Lee H. Marzke on 14 Jul 2012 11:05:59 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] just an update curiosity


Do you have the Mobile-Pre 7.0 (out of production) or newer mkII that is
currently being sold? I need to do the same to my large collection of LP's.


You also seem to be mixing server loads ( Database, file storage, etc ) with
your desktop use. Why not (re)build your server with linux software RAID,
storage and also run all your database there and web apps there and stop
using that for a desktop. Also you mentioned testing mixed with production, which
is never a good idea. Why not build
up a virtualization server with your choice of KVM, Xen, or my favorite ESX
which allows yo to run multiple servers for testing/upgrading and production.
This server needs lots of RAM and disk, but not a lot of CPU. You also
can tuck the server and UPS away in your basement/closet, so sound
is not a issue.

Then do all your audio and other desktop needs on a new desktop/laptop
( which now does not need large disks or lots of RAM, etc, as those
are now handled by the server )

You also don't need to keep your desktop running all the time and
it will be quiet.


From: "K.S. Bhaskar" <bhaskar@bhaskars.com>
To: "Philadelphia Linux User's Group Discussion List" <plug@lists.phillylinux.org>
Sent: Saturday, 14 July, 2012 12:19:59 PM
Subject: Re: [PLUG] just an update curiosity

On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 8:12 PM, Rich Freeman <r-plug@thefreemanclan.net> wrote:
On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 8:08 PM, Matt Berlin <arkestra@gmail.com> wrote:
> If you're going to the the trouble of ripping lps, you shouldn't even be in
> the same room.

I tend to prefer AMD, and you get very good bang for the buck.  Pick
and choose what you invest in.

I did want to comment that you don't want to spend a lot of money on
CPUs for sound processing, unless you're doing a LOT of it (think
conversion server being fed tons of audio from who knows where, or
realtime digital from MANY sources).  If you spend half an hour
capturing an LP you'll probably spend all of 3 mins transcoding it if
you parallelize it, and unless you're striping your hard drive might
just limit you before CPU.

Multi-channel audio was also mentioned.  I'd talk to somebody who does
that stuff first.  Consumer sound cards are pretty limited there.  You
might do better to record digitally elsewhere and just transfer the
audio to the PC, or use some other external capture solution.  Maybe
there are great sound cards for that for the PC, but they're not a
typical consumer market item.

[KSB] For digitizing my 300+ LPs as a background project, I have been using Audacity on XFCE on a first generation System 76 netbook (Atom CPU, 2GB RAM, 300ish GB drive) now upgraded to 12.04 LTS.  For digitizing, I have a older generation USB M-Audio MobilePre.  It's not fast, but does everything I need.

I also transfer them to the SD card on my CrackBerry.

What I haven't figured out is when playing them from said CrackBerry in my car stereo via BlueTooth, the display picks up a picture of the album cover from somewhere and displays it on the screen.  That's a bit scary...

-- Bhaskar


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