The Creative Desktop

Submitted by Tim on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 13:18

This manual for new users of 64 Studio is intended to cover enough general aspects of creative work to provide a starting point for your own multi-media adventures. This will eventually include 2D and 3D graphics, animation techniques, publishing, web design, audio production and video editing, as well as many other useful bits in between.

These articles are aimed at creative people who want to be able to realise their visions without having to become technical experts in the realm of computer science before they begin. If you want choice and a highly customisable working environment, Linux supports professional quality creative tools capable of delivering top-class results. It is now possible to run a full production studio entirely on Free Software.


In this book we will be investigating the use of Free Software tools in creative environments, and hopefully overturning some ingrained attitudes about the limitations of Linux-based systems in the multimedia arena.

64 Studio is based on the Debian distribution of GNU/Linux software. This means that there is already a vast wealth of manuals, HOWTO guides and FAQs available that cover the workings of the basic operating system and many of the general applications.

Debian documentation you should read:

http://www.debian.org/doc/
http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-faq/
http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/apt-howto/
http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/quick-reference/

We will focus on the minimum amount of set-up here, so we can dive straight into getting creative and having fun. Most of this guide isn't particularly 64studio-specific or even Debian-specific; it is designed to help anyone who wishes to explore the creative possibilities offered by a GNU/Linux system.

If you have just worked your way through the Install Guide and are wondering what to do next, start reading at the Configuration Guide. If you already know your way around the GNOME desktop, then dive in where you like, but bear in mind that the book is written to be read in sequence, so if there's anything you don't understand, it may have been covered in earlier chapters. Right, that's enough introductions, let's have a look at the software.

Welcome to your Creative Desktop!

Comments

20 comments posted
Excellent software
Excellent software, I know that 64 studio is based on debian, it is really cool, I am planning to try this under vmware workstation, there seem no info about this in online install guide, hope it can work fine too. Thanks for your product.
Posted by Reynen on Mon, 01/28/2008 - 13:01
64 Studio under VMware
We haven't tested it ourselves, but you can get a VMware build of 64 Studio 2.0 i386 here: http://www.tuxdistro.com/torrents-details.php?id=468 Cheers!
Posted by Daniel on Wed, 02/06/2008 - 11:39
Newbie needs to get Mackie Onyx Satellite working
Hi, I have been using Debian for a few weeks and need to get a Mackie Onyx SATELLITE with Firewire working asap on my HP Pavilion zv6000 with AMD Athelon 64, 1GB RAM, 5400RPM 100GB hard drive. This is the small Onyx Satellite, not the card that plugs into the mixers. Has anybody gotten one of these to work I have been using Audacity on Windows to do recordings. I have Audacity working on Debian but it won't connect to the Mackie Onyx yet. Is Audacity the right answer? Better ideas? Thanks Gary Nelson Port Townsend, WA
Posted by DocNelsonPT on Sat, 03/29/2008 - 05:11
Transition from Debian etch to 64 studio
Can I upgrade to Studio64 from Debian Etch without losing the working files and data? What is the best course of action? Thanks Gary Nelson Port Townsend, WA
Posted by DocNelsonPT on Sat, 03/29/2008 - 05:13
etch to 64studio
Hello Gary Yes, it should be possible to upgrade. Please see the User FAQ #6 for details of the procedure. Probably worthwhile backing up settings and data before the update. Hope this helps Steve~
Posted by stevea on Sat, 03/29/2008 - 17:54
Try FFADO
Hi Gary, you need the FFADO driver for the FireWire card in an Onyx mixer: http://www.ffado.org/?q=node/353 so I'm guessing this is the best driver to try first. As for recorders, try Ardour.
Posted by Daniel on Wed, 04/09/2008 - 13:23
Newbie to Linux needs help installing nividia driver-
Hello all, I am trying my best to install the NIVIDA driver for a 7950 GPU. I have tried following, their directions at the NVIDIA download site with no luck. They say to download the package which I did. Then they say type "sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-173.14.05-pkg2.run" to install the drive." I do so and I get "No such file or directory" from my terminal. the package is on the desktop where by default it downloaded to. OK things just are going Murphy's way for me. Maybe I need to read some more? Anyone have any suggestions? Is there some secret prayer I need to make because it is a binary file? Thanks Pat
Posted by hm3 on Thu, 07/24/2008 - 20:20
Better not to ask here
We don't look here so often... Ask in the forums! Cheers,
Posted by Quentin Harley on Fri, 07/25/2008 - 16:04
Gottcha!
I am taking this to the forums! I took a 2 day sabatical and now back at it. Pat/hm3
Posted by hm3 on Wed, 07/30/2008 - 05:47
I'm especially pleased with
I'm especially pleased with 64Studio's integration with Debian. The system has been designed to accommodate additions to and new versions of its software packages (using the apt tools) directly from the common Debian mirrors. I've had varying success with the added packages themselves (64-bit systems are still relatively newer and fewer), so I'll do some compiling myself. SPAM REMOVED
Posted by alankissane on Thu, 02/26/2009 - 14:47
64 Studio is great, i wonder
64 Studio is great, i wonder if there would be any updates soon, i'll check back for more news. thanks SPAM REMOVED
Posted by dimi on Sun, 03/01/2009 - 17:23
Resource compatability
I run a number of samplers and libraries on Sonar 8 - some with great sounds, but not all are stable in Windows because MS Visual2005 side-by-side errors. I just built a multicore workstation that uses Ubuntu 8.10 and will link it to an RME Fireface 800 provided drivers work. Does Studio 64 function as a sampler/editor as well as a sequencer and is it possible to migrate samples from Win/Mac compatible sound libraries? If this is in the book, just say so and I'll read it. I haven't seen comments on sample migration so far. Thank you!
Posted by katu01 on Mon, 03/09/2009 - 14:40
I'm glad this has been
I'm glad this has been posted as it brings some important info to the forefront of our attention. I look forward to following this thread as more light should be shed upon this topic. Thank you so much.
Posted by tiredtonto on Tue, 04/07/2009 - 06:13
I'm especially pleased with
I'm especially pleased with 64Studio's integration with Debian. The system has been designed to accommodate additions to and new versions of its software packages
Posted by Cristiano on Tue, 04/07/2009 - 16:26
Can I upgrade to Studio64
Can I upgrade to Studio64 from Debian Etch without losing the working files and data? What is the best course of action? Thanks
Posted by essay911 on Sat, 04/11/2009 - 18:16
Installer
I just boot 64studio - well, it`s 2009, I will not use installer from last decade, so - do it better!
Posted by KS on Sun, 04/12/2009 - 08:57
64 Studio is based on the
64 Studio is based on the Debian distribution of GNU/Linux software. This means that there is already a vast wealth of manuals, HOWTO guides and FAQs available that cover the workings of the basic operating system and many of the general applications. Wow, this creative studio looks pretty cool to me. Mike from how to make beats online guide.
Posted by tolo87 on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 10:21
Reply
I have Audacity working on Debian but it won't connect to the Mackie Onyx yet.
Posted by panettiere83 on Fri, 04/17/2009 - 05:19
I'm especially pleased with
I'm especially pleased with 64Studio's integration with Debian. The system has been designed to accommodate additions to and new versions of its software packages.
Posted by Finge Serie on Mon, 04/27/2009 - 15:34
Hi there. I've been trying
Hi there. I've been trying to use 64studio with virtual box but i keeps hanging. Is there any known issue? I'm so frustrated.
Posted by plastorgas (not verified) on Thu, 05/14/2009 - 19:44