, now it's time to install my fancy MIDI controller! No..No...No...:dont:

    Oh, and did I mention that I hate JACK? Oh man...I hate it so much!

    Linux is cool for mundane tasks like browsing the web, reading emails, typing texts and stuff. It's excellent for ultra-nerdy stuff like corporate servers and super advanced rocket science stuff.

    If you're into graphic design, gaming and music, like me, forget about it, at least for now.

    Go on, try it for yourself, but be prepared for a lot of headaches.
     
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    Andrew AudioSEX Maestro Staff Member

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    Really?
    I experience problems on every OS, but problems aren't important. It's the effort to resolve them. And yes, on linux there are many, but their solution is usually very logical, easy to find and works on first try.
     
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    THIS
    IF you're really SERIOUS about Linux and about Music...
     
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    Not primarily
     
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    can anyone point me how to install Cubase 10 pro and Nuendo on linux ?
     
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    you might get away with Cubase 4 but even then ya gonna have to tweak its little ass for ever , Cubase 10 ? im not sure that will happen in our lifetimes but im sure some fucker will do it sometime .....................
     
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    I assume you have installed Jack? Without Jack making music in Linux is borderline impossible.
     
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