Another IT/hobby-musician type

Why not tell us a little bit about yourself? Welcome to the community!

Moderators: khz, MattKingUSA

Jamesf
Established Member
Posts: 9
Joined: Tue May 28, 2019 12:23 pm

Another IT/hobby-musician type

Postby Jamesf » Wed May 29, 2019 8:34 am

Hi! I should probably introduce myself.

I'm a lifelong hobby-musician, with an IT background as a sysadmin, network engineer and programmer - my OS of choice these days is Nixos.
Musically, I play things with strings and pickups: electric guitar, electric bass and electric upright bass. Stylistically, I range from reggae through classic rock (a bit, anyway) to post-punk/gothic and on to swing jazz.
I'm mostly interested in home-studio recording and online collaboration, because my day-job and travel schedule make it hard to settle into a band.

User avatar
Linuxmusician01
Established Member
Posts: 399
Joined: Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:38 pm
Location: Holland

Re: Another IT/hobby-musician type

Postby Linuxmusician01 » Wed May 29, 2019 10:56 am

Welcome! What's your DAW of choice? Or do you simply use Audacity for recording your music? Do you record your guitar directly via an audio interface or via a microphone that you place in front of your guitar amplifier/combo?

User avatar
milo
Established Member
Posts: 144
Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:55 am
Location: Southern Utah, USA
Contact:

Re: Another IT/hobby-musician type

Postby milo » Wed May 29, 2019 2:12 pm

Welcome to the forum! Post some of your recordings so we can hear what you do.

Nixos is pretty geeky. How do you like it for audio? Any advantages over the distros in Debian-and-its-Derivatives land?

User avatar
Michael Willis
Established Member
Posts: 713
Joined: Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:27 pm
Location: Rocky Mountains, North America
Contact:

Re: Another IT/hobby-musician type

Postby Michael Willis » Wed May 29, 2019 4:22 pm

Hi James!
Jamesf wrote:swing jazz... online collaboration

Oooh... Let me know if you want me to record a clarinet part. I played in school from the age of 10 to 17, then didn't really play for a couple of decades. I bought a nicer clarinet a couple years ago and started practicing again. More recently I've been playing small-band jazz with some coworkers at lunch time just for fun.

User avatar
bluebell
Established Member
Posts: 990
Joined: Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:44 am
Location: Saarland & Frankfurt, Germany

Re: Another IT/hobby-musician type

Postby bluebell » Thu May 30, 2019 8:11 am

Welcome. I learned that many IT-guys are musicians as well – including me :)

rghvdberg
Established Member
Posts: 855
Joined: Mon May 12, 2014 7:11 am

Re: Another IT/hobby-musician type

Postby rghvdberg » Thu May 30, 2019 1:25 pm

I'm a musician and IT hobbyist

Death
Established Member
Posts: 137
Joined: Sun Oct 11, 2015 1:43 pm

Re: Another IT/hobby-musician type

Postby Death » Thu May 30, 2019 1:42 pm

Welcome.

I'm an IT person too (not professionally), but only really as a byproduct of being a gamer for years. And now as a Linux user, it's pushing me to learn more than I ever intended. I'd love it if someone paid me for all the bloody troubleshooting I do.. :lol: Thinking about it, I'm guessing the majority of this forum are some form of computer engineers. Most Linux users seem to be well clued up!

Jamesf
Established Member
Posts: 9
Joined: Tue May 28, 2019 12:23 pm

Re: Another IT/hobby-musician type

Postby Jamesf » Fri May 31, 2019 11:39 am

Linuxmusician01 wrote:Welcome! What's your DAW of choice? Or do you simply use Audacity for recording your music? Do you record your guitar directly via an audio interface or via a microphone that you place in front of your guitar amplifier/combo?

Ardour is my DAW of choice, though I'm contemplating Mixbus as a variant when I feel I'm proficient enough at mixing for that to make a difference.

All my recording is direct, apart from scratch vocals; the interface is a Mackie 2.2.
For guitar, I have an Atomic Amplifire; for bass, I mostly DI. That said, there are some great bass cab IRs, and the AA now has a good SVT emulation, so I also run the bass through that, then blend the direct and modified signals afterwards.
Then it occurred to me recently to check how guitars sound through the DI, and I liked the answer, so now I'm doing that with those as well.

For my next trick, I'll try re-amping DI tracks via the effects-return of the Amplifire. It's the oddest thing, but this corridor has all sorts of twist and turns, and there's a faint smell of rabbit...

Jamesf
Established Member
Posts: 9
Joined: Tue May 28, 2019 12:23 pm

Re: Another IT/hobby-musician type

Postby Jamesf » Fri May 31, 2019 11:52 am

milo wrote:Welcome to the forum! Post some of your recordings so we can hear what you do.

Nixos is pretty geeky. How do you like it for audio? Any advantages over the distros in Debian-and-its-Derivatives land?

I'll post 'em when I'm happy with them :)
But I will do that.

It works remarkably well for audio, though I'm looking forward to the update that breaks recompliation of the optimised kernel. I was actually pleasantly surprised by how complete the offering is.
As far as how it compares to the others, my user experience has been no different from what it was on Ubuntu - I'm using the same toolkit in the same way, just with a lot more effort involved in the initial system setup. So I can't either recommend it over the others or advise anybody to avoid it, on that basis.
That said, if you're not motivated enough to basically learn Unix all over again, and patiently figure out just exactly how you get this plugin here to find libgnutls-4.0.6, I will advise you to stick to something Debian-based.

Its appeal to me is as a sysadmin rather than as a musician; I got thoroughly fed up with manually managing packages, identifying and removing cruft, and discovering too late that I'd forgotten to copy some config file or setting to my latest machine (I've been doing this for 20 years or so). Puppet was promising, but doesn't go far enough, because it only controls the things you specifically tell it about, and it doesn't stop you manually changing things outside of that, which led to all sorts of hilarity in my dayjob. With Nixos, if you don't tell it that a package needs to be there, it's simply not there; de-crufting is as simple as dropping an include-file and running

Code: Select all

nixos-upgrade switch
.

Jamesf
Established Member
Posts: 9
Joined: Tue May 28, 2019 12:23 pm

Re: Another IT/hobby-musician type

Postby Jamesf » Fri May 31, 2019 11:55 am

Michael Willis wrote:Hi James!
Jamesf wrote:swing jazz... online collaboration

Oooh... Let me know if you want me to record a clarinet part. I played in school from the age of 10 to 17, then didn't really play for a couple of decades. I bought a nicer clarinet a couple years ago and started practicing again. More recently I've been playing small-band jazz with some coworkers at lunch time just for fun.

I might just take you up on that at some point. There's a song I've been working up to re-working in that vein, and a clarinet would go nicely.

That lunchtime band sounds like a lot of fun! Did it take much perseverance to get it going?


Return to “New? We're glad you're here!”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest