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Review By Stephen Aghaulor
I have had some prior experience with Linux, so the installation wasn't too difficult. Although during the installation I ran into a stalling, over and over at the same point in the installation. I figured out something with the ACPI was causing the system to lock, so I read the special install instructions and installed with ACPI=off, after that the installation was smooth sailing. Upon first booting, I was very surprised at how fast the kernel/desktop/window manager loaded. My best guess is all in all it took a minute, give or take thirty seconds. By default 64 Studio used Gnome. I prefer it that way since I've had bad experiences with KDE. Gnome is renowned for its stability. The setup was pretty familiar. The task bar came loaded with numerous applications ranging from video, photo, audio, and internet; which was nice so the you don't have to mess around with installing them right from. The desktop even came stock with a pretty cool background image of a close up shot of a tuning peg on a guitar. I primarily use 64 Studio for audio recording, mulitrack compositions, and editing. It took me a few days to get used to the Linux audio system. One really awesome thing was that 64 Studio recognized my audio card (M-Audio Duo) right away, no drivers were necessary. This was crucial to me, as that's why I even bothered with a Linux distro to begin with. Driver support on MS Windows is very limited, to say the least. After I learned the basics of Jack, the application that connects all of the audio applications in Linux, I really began to appreciate Jack for what it is. Unlike the MS Windows enviroment, Jack allows you to route any program to any other program, in almost any way you can think of. This is a very powerful feature. Windows does have software that lets you do something similar, but I've only had problems with that sort of technology. Jack works beautifully. The next step was for me to learn a new recording software. I started with Rosegarden which was pretty intuitive, but I learned it had some limitations and was more oriented toward MIDI. So I then tried Ardour. Ardour requires a little bit of learning and getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, it is very simple to use. I tested a few recordings with Ardour and the quality was fantastic. I had worried that the fidelity might not be there, since I hadn't heard too much about Linux audio. My worries were put to rest on the first take. If your have proper levels, then whatever you send into Ardour via Jack and Alsa, then that is what you'll get back. The quality is the same as whatever you sent in. In my case, I know a few things about recording and I have decent equipment, so the recording was damn good. One thing I like most is that the 64 Studio forum is very active and helpful. Whenever I ran into problems, I simply posted a description of my situation and asked for help. Within hours I would have a response. I can only imaging what the pay for support is like, I bet Daniel gives you a back rub as he tweaks your machine. I'm kidding, but I'm sure it's well worth the small fee 64 Studio LTD. is asking for. Lastly, when I booted down the machine, it only took thirty seconds tops. I was surprised at how fast the shutdown sequence occurred. Usually I'm waiting around for a minute or two, but this was done in a blink of an eye. Overall I would have to say that I am thrilled with 64 Studio. It is a super fast optimized AMD64 bit realtime kernel that flies. With a little bit of learning, you can have a free high quality, super fast DAW right at your fingertips. Audio is what kept me from completely switching to Linux. Now it seems audio is what is completely switching me to Linux.
Posted by saghaulor on Thu, 08/16/2007 - 17:21