Red Leader wrote:[...]I have good news! I took your advice and threw Ubuntu 18.04 on a USB boot drive and it is up and running on the comp! Both wired and wireless internet working! It was seamless.
That's how a modern Linux distro should work.
Red Leader wrote:I did a system update, installed KXstudio repos, update again, and installed 'KXstudio default settings' package.
I'm not sure what is in that package, or what it does. Honestly I'm not noticing a lot of change (i.e. no programs like Ardour or JACK controls actually installed).
I don't know what that package does either. I'm not noticing any change when I use KXStudio's software either and that's the whole point! One simply uses the software that is in the repo's as if you have no idea what KXStudio is. Just like in Windows of MocOS you do not want your computer to "change" just because you use a DAW every now and then! I think hat you expected your PC to look different and more like a music studio after activating KXStudio? That's not what Linux, Windows, KXStudio and DAW's are about.They are like word processors: you start the software when you need it and stop it if you want to use your computer for e-mailing and internetting.
Red Leader wrote:Now here is the interesting thing. In some of the literature, it sounds like you can layer KXstudio on top of Ubuntu. Here is the reference:
http://kxstudio.linuxaudio.org/Document ... ry:Upgrade
However, I really like the clean look of Ubuntu and just about every experience I've had with KDE has been awful. Do you see any reason that I couldn't skip the desktop install and just go for the applications?
I really do not see any reason to do that either. Just like users of Windows and MacOS just go for software! You're pretty much dome w/ setting up your computer now if you ask me. The only thing left is to determine what you want to do w/ music production in Linux and to install & use the software that you need for that.
You might try one last time to get that E-mu 0404 pci sound card to play nicely or, until you have a better audio device, use an on-board sound card to record some audio with Adacity for practice. I found this post in a Linux Mint forum in which somebody wrote how he got his Emu card working (Mint is based on Ubuntu so it might work for you too). Here's how he solved it:
"Here's the cure for all EMU cards whether internal or usb/external.
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tar xjf alsa-firmware-1.0.28.tar.bz2
sudo make install
It works like a charm. I can record, have all the effects, synths, midi, everything works like it does in every other OS I have."
What do you want to do w/ music in Linux? Use virtual instruments like VST's? Record your singing voice? Record guitar? Record a synth? Make house music via Midi and drum computers? What software to use depends on that.