Gavin W. Burris on 24 Jan 2011 07:49:19 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Need recommendations for USB sound card

If it has to be open source, check out Ardour.

I would urge you to not be stuck on FOSS for this application.  Music is
a competitive area where all effort should be focused on creative use of
innovative tools, not systems programming.

Ableton and Reason are widely used, and are compatible with all the
latest control surfaces and creative workflows.  I'm quite a FOSS
advocate myself, and I know its strengths, but digital media creation is
not one of them right now.

Take a look at the Youtube channels for the software:

All the best.

On 01/24/2011 09:54 AM, Gavin W. Burris wrote:
> Bhaskar,
> If your son is serious about music, you may want to target your software
> first, then the OS and hardware.  Two peices of software that should be
> at the top of your list are Ableton Live & Propellerhead's Reason.
> I'm sorry to say that these pieces of software are not available for
> Linux, but I think they are the right tools for the job.
> Cheers.
> On 01/23/2011 07:07 PM, K.S. Bhaskar wrote:
>> (Although I did audio for my college campus TV station, I am
>> unfortunately a complete newbie when it comes to audio with computers.)
>> One of my sons (who is in high school) wants to synthesize, record and
>> mix music.  Does anyone have any recommendations for a decent (not too
>> expensive) USB 2.0 sound "card" that works well with Linux?  It probably
>> needs 3-4 inputs, and appropriate outputs.
>> Also, if he wants to access a MIDI keyboard, does he need anything more
>> than a USB MIDI cable?  In other words, does he need to check about
>> drivers for MIDI instruments or is the MIDI interface standard enough to
>> not require device drivers?
>> He is also concerned about latency of USB 2.0.  I have said that in my
>> opinion, he shouldn't need to worry for audio - only when / if he gets
>> to video does he need to worry about interfaces like Firewire (which his
>> laptop doesn't have - it has an eSATA connector, and an HDMI connector,
>> but no Firewire).
>> Thanks in advance.
>> Regards
>> -- Bhaskar
>> -- 
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