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by Jamesf
Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Linux Distributions & Other Software
Topic: NixOS and music: Experiences?
Replies: 24
Views: 1453

Re: NixOS and music: Experiences?

nteresting. You just let pulseaudio go on about it's business. No interop with Jack. That sounds ideal. It works pretty well in practice. Jack just kicks PA off the requested device as long as it's idle, so whatever they changed there, worked. I *do* know that there are a class of problems that hav...
by Jamesf
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Linux Distributions & Other Software
Topic: NixOS and music: Experiences?
Replies: 24
Views: 1453

Re: NixOS and music: Experiences?

I distribute my config across a few files and then import them. I've attached the main one, workstation_av.nix , though I had to append a .txt extension because this forum asserted that .nix isn't a valid extension. Other than that file, I do import pkgs.pulseaudioFull and set hardware.pulseaudio.en...
by Jamesf
Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Linux Distributions & Other Software
Topic: NixOS and music: Experiences?
Replies: 24
Views: 1453

Re: NixOS and music: Experiences?

So, I'm not having a lot of trouble with NixOS per se. But NixOS kind of prescribes jackdbus w/pulseaudio, which I've never done; I've always just used jack1 and killed pulseaudio. I roughly followed this (roughly, because, among other problems, the qjackctl version is quite different): https://nix...
by Jamesf
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Linux Distributions & Other Software
Topic: NixOS and music: Experiences?
Replies: 24
Views: 1453

Re: NixOS and music: Experiences?

Bumping this... I've had great success on Debian for over 20 years, but I too have made the jump to NixOS and I'm having a very tough time. Jamesf, could we compare notes? Absolutely! It's a steep learning curve, so it's no surprise you're finding it rough. I can't post my current configs because I...
by Jamesf
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: Linux Distributions & Other Software
Topic: NixOS and music: Experiences?
Replies: 24
Views: 1453

Re: NixOS and music: Experiences?

Very happy Nixos user here. Got into it for a similar reason: fed up with tracking down the cruft. Puppet and Ansible were good stabs at the problem, but inherently aren't complete, and thus don't prevent that wonderful moment of "whoops, I forgot I'd done that manually. How'd I do it, again?" Musni...
by Jamesf
Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Computer Related Hardware
Topic: New Interface - USB, TB, or FireWire?
Replies: 4
Views: 926

Re: New Interface - USB, TB, or FireWire?

USB, I think. I looked at TB for a replacement interface, since my laptop has a TB-equipped USB-C interface, but that really seems like a minority market unless you're willing to go full Mac. - did you find any TB-to-FW adapters while looking? (if such gizmoz even existsz?) Sadly, no. I did hear ru...
by Jamesf
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Computer Related Hardware
Topic: New Interface - USB, TB, or FireWire?
Replies: 4
Views: 926

Re: New Interface - USB, TB, or FireWire?

USB, I think. I regretfully retired my beloved FA-101 recently, when my last Firewire-equipped workstation died. The interface still works as brilliantly as it did a decade ago, but that standard is going away and there's not a lot we can do about it. My own understanding of the advantage of Firewir...
by Jamesf
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Computer Related Hardware
Topic: Looking for a good quality Audio interface... for cheap...
Replies: 22
Views: 1392

Re: Looking for a good quality Audio interface... for cheap...

To replace it in the medium term, I bought a Mackie Producer 2x2, partly because they make a point of explicitly supporting Linux. For €109, I'm impressed - that thing's good! For as long as you can get by on 2 ins, 2 outs and MIDI in/out, it's worth seriously considering. That's interesting! Is it...
by Jamesf
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Computer Related Hardware
Topic: Decent Interface in the $800-$1000 Range
Replies: 4
Views: 912

Re: Decent Interface in the $800-$1000 Range

Since you mention RME, what about the UCX (depending on pricing wherever you are) or even the Babyface?
Personally, the UCX is where I expect to go when two channels just aren't enough any more, as it has a class-compliant mode.
by Jamesf
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Computer Related Hardware
Topic: Looking for a good quality Audio interface... for cheap...
Replies: 22
Views: 1392

Re: Looking for a good quality Audio interface... for cheap...

FWIW, since you mentioned the Edirol FA101 in your initial post: I've been using one for well over a decade, and it's worked beautifully on Linux the whole time. I was not happy about retiring it, but my Firewire-equipped workstation packed it in, and I can't justify buying another just to get that ...
by Jamesf
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Linux Distributions & Other Software
Topic: GoboLinux
Replies: 8
Views: 850

Re: GoboLinux

Looks interesting; I don't recall hearing of GoboLinux before. I'm already using Nixos, though, and going by http://sandervanderburg.blogspot.com/2011/12/evaluation-and-comparison-of-gobolinux.html I'm inclined to stick with it. It looks like they started around the same time with similar goals, but...
by Jamesf
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Computer Related Hardware
Topic: first factors for audio interface
Replies: 6
Views: 509

Re: first factors for audio interface

If you only need two inputs at a time (plus MIDI), the Mackie Producer 2.2 is making me pretty happy. It's working nicely at 48KHz/24-bit. They explicitly support Linux, which was one of the reasons I went that way, and it also comes with a purchase/download code for a nice little collection of plug...
by Jamesf
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: System Tuning and Configuration
Topic: Utility to show the load of each CPU ?
Replies: 8
Views: 725

Re: Utility to show the load of each CPU ?

Jack Winter wrote:I use gkrellm.
Thirded.
It'll also give you memory and swap utilisation, plus disk and network traffic. And a bunch more things, if you want them.
by Jamesf
Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: Your Studio & Gear
Topic: AMP for electric uke. Any suggestions?
Replies: 3
Views: 810

Re: AMP for electric uke. Any suggestions?

Happy birthday! If it's purely a clean sound you're after, I'd go solid-state. Lighter (especially if the power stage is class D), no waiting for the tubes to warm up, no expensive tube replacement when the unthinkable happens, and the sound stays pretty much the same until you overdo it and clip it...
by Jamesf
Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Computer Related Hardware
Topic: RME Fireface UCX in Linux 5.1
Replies: 5
Views: 864

Re: RME Fireface UCX in Linux 5.1

I own a Fireface UCX, and have been using linux-ck 5.1.x. for a little while now, but I don't really see/hear any difference from previous versions. I was (naively) hoping for native control of the animal through alsamixer, but I don't see any. Nor do I see much difference in terms of latency. Woul...