Please share your gnu/linux music production setup

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Re: Please share your gnu/linux music production setup

Postby Nachei » Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:07 pm

Usage: home studio
Hardware used: Compaq Presario CQ50, Lexicon Alpha, Peavy Predator, 2 SM58s
Software used: Puppy Linux (Pup Studio and TahrPup), Ardour, Audacity, LMMS, Hydrogen,Zynaddsubfx, Rakarrack, Guitarix
Issues with the system (problems, complaints): currently investigating occassional Jack 2 unstability with the Lexicon (sometimes works like a charm, sometimes freezes...).
Overall rating: never used anything other than Linux, and never had to. I love the degree to which you can customize your system to your likes with Linux.

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Re: Please share your gnu/linux music production setup

Postby Aksjodgoi » Mon Oct 17, 2016 3:43 pm

Usage: Home studio

Hardware used:
Asus K55V laptop with Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.30GHz, 8GB of RAM;
Focusrite Scarlett 2i4,
Sire Marcus Miller V7 5 string bass.

Software:
Ubuntu 16.04.1(currently but I like to change it sometimes) with kxstudio repos
Cadence
Catia
Ardour
Drumgizmo
Guitarix
Soundconverter
LV2, LADSPA plugins (such as Calf plugins, eq10q, zam-plugins, etc.)

Issues:
Xruns appears even when buffer size is 256. :/
It never happened when I used LinuxMint17.3 and LinuxMint18 with same setup. Don't know if it is because of DE or newer kernel... Maybe because of insufficient system config (which is fixed now and will test soon).

Overall: hm... All the programs in Unity DE fits in screen perfectly (especially ardour) but responsive time grinds my gears. So this DE gonna be replaced by cinnamon (LM18) or gnome (maybe arch again or ubuntu gnome).

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Re: Please share your gnu/linux music production setup

Postby chaocrator » Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:08 pm

updated my post

software:
added Machina, a finite state automata sequencer for some parts
shortened softsynths list to the following items actually used:
ZynAddSubFX
TAL Noize M4k3r
Helm
Dexed
Phasex
reverted plugin host to Carla since it's the best and most stable option available at the moment.
changed drum machine to hydrogen, since it supports pedal hi-hat controllers now

hardware:
upgraded my drumkit with Yamana TP120SD snare and RHH130 hi-hat pad/controller.
after this, it became 6-piece (was 5-piece before).
also, upgraded my double pedal from budget-range Tama Iron Cobra HP200 to top-of-midrange Pearl Eliminator.
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Re: Please share your gnu/linux music production setup

Postby gennargiu » Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:06 pm

my name is Gennaro from Naples Italy

Home Studio recorder and hobby

Hardware Computer : Laptop Asus X54c ( 6 Giga Ram,i3 quad core 2,40 processor,hd 320 gb)
Hardware Setup: Maudio Firewire Solo,Behringer uca 222,Behringer Podcast studio usb Audio card, mixer beringher xenix 1002, monitor nearfilef esi near 05 ex, maudio 2x2 midi interface, midiface 2x2 midi interface,headphone pioner

Raspberry Pi3 and Monitor 7" TFT Kuman,Sonic Pi 3,Audacity,Sunvox,Raspbian Stretch System,various software music production repository official rpi

Hardware synths and effect : Microkorg Mk1,Alesis Micron,Yamaha Dx7 Mk1,Roland D50,Korg M1,korg Volca Sample,Korg Monotron series ( Monotorn,Monotron duo, Monotorn delay),Teenage Operator Pocket Factory,Office,Rhythm Zoom Ms 70 cdr multistomp pedal effects (reverb,chorus,delays)

Acoustic Instruments : Rainstick,Didgeridoo,Kalimba (10 note),Guiro,Singing Bowl,Bansuri Flute (bamboo),Dizi Flute (china),Ocarina,Kazoo

Software and programs : Debian Stretch,Ardour 5.5,Audacity for live recording and editing audio - various other programs (rosegarden,lmms,muse,virtual synths gnu/linux)

Desktop Home Studio : Hp Elite 8200 sff I3 quad core 3,1 ghz - 16 Giga Ram Hd 2 Terabyte on two partition : 1) WIndows 10 Home 64 bit - 2) Debian Stretch 9.4
Hardware Setup: Maudio Firewire solo, Behringer uca 222 usb,mixer beringher xenix 1002, monitor nearfilef esi near 05 ex, maudio 2x2 midi interface, midiface 2x2 midi interface,headphone pioner
Hardware synths and effect : Microkorg Mk1,Alesis Micron,Yamaha Dx7 Mk1,Roland D50,Korg M1, Zoom Ms 70 cdr multistomp pedal effects (reverb,chorus,delays)
Software and programs : Debian Stretch,Ardour 5.12,Mixbus 4.3.19,Audacity for live recording and editing audio - various other programs (rosegarden,lmms,muse,virtual synths gnu/linux)


This systems hardware/software is perfect for my recording multitracks audio and editing audio
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Hp Elite 8200 3,1 Ghz - 16 Giga Ram Hd 2 Terabyte - Av Linux 64 (Debian Stretch 9 based + Repo kxstudio) - Ardour 5,12 - Mixbus 5
Asus X54c - Debian Stretch+Repo kx Studio-Ardour 5.12- Mixbus 5-RPI3 + Raspbian Stretch

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Re: Please share your gnu/linux music production setup

Postby chaocrator » Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:03 am

at last, bought 2nd laptop.

fiddling with netjack now (both laptops are synced to external controller), chosing the mixer, and thinking what to do with rhythm section.
the idea is continuing to perform without pauses in case of one laptop crash (should not happen, but who knows…)

also, planned to add PreenFM2 інтер to my setup (mainly for percussive sounds), and probably some small-sized subtractive hardware synth.
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Re: Please share your gnu/linux music production setup

Postby Count » Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:07 am

Just starting out, after thrashing around not really knowing what I was doing, I have settled into using;

KXStudio - A/V centred OS
Cadence - Amongst other things JACK management tool
Catia - JACK patchbay
Clauda launcher - LADISH frontend and app launcher
Audacity - for direct audio recording (microphone/guitar)
LMMS - current DAW of choice for sequencing external MIDI devices
QSynth - extra instrument sounds
M-Audio Fast-Track Ultra - phono/MIDI USB interface device
YAMAHA PSS 680 MIDI keyboard/synth - provides it's own voice, rhythm, drum, and synth functions; MIDI IN, OUT and THRU
ALTO LIVE 88 MIDI keyboard controller - weighted full size 88 keys controller only
Ibanez S series electric guitar, Dragon Attack Treble Boost, Marshall Blues Breaker Boost. Line 6 Spider 2 15W modelling amp for the guitar.
Aiwa amp and speakers as a monitor from the laptop/audio interface

That is my current cobbled together 'studio'! I've been playing guitar for about 2 years. But back in the 80s (showing my age *cough*) as a young teen I messed about with a Yamaha PSS 680 and even had it attached by MIDI to an MSX computer at one point... all so long ago!

So I yearn to merge my two 'musical periods' and bring guitar and keyboard/synth, sequencer, live-looping all together in one!

After a bit of a journey I have settled on KXStudio as an OS, and am just starting to put the hardware side together! And starting a steep learning curve of AV linux!

I have two issues in my studio/audio chain/web;
1 - is central hardware. I am thinking about buying a KDE Slimbook to run KXStudio and be my central device for the studio but especially on the road.
2 - is the final output amp. For now I have been using a Line 6 modelling amp - people really hate on them, but for under £100 it gives me a sound I can work with from my Ibanez! However, I'd like to find a permanent solution that can run the guitar and the keyboard? Is there such an amp?

I would also one like some nice monitor speakers or headphones.

I am unsure as to how to finally attach the guitar and the electronica... do I put the guitar through the interface and the DAW? Or do I run the guitar through its own amp, Because I want that really great sound? But then how do i put the guitar into the mix for a loop with the keyboards/synths?

So much learning curve to go!

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Re: Please share your gnu/linux music production setup

Postby xhilyn » Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:39 pm

Hi All.

The Software I use:

Ubuntu Studio 16.04.02 as my OS with:
QjackCtl - Jack control
Yoshimi - Multitimbral Virtual Analogue Synth
Hydrogen - Drum Machine
Rosegarden - Midi/Audio Sequencer
Calf Rack - Effects Rack for Jack
Audacity - Wave Editor

The Hardware I use:

Zoostorm i5 @ 3.0 Ghz with 8 GB Ram
Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface
Tapco Mix100 Analogue Mixer
M-Audio BX5 & BX Subwoofer Active Nearfield Monitors
AKG K240 Studio Headphones
Fame C01 Delux Condenser Microphone
M-Audio Axiom Air Mini32 Controller keyboard with 8 Pads & rotary knobs
Yamaha WT11 Wind Controller with VL1M Virtual Acoustic Tone Generator.

Thats all folks.

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Re: Please share your gnu/linux music production setup

Postby Philotomy » Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:56 pm

Also just getting into home recording. I'm mainly a guitarist.

Software
  • Arch Linux w/Jack2, Cadence, Catia, Carla, etc.
  • Bitwig Studio
  • Hydrogen
  • Guitarix (although I don't use it, much, I prefer using actual amps)

Hardware
  • Home-built PC (dual monitor setup)
  • ART USB Dual Pro interface
  • Yamaha HS8 monitors
  • AKG K240 headphones
  • CME Xkey MIDI controller
  • Yamaha DTX400 electronic drum kit
  • AT2020 Mic (condenser)
  • 2 x Sennheiser e835 mics (dynamic)
  • National WM-343 mic (condenser)
  • Cheap Ibanez bass guitar (don't recall the model) + Peavy amp
  • Guitars: 2 x American Teles, American Strat HSS, American Standard Strat, Fender Mustang 90, Gretsch G5420T, Gretsch Honeydripper resonator, Charvel Desolater, Ibanez 540S-LPF, Yamaha FGX700SC acoustic, Aria classical acoustic, Epiphone strat copy, Alvarez-Yairi acoustic
  • Guitar Amps: Marshall DSL-40C, Fender Blues Jr. III, Boss Katana 100/2x12, Vox DA-5, Marshall SL5
  • Guitar Pedals: Too many to list :)

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Re: Please share your gnu/linux music production setup

Postby sadko4u » Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:51 pm

Software:
  • openSUSE Linux, currently 13.2, planning for upgrade
  • QJackCtl
  • Ardour

Instruments:
  • LTD M-100FM electric guitar with 2x DiMarzio D-Activator X pickups and Original Floyd Rose FRT-100 installed
  • LTD M-1000 electric guitar
  • LTD D-5 bass guitar with Seymour Duncan SSB-5 pickups installed
  • LTD XTone AC30-EQM acoustic guitar
  • Yamaha piaggero NP-V60 synth

Gutar gear:
  • DigiTech Whammy 4
  • Dunlop Crybaby Kirk Hammet signature
  • Boss TU-2 Chromatic tuner
  • AMT HR-1 Heater overdrive pedal
  • AMT PE-1 P-Drive distortion pedal
  • AMT E2 FET guitar preamplifier
  • Boss DD7 Digital Delay
  • Boss BF-3 Flanger
  • Yerasov Goblin 10 tube amplifier

Mixing/recording hardware:
  • Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 audio interface
  • Focusrite OctoPre MKII preamp
  • KRK Rokit 8 2nd gen monitors
  • KRK KNS-8400 headphones
  • Radial X-Amp studio reamplifier
  • Radial J-48 studio direct box
  • Shure DMK57-57 dynamic drum microphone kit: 3x Shure SM-57, 1x Shure Beta 57A
  • Shure Sm-58LC dynamic microphone
  • Shure PG-57 dynamic microphone
  • MXL 606 x2 condenser microphone
  • MXL 550/551 condenser microphones ensemble kit
  • MXL R144 ribbon microphone with Tritonaudio FetHead preamplifier
  • Samson 8KIT drum microphone kit
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Re: Please share your gnu/linux music production setup

Postby chaocrator » Wed Apr 05, 2017 5:57 pm

chaocrator wrote:also, planned to add PreenFM2 to my setup (mainly for percussive sounds)

so, got DIY kit today.
PreenFM2 is open hardware / open source project, so it's definitely worthy of attention.
and i love it fot its size (read: portablity). here is the pic of PreenFM2 case vs 13.3 inch laptop.
preenfm2 vs laptop.jpg
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Re: Please share your gnu/linux music production setup

Postby tnovelli » Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:14 pm

Usage: home studio
Hardware: HP 8100 small desktop, i5 3+ ghz x 4, 8gb RAM, 1tb HDD, Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 gen1
Software: Mint 18.1 with KXStudio, Ardour 5
Issues: none yet
Overall rating: good midrange setup. For audio it's just as good as my main PC but smaller, cheaper, and quieter.

Usage: old/alternate system
Hardware: cheap Toshiba laptop (~2013), Pentium mobile 1.8 ghz x 2, same interface
Software: Mint 17.3 with KXStudio, Ardour 5, QTractor
Issues: slow laptop, possible USB issues, >20ms latency
Overall rating: meh

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Re: Please share your gnu/linux music production setup

Postby chaocrator » Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:44 am

updated my list again.
now i have two hardware synths, 4-timbral PreenFM2 for FM synthesis, and 6-timbral Novation Nova Laptop for subtractive/analog modeling synthesis, with total polyphony of 24 to 30 voices (depending of FM patch complexity). so, this allowed me to get rid of most software synth stuff, except for ZynAddSubFX, Helm, and sometimes TAL NoiseMaker (mostly because i like it). anyway, now softsynths are primarily used for pads & additional textures.
so, i turned to hardware side of the force, and left generic computers only for what they do better — controlling synths, instead of doing their job.

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Re: Please share your gnu/linux music production setup

Postby wjl » Sat Sep 23, 2017 11:23 am

Usage: narrating howto videos, amateur musician

Hatdware: got a Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 (2nd gen) for my birthday this year in February:

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together with a Røde NT-1A microphone for voice overs:

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Since then, I also bought a nice bass guitar, which is a Fender Squier VM Fretless "P" bass:

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(I used to be a musician (bass player) when I was much younger, and got this after a 35-year-or so hiatus)

Software: Debian GNU/Linux (since years my main system at home, on a self-built computer with Intel Core i5 processor)
KXStudio as additional repositories, with all the good stuff that comes with it, like the latest Ardour, the Cadence suite, and so on. Loving it.

At the moment, that bass guitar goes directly into my interface, but I'm considering getting a MarkBass JB Players School combo (with 1x15" speaker) to use both the microphone on its speaker, as also the DI Out (pre fader and tone) to get my pure bass signal into the interface. I can still use gxSVT of the guitarix project if I want to emulate a tube amp and cabinet, which works pretty good (had an original SVT with two "fridges" (8x10" cabs) when I was younger).
more about me on my blog

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Re: Please share your gnu/linux music production setup

Postby Gps » Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:44 pm

Guus
Home studio
AMD Phenom II X4 at 3.2 ghz, 8 gig ram, GeForce GTX 750, 1 gig ram, and a keystation mini 32, on openSUSE leap 42.2 (64 bit) using the nvidia drivers.
LMMS, and Audacity

Overall very happy, although it can be a pain to find all the files needed for compiling, because not all distro's use the exact same names, for certain files.

Some vst turn lmms into a crash happy application, but overall lmms is for me very stable.

I love openSUSE, its very user friendly, although for making music, if you don't want to compile programs your self, there might be better distro's.
( kx studio is the one I am thinking about )
LMMS, Ardour, Audacity and Carla are available from the repositories.

There is a problem with lmms, the latest stable release, but that's not an openSUSE problem, all distro's as far as I know have this problem, vestige missing and or not working.
That's why I am using rc 3.

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Re: Please share your gnu/linux music production setup

Postby folderol » Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:16 pm

Name Will (but more often appearing as 'Folderol')

Hardware: (deep breath)
Motherboard Asus F2A55-M LE FM2 socket
CPU AMD A8-5600K Quad Core APU (3.6GHz) & Radeon™ HD 7560D Graphics
+ 22dBA Triple Copper Heatpipe
Memory 4GB Samsung dual-DDR3 1333MHz
SDA 120GB Intel 330 series SSD, SATA 6 Gb/s '/' & /home'
SDB 180GB Intel 330 series SSD, SATA 6 Gb/s '/audio' & '/source'
DVD 24x dual layer writer
PSU Crusade 450W Quiet 80 PLUS Dual Rail + 120mm Fan
Box Coolermaster Silencio 550 quiet mid tower
Maudio 2496 sound card
MidiSport 2x2

22in LED widescreen monitor

Mk1 Roland Sound Canvas - use mostly for percussion
Yamaha SY35 keyboard
Yamaha QS300 keyboard
Keyboards mostly used for playing (QS300 has a nice action and aftertouch)

Squier Tele Guitar - hardly ever used :(
Shure PG58 mic - for the rare vocal stuff.
Noname 4ch mixer for getting all that lot in.
Sennheiser HD 598SE phones - really comfortable.
The worlds finest 75W RMS/channel stereo + sub amp... I would say that, I made it :lol:

Software:
OS debian (currently stretch)
Rosegarden - for MIDI recording live play and general arranging and editing.

YOSHIMI softsynth with many, many patch banks - including a couple of my own.

Audacity - a nice simple recorder-editor for final top-and-tail.

Setup hardly changed for years, apart from software upgrades. Everything powers up, ready to go, from a single mains switch.


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