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Using Linux to record with?

DGChaos

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I've been using Windows for ages now. I have Ubuntu Studio 12.04 installed alongside Windows 8 on my system, and it would be nice if I could get rid of Windows for good.

So does anyone here use Linux to record with? I use Reaper and I know that works great with WINE. But is there a full-proof method to get stuff like Superior Drummer, Reason 5.0, Omnisphere, and other heavy VSTs running?

Also, how would Linux interact with my audio interfaces that have been running on asio drivers like Asio4all and such?

Any guides you could post, or tips and advice you could offer are much appreciated.
 

fenderlead

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My experience is that I found a native Linux Reaper version instead of the Windows version and Wine, and there is Ardour as well.

I could get some Windows VST emulation going but there were hits and misses and Linux also has it's own VST native plugins but they are limited.

I often used guitarix http://guitarix.sourceforge.net/ for an amp sim and there are other ones such as Rakarrack http://rakarrack.sourceforge.net/

I used Linux Mint and Ubuntu but there are dedicated music distros such as Ubuntu Studio http://ubuntustudio.org/ and others.

Here are some add ons for Ubuntu and Mint https://launchpad.net/~kxstudio-team/+archive/ppa/

I didn't have any trouble with the audio interfaces except some mixer setting up config stuff and I had to configure Jack for realtime with Ubuntu and Mint, all pretty simple and the answers are at the Mint and Ubuntu forums and other Linux forums.
 

basso17

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Tracktion, having arisen from the dead, is also developing a native Linux version. Version 5, which is out now for Windows and OS X, is pretty snappy and seemingly a major advance for them (though it still doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the big boys, it has some cool things of its own), The Linux version is still a beta, but keep an eye on it.

As for the bigtime VSTs like Superior Drummer, I wouldn't count on those being workable in Linux. I think you're going to have to look for native equivalents, which may or may not exist.
 

DGChaos

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I used Linux Mint and Ubuntu but there are dedicated music distros such as Ubuntu Studio http://ubuntustudio.org/ and others.
I just installed Ubuntu Studio. Damn neat. Have you had any luck with running something like Superior Drummer? Or a similar, large VST?

As for the bigtime VSTs like Superior Drummer, I wouldn't count on those being workable in Linux. I think you're going to have to look for native equivalents, which may or may not exist.
That would be a big deal breaker for me. I doubt if there's anything as good available natively.

But do you use Ubuntu as your primary recording rig?
 

fenderlead

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I just installed Ubuntu Studio. Damn neat. Have you had any luck with running something like Superior Drummer? Or a similar, large VST?

That would be a big deal breaker for me. I doubt if there's anything as good available natively.

But do you use Ubuntu as your primary recording rig?
Yes, I've had VST success with some drum Vst's but I can't remember if Superior Drummer was one of them.

With some of them, I think I had to direct them to find their samples folder.

I've used Windows Vst's using Wine on Osx and Ubuntu/Mint Linux, and some of them work and some others work with a bit of work (missing dll problems, config problems etc) and some don't.

There are a few vst Linux hosts like fsthost and others and they are in the link I gave for Ubuntu/Mint https://launchpad.net/~kxstudio-team/+archive/ppa/

This person seems to have Superior Drummer running with fsthost http://linuxmusicians.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=10556
 






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