so who are you and why 64studio

  • Nate
Posted: Sun, 08/05/2007 - 16:24
haha I get to start off the chat forum!! Ok I thought it would be kinda cool to let everyone know who each other is personally and how you pretty much use 64studio. I'll go first. I am Nate and I am a 33 year old drummer in the united states. I have studied music at West Liberty State College where I got a music marketing degree studying under Mark Williams from the Wheeling Symphony. I have played in many bands and done a lot of great things in music. I currently play in a band called Three Legged Dog that is a classic rock/blues/funk band. I also currently work as a computer technician doing contract work for my day job. 64studio for me is pretty much the backbone of all I do. I use it extensively in Three Legged Dog as our main studio from record to mastering. We have it on a laptop and being debian based we easily got custom applications to do things like make flyers, webpages, organize gigs. we even keep our demo there and burn CD's on a "need-to" basis. Even use it for all photo editing and none of us being great visual artists, it has been great for designing professional looking logos(still working on that though but it's due to again our poor visual artistry skills not 64studio).Hopefully sometime down the road we can get an ISP that has fixed routable IP's available at my gateway and see how well doing something like a streaming server like icecast works.

Moderation latency

  • Daniel
  • 05/22/07
  • Mon, 03/29/2010 - 15:38
Hi Jay, yes we are moderating all posts before they are seen by the public, due to persistent spammer activity. I've been out of town, but have caught up with my moderation duties today :-) Cheers! Daniel


  • jaywilson
  • 06/02/07
  • Fri, 03/26/2010 - 12:58
Hello moderators, are things OK? I posted a happy comment about 4.0 betas yesterday and it didn't get to the forum. Regards, Jay

Hooray for 4.0 betas!

  • jaywilson
  • 06/02/07
  • Thu, 03/25/2010 - 16:33
Everyone knows I am not the most prolific or talented computer music guy but I can't wait for this to get out! "Grey is the new blond"


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Mon, 03/22/2010 - 17:45
There is a new alpha release in the wild... but I would not recommend it for production... This one is a Karmic based stepping stone, in preparation for the 4.0 betas, coming a few months after Lucid is released. Watch this space...

Good to be back!

  • shakky
  • 03/15/09
  • Sat, 03/20/2010 - 09:29
I was getting a bit worried that 64studio was going to die. As the end of Hardy's life appraoches, I decided to give all the other distros specific to music production a blast. 64studio knocks spots off all of them. After a month of trying them, and wasting valuable creative time trying to get them working, here I am back with my 64studio. There is nothing to beat it. It really is the best for music. Love it love it LOVE IT! May it is getting a little dated but hey, it works.

Hi all. I am carsten may. a

  • cmay
  • 10/15/09
  • Fri, 10/16/2009 - 10:26
Hi all. I am carsten may. a Danish hobby songwrite since I was fourteen when I got my first guitar. I used 64studio when I left windows xp. The decision came from having a lousy soundcard that I could never get to work on windows. I use 64studio again now I started to put my demo tracks out on jamendo and I started playing again. genre is alternative and I mix blues country and punk along with all other genres I listen to myself. I am a big fan of old disco and delta blues and I own a collection of both classical ,newage and country right next to all my punk records. I find that all music that is honest is worth listen to no matter who when and where it comes from. I like folk music also. everytime I meet a jazz band or a street musician on the streets of my hometown I will stop and listen. I seen greater talents on the street using just a guitar and slide along with the voice than I have heard on the radio. I like music that is not mainstream but strive to be honest and have meaning to the person performing.

Dissonance Factory

  • azzapkp
  • 02/12/09
  • Tue, 02/17/2009 - 06:46
I'm Aaron and I just installed 64studio2.1 a few days ago. I used to play guitar in a few bands, then purchased a Yamaha QY70 tone module, which blew my mind. It had a really limited interface so I learned alot about MIDI and SYSEX programming the hard way. Once I figured out how to build and use a PC, I used Windows originally, with Cubase, Reason, and then Ableton live. I switched to Linux for music probably about 2 years ago, starting with Jacklab. I was really a beginner with linux so that didn't go hugely well. I tried Ubuntu Studio about 2 months ago, and managed to get it running relatively well, with a fair bit of scripting and config editing. I compiled a few of my own kernels there also. A lot of instability. I needed to set up a lot of logging to try and figure out where all the problems were coming from. 64studio, compared to those two, has been a dream to install (I lost 2 days due to some weird partition/GRUB stuff LOL).. after I got that sorted everything has been easy and solid. My PC is probably 6 years old, and I may have a look at upgrading the RAM and CPU, but my budget is basically zero which makes life tough :) My latency right now is sitting around 11ms according to jack but Ardour records a bit slower than that so I'm looking into that. Terratec DMX6fire soundcard and onboard AC97 soundcard worked fine out of the box - including the onboard MIDI so I have separate loops for my external controllers and instruments Controllers: Kenton control freak (16 programmable sliders) Art X-15 MIDI foot controller (2 expression pedals, this is cool for transport functions when playing guitar) Miditech controller keyboard with 12 programmable knobs. I built my own patchbay to save having to crawl around under the desk, so I can route signal paths whenever I want to try something different. Well worth the effort! So right now for me it's all about getting those parameters assigned to things I can touch! I'm exploring software to transform the MIDI inputs to SYSEX or controller data. It's certainly gonna be easier to refine these now that I have a stable platform! There's nothing worse that getting through some serious innovation just to have rosegarden go belly up! Thanks for the wonderful distro!

more users!

  • Brigham
  • 12/25/08
  • Fri, 12/26/2008 - 17:10
I am Michael. I've used Linux for about two years now (as a desktop; used knoppix derivatives for HD recovery for a few years prior). I started with Debian, but switched to Ubuntu 8.04 after nerfing my system. I initially wanted to try out 64 Studio, but could never get it to install. When Hardy started to bug out beyond repair I decided it was time to go to 64 Studio. I do video production (very small scale, mind you) and thought 64 Studio would be a good choice. I have to wonder at this point, though. I'm running into crazy issues left and right (iceweasel flash plugin, anyone? lol). I really hope to get past these and start enjoying the distribution, though. I've heard good things all across the internet about the community here and I'm excited for that, too. ++++++++++++++++++++++++ Linux~ the headache, the cure. + ++++++++++++++++++++++++

Coming Home

  • jewelion
  • 10/15/08
  • Wed, 10/15/2008 - 07:44
My name is Julian - just installed 64Studio on a Toshiba Laptop. Couple of Hardware probs but I'm gonna get round them by fair means.. or fowl(!) Basically there's a USB sound card Behringer UCA200 which I'm told will take the place of the problematic Intel hda audio. I am mostly pleased with 64 - can't wait to get a midi keyboard and then it's off to my shed to lay down a few tracks. (Note to Sçott in Missouri, a couple of posts up in here. Me too - I stuck pins in electrical sockets as well. I've grown out of that now but I'm looking to rediscover that aspect of my personality) Thanks to the 64Studio guys - I'm off to have some fun!

I stumbled upon DeMuDi which

  • Blue Jinn
  • 10/14/08
  • Tue, 10/14/2008 - 20:59
I stumbled upon DeMuDi which this seems to be the genesis of 64Studio. (The beta 1.3 version names your computer 64Studio. ) Worked fine out of the box with a Delta Audiophile. Works fine out of hte box with a Delta 66 also. Going to try now with OSS and a Sonorus STUDI/O.

I look in the future

  • agivagan
  • 05/19/08
  • Sun, 06/22/2008 - 11:10
Hello I'm a "sound-engineer" (I don't like very much this title for myself because all what I know I know it from the scene, from learning in my job). I deal with live-sound : mix bands, and less funny other stuff like company conventions... I love 64 studio, because since I leaved windows for my personnal computing, I always return to debian after trying other stuffs. 64studio is almost pure-debian, it's really compatible, and I love it. (I have pure 64studio + lenny sources, and and a pure debian with 64studio testing sources). With 64 studio I use ardour,jack-rack and jamin to record my shows (stereo or multi-tracks recordings) and mastering it. You know these are really good good good softwares when I see some softs under windows who spend a lot of time to check if you stoled the application or not !!! Here my computer do what I want him to do : sound. My wishes is to be able to manage with linux all the stuff that today we have to deal with windows : professionnal interfaces for digital mixing desks (ie yamaha studio-manager).It's a long way to go for me and it would make me happy not to have to reboot for working in my job. But manufacturers don't want to developp for linux because they're gone with W..., they don't want to spend money to developp for linux because they don't believe in it. Trying to convince them but not easy. Now there are some linux-based mixing-desk like MIDAS XL8, Allen and Heath iLive ... and I hope that linux community will be able to put a foot in this .

Why 64studio?

  • Pablo
  • 07/11/07
  • Mon, 02/11/2008 - 21:52
Hi! My name is Pablo. I'm 37 and I live in San Sebastian, Basque Country, North of Spain. Unfortunately, Linux is not yet very popular here, although in other Spanish regions, local governments support it. I switched to Linux 3 or so years ago. I didn't like many things about Windows, you know them, I'll not preach to the converted. One of my brothers introduced me to Linux, I'll never thank him enough. My first distro was Suse. I maintained a dual boot (Linux / Windows) for a long time but eventually I performed the exorcism. In Spanish I say: Windows (hasta la) Vista! (Bye bye Windows! wordplay). I read somewhere that with Linux "the easy" is not so easy but "the impossible" is possible. They were right! Because I'm not very handy with computers, I have suffered a lot but nowadays I am very happy of being a Linux user. I play the guitar and I dreamed of being able to record music with my PC, but I never achieved it until I discovered agnula/demudi, and later 64studio, with all the wonderful audio apps. A few months ago a friend of mine and I set up a home studio, just to record our own songs, not a big deal. We've been able to record some songs by our band. The demo is on the way. I'll let you know in the "Your projects" forum. Thank you very much to all the Linux Audio developers and the community of users who share their knowledge. In this world full of mean people and sad facts, music is my defense and you make it possible. Pablo


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Mon, 02/11/2008 - 05:49
For those that doesn't know... The Master version is a current snapshot of the Testing version of 64studio, rolled in an ISO for installation testing purposes. While it is not always recommended to use this version (it may be in a temporary broken state far a day as packages change) I have done it myself to get my system up to speed after the little problem we had with 2.0 not being upgradeable to 2.1-Pre7. Nearing the 2.1 release, these should also be very near to the final version. Good to see you are now also enjoying the power of 64studio, ehma Cheers,

I tried many audio linux and

  • ehma
  • 08/21/07
  • Sun, 02/10/2008 - 23:24
I tried many audio linux and My favorite one is really 64Studio except i had some problem with install (Kernel panic because of hard drive miss recognized). I tried a hand made opensuse ( because i'm easier with yast than apt-get) it was the second best result, but too slowly. So i'm back with 64Studio Master DVD. When i'm finishing my last album i'll share it. My computer has never been as powerful as now with 64Studio. Now i can enjoy Sampletekk and PMI soundbanks without any dropout (with Cubase and Halion it didn't work very well and always dropped out). Now i have pianos i'was dreaming before (Bosendorfer, Steinway, ...) thank Linux Audio

Nothing is sweeter than Linux

  • 05/23/07
  • Mon, 02/04/2008 - 23:01
I am a 43 yr old musician in Canada, who i guess you can say is a Jack of all Instruments. For years i 'test drove' Windows apps and found various this and thats not up to par...The money thing was the biggest factor for me. I'm a stagehand by trade and noticed a lot of the road crews using Apple based sound and apps. I started looking into Linux (poor mans MAC) about 9 years ago. After Suse, Fedora, and Mandrake I found Debian!...then as years went by i found 64 Studio....Yeah that kicked A$$!! Not only can I do EVERYTHING in one spot, I have control over pretty everything else...(that made no sense what so ever). I have finished two CD's of tunes and now have started passing these songs on to A&R agents for screening to be sold and/or played by other artists...I owe it all to 64 Studio!!! Why I use it? It is Easy and simple...used Debian for several years and well...Studio meets Debian...what could be better? End of story

The Story of My Life:Geezer Alert

  • picothinker
  • 08/22/07
  • Wed, 01/30/2008 - 18:52
I am 53, my favorite artist is Frank Zappa, I enjoy long walks in the rain, and... No, wait, wrong forum! My name is Sçott, and I am in Missouri, USA. I started out sticking hairpins into electrical outlets at an early age, which may explain many things that later happened. I've been online since 1981, am a vocal advocate of online security, and erased my last Windows partition in 1999. I grew up on a farm (3rd generation), but didn't really love it. At the advanced age of 45 I changed careers. I left the country, moved to town and am now a network engineer. I also work with development on several Linux distributions. I played piano as a child, took lessons, played in many a garage band with my trusty Farfisa organ. I was blessed with a rare piano teacher that recognized that I had a good ear, and eventually encouraged me to play by ear. I later used to skip classes in college and hitch-hike 60 miles to go to a music store and play around with patch cord analog synths. That probably largely explains why I didn't graduate... I play a little bit of many instruments, none of them very well. In 1983 I picked up a Keyboard magazine, learned what a Yamaha DX-7 was, and what a sequencer was, and I knew then that this was something I had to do. I was very rural (ten miles away from the nearest Pepsi machine, and that was a town of 500) and there weren't as many people online then that I could ask questions of. In 1986 I bought a little Yamaha DX-100, an Atari 1040ST and Steinberg Pro-24 (pre-Cubase). The ST was best of breed for MIDI at the time. The only PC at any price that had In/Out/Through, and it was what they used in Hollywood. I spent the next half a dozen years slowly adding synths, drum machines, samplers, mixers, reverbs, all the assorted junk. Sequencing was a breath of fresh air, I could slop things in and FIX IT! Quantizing? Woo-Hoo! My left hand became practically useless, only good to operate pitch bend, mod wheels and ribbon controllers. The sheer experimentation possible was very exciting. Don't like that flute solo? Maybe it will make a better log drum solo, let me juggle those patch changes and try it again... I could assemble huge things that were impossible to play, but it still was missing "real" things (like guitar and vocals). I got a 4-track, started using one track to record SMPTE tones, and could sync the whole sequencing mess to three tracks of Real Stuff, and it was much better. In 1992 I started playing in a local band, and it became quite the experience. I became a guitar player, because we needed another one. We had 6,000 pounds of gear, it became our hobby and our social life. My recording dwindled to a halt as the band became busier and busier. In the interest of time, I'll skip past the next 15 years... I had been playing around with Ardour since it was very new, but compiling all the real-time kernels, and getting /dev/shm right was a pain. I actively maintain Slackware, Debian Sid, Fedora Core, Mandrake/Mandriva, and Ubuntu installs, and just didn't want to take the time to twiddle with Linux enough to manually do it all for a recording box. I discovered 64Studio, and was very happy to find that it had all the bits and pieces included. I use 64Studio on an AMD 4200, 3 gig of ram, running at about 5.8 ms. latency. I use a Delta 66, with the outboard I/O box giving me a couple of mic preamps, and a total of 12 inputs. I usually just record stereo pairs at a time. Keeping the OS and data on separate drives was a big help on getting latency down there. I have a 57 and a couple of crap mics, I am interested in some of the cheapie condensers. I know that they are crap also, but it's good to diversify your crap. My preferred genres of music are rock and roll variants, blues, and funny noises. I record everything hot and dry, and add ear candy later. I don't have tremendous dynamic range in what I record to later be juggled, so 44.1 is fine for what I do. I have been weaning myself away from my old analog mixers and effects with 64studio, and have found more and more freedom with that. I _really like_ all the patching and routing being stored, instead of scribbling notes about what went where. My main instrument now is a Korg Triton LE, but I continually love my old analog monsters. A Roland Jupiter 8, Moog Prodigy and Roland SH-101 still get used a lot. I have been in a couple of more bands off and on, but it gets to be an annoyance in a bar band to be around all the cokeheads and the drunks. I seem to go in three year cycles. I will play in a band for three years, get tired of it and quit for three years. Lather, Rinse Repeat. I don't enjoy carrying heavy things as much as I used (???) to, and enjoy the ability to play around with music on my own time, instead of other people's.

Gotta defenstrate Windoze

  • MrsColumbo
  • 01/11/08
  • Tue, 01/29/2008 - 09:24
Hi @ all. My name is Andreas. I'm 39 years old and, until recently, was an avid Cubase user - been MIDIing and recording on this P.O.S. since it came out in the early 1990ies. A few months ago I read "in the beginning ... was the command line" by Neal Stephenson, one of my favourite authors ever. Since then I can't seem to enjoy M$ anymore. So I did the old format c: and installed 64studio, even though my fellow musicians/producers/composers called me "dork" the moment I told them. Being an absolute n00b GNU/Linux-wise I had (though installing this particular distro went li9ke a dream) quite some hard times. I'm using a HP dv9057ea dual-proc 17" laptop, so installing the correct drivers for everything to work as intended was quite a bit of forum-hopping and the gool old "try'n'error'n're-installing". At this very moment I got this beautiful Emerald desktop (yes, I even included wbar to have this MacOS-feel), my latency with my trusty ole Edirol UA-25 USB-dongle is lower'n under M$ (<13ms) and I just started to get rid of the crackles, dropouts and other stuff. I gotta admit: A real sleek XP plus Cubase 3 had been a working cinfog for almost 4 years now. But lately I came to realize what PCing is all about. And it's NOT feeding Bill's (or Steven Jobs') fat ass. And supporting proprietary software & hardware developers who let themselves be scared into producing exclusevely on a "pay-to-play"-basis. Would I sum up what I invested money-wise, I'd shit a brick. Or - if I only had this GNU/Linux-revelation earlier - I would drive a nicer car. But - and let's face this together - it's gonna be a loooong way 'til Linux-based recording and producing will meet the needs an prerequisites of a _professional_ studio scene. At the moment I see the first dawn on the open source horizon, but it's gonna take years of experimenting, discussion and chaos. I'm gonna go all the way - it's the first time I feel good about doing music the software way. See y'all

Just want good sound playback

  • Basil_Fawlty
  • 12/23/07
  • Sun, 12/23/2007 - 12:44
Hi all All I want from a Linux distro is to play my mp3's correctly, I know 64 studio is probably not really aimed at people like me, but so few distro's are able to play back music without pops and distortion. I'm not a programmer so if a distro doesnt work for me I try another. Ive used Redhat7,8,9, SuSe9,10 Ubuntu and Mepis, none of these have had acceptable sound playback. well not as good as Windows and its a dual boot machine so its not a performance issue! Ive been using 64studio for a few days so far and the performance, reliability is very impressive. Thanks for 64studio!

Cardiff Calling

  • wavesound
  • 05/23/07
  • Mon, 12/03/2007 - 14:47
Hi All Just found this page!! Like most I am a musician first and sound Balance Engineer second. I too used Sonar and stuff on windows. I got to use some Nix stuff while working as a webmaster and could just see the how much faster and cleaner Nix code is to M$. I slowly moved over to Linux and built my own studio in the cellar. I have used 64studio from the early days and would like to thank all who have helped make this a professional tool for us muso's Cheers Bob wavesound Am I Blind With No I

Liverpool, UK

  • vovka
  • 06/12/07
  • Sat, 12/01/2007 - 23:29
Hi, my name's Vladimir (russian, as you might guess), 25 yo. I am studying at University Of Liverpool - Pop Music Institute (bass guitar/double bass). Have been using Linux for all my life probably (never used the other OS at all). Been working as a system admin at one ISP for some time even. But my main profession for the last 6-7 years has been sound-engineer. Never really used computers for music at all (I'm session musician as well, fanatic about live performances), but started to work with Logic at the University and decided to run my own studio on Linux ("the Only OS!"), ofcourse! As a Gentoo user myself first was running Gentoo, but found 64Studio later and fell in love :)

No other distro gets closer to how I see a Studio OS should be..

  • tinivole
  • 08/22/07
  • Tue, 11/20/2007 - 02:18
I'm 18, part-time retail, part-time on a self-learning programme. It's been a goal of mine for some time to learn Polish and C++ before I turn 21. And I haven't had the time till after college. Other than that I'm a multi-instrumental composer/songwriter and a Distinction in Studio Engineering. Why I use 64Studio? Because there simply is no other competition that can beat it. I've been around the studio since I was 13 when I started a Punk band and got acquainted with CoolEdit Pro. As I grew older and moved through the various versions of Adobe Audition, (version 2.0 was what I thought as a weak version that's only pro to the 1.5 was the new facelift) I had a change of heart and went cold turkey with a Linux distro (albeit, one so appalling it shall never be named.) 6 months, 34 distrubutions (and 1000s of re-partitioning hard-drives) later, 64Studio fell into my lap and everything suddenly made sense. The kernel is great... no wait, the kernel is %^$&£*ing brilliant! It handles every bit of my needs without xruns, stops or breaking audio signals. The layout of 64Studio is simple, I know where everything is (unlike, for example, JackLab, who had chosen the confusing menubars of KDE), everything I need is there (except bristol, but that is just an "apt-get build-dep" and a "configure, make, install" away...) First full-length album I made on Ardour was an ambitious ambient album recorded using lots of odd sounds and sounds of places. Jack-Rack and JAMin at my side always. I've also put together plans for a second album in the studio. This time an acoustic/singer/songwriter do. 64Studio will again be at the centre of everything, so we'll see how it goes. Other side projects of mine are generally that of the Prog/Rock (not the cheesey sort. Decent prog/rock... Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, The Mars Volta... Maybe a bit of Flower Kings ;D) And I am starting to take onboard lots of sample-synths (I cannot stand modular synths of real instruments. They just can't compare to the real deal) or soundfonts as I cannot just write a straight song anymore... Guitar, Bass, Drums... How dull... We need at least a complete orchestra to go with it... Sax solos, Trumpet harmonies, Hammond B3, etc. etc. This is where linux is really dropping in the department of music. Yes, there are endless soundfonts that I can use and, yes I have used lots in my work (But these are the champagne of soundfonts. I cannot stand poor quality, not after I hear/play with the real thing). But put something together in Miroslav Philharmonik and you are completely hooked onto that piece of VSTi software. At the end of the day, it's an endless banter. But the way things are moving, I'm probably gonna end up keeping both OS' for a long time. It's just the way I treat them that's going to change... Linux, on the one hand will probably be my Studio Production OS, where everything gets recorded and thrown together. MS will most like become my Post-Production OS. Because despite how far open-source has come. The proprietry department still has some slick behind it. (Again I can throw many names such as Quantum-FX 2.5, Altiverb, Line6 Toneport...) And with the release of Audition 3.0 due out this month (if not, already). With some new, what appears to be powerful features... Maybe my heart will be won back over again... But as long as there's a job to do. 64Studio at this point in time fits every basic need to fufil it...

A slightly different reason...

  • guitard00d
  • 10/15/07
  • Sun, 11/18/2007 - 21:49
I'm a 41 year old full time optician, Saturday night DJ for a nation-wide mobile DJ franchise, and guitar/keyboard player for a part time Pink Floyd tribute band in western Nebraska. I use it mainly because between one $500 Dell laptop and a $250 M-Audio USB/MIDI keyboard, I have made thousands of dollars worth of keyboard gear obsolete. Seriously, I no longer need to lug around all of the keyboard gear that I've acquired over the past 30 years, because every possible sound I need is available using the various software synthesizers available for Linux or The Linux Sampler. The sampling capabilities I have now rival everything I've ever had in the past, no more need to loop and envelope a piano sample to simulate the sustain and decay of a real piano. The only other keyboard I carry around with me along with my 64 Studio setup is an Alesis Quadrasynth QS6.2 (just in case). I'm slowly migrating all of my Windows (Cakewalk and CoolEdit Pro) studio stuff over to 64 Studio, which is kind of a slow going project. But the way I figure it, with everything in 64 Studio, there is no more need for me to shell out money to Cakewalk or Adobe (since CoolEdit Pro is now Adobe Audition). For what it's worth...I was one of those idiots that paid the money for StudioToGo (another Linux based studio system). It was a waste of $150, a buggy heap of crap and a lesson well learned. The lesson? Just because they want money for it, doesn't mean it's any better than the free stuff out there. 64 Studio beats it hands down, don't waste your money on StudioToGo.

Beautiful software

  • offbeat
  • 11/02/07
  • Sun, 11/18/2007 - 20:12
Hello, I'm Dima Mitgartz, 36 years old, living in Tel Aviv, Israel. I play guitar and middle-eastern instruments in a rembetiko band (rembetiko is a Greek music with Turkish roots). I also play reggae, and write my own songs that kinda put all above together :). My daytime job is computer programmer. The decision to go for Linux came out of frustration with Windows, desire to have free software :), and some sort of aestetic sentiment. I just like the way Linux looks and feels. And Studio 64 - well, it was the only Linux that I managed to get working on my laptop. I use it for everything - music, Internet, email, office. This is the only system I have now and I like it very much. Thanks to the team!

The support guy

  • Tim
  • 05/22/07
  • Mon, 10/08/2007 - 13:32
Good thread Nate, Nice to (virtually) meet you all. Although I'm part of the team here, I'm also a 64 Studio user, so I might as well introduce myself. I'm a 42 year-old musician, writer, composer and general all round creative person, living in the south-west of England. I have played bass with numerous bands over the last 20 years, done web-design, helped run a local community arts-centre and founded the local community choir. I also play guitar and sing my own songs. I started out using Agnula/DeMuDi in 2002 and I'm pretty committed to the Debian ethic, annoying though it is sometimes. I use 64 Studio for everything. Current projects include recording a solo album and writing a full-length sci-fi novel. I also enjoy designing icons, themes and writing documentation for the 64 Studio site. My son uses it to create graphics and animations as well as playing games, of course. (The games mostly come from Debian, in case you were wondering) I can't think why I would ever want to use another Operating System, but I guess I would say that. ;) cheers, tim /|\

Why I LOVE 64tudio

  • david-0
  • 09/17/07
  • Sat, 09/29/2007 - 17:29
I'm a Canadian musician living in England ( as of 2000 ). Since I moved here, i have always had a flavour of linux running somewhere. On my old celeron laptop i ran Slack, Red Hat, and Mandrake. I Nuked the Windoze partition first thing, forcing myself into a learning situation with *nix. When i got my AMD64 system i kept a windows partition for using Cubase, and had three others for various unix-like systems. MAndriva 2006 was great for a while, then i installed APODIO so i could do my music in my preferred environment. It was, i'm told, based on an interim release of Mandriva and therefore some of the package management tools were 'broken' or non-updateable in any kind of trivial sense. I loved Ardour0.99.x so much that i stopped using Cubase at all, and after a very long time grew tired of the ageing system base so decided to try something new. 64Studio seemed the ideal option, as i'd known about it for a while and wanted a 64 bit compatible system. When version2 came out, i'd just got a new DVDROM installed, and tried the 'live' distro and was so impressed that i downloaded the install version and put it where my old mandriva had been. Well, i've now done a few apt-get updates on the system, got my webcam, printer, soundcard and everything working,and am now a full time resident of 64Studio. I used to boot into windoze for printing stuff, and the webcam. I pretty much abandoned Cubase32, and tho my mate has NEW NEW Cubase, and it IS impressive, I have no temptation to return to windows for any reason. I have a dozen or so window managers, including my trusty old standby AfterStep- which I LOVE!! i cannot abide by windoze working environment - everything about it annoys me, especially having only one desktop, and having to click on a window to make it 'active'. As far as creativity goes, the fact that i'm not being annoyed by windoze really speeds things along when recording. I have just got things to where i feel i can record in my way, and not feel like i'm bending over backwards to meet the computer (win/mac) where it wants me!! It's a true revelation!! I bought an RME Hammerfall9652 and a Focusrite Octopre as by preamp/converter. The sounds i can get now are ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING!!! So pure and musical. Oh ya- and no locking up Windows with plugins and all that rubbish!!! I really have to applaud the work put in by Paul Davis on Ardour, and every other dev team in the open source comunity, as well as the users of this forum!! You've made my creative/computing life an absolute joy and i cannot thank you enough! I'm starting work on my first solo album, and am thrilled to be able to work so much to my long-held ideals, both musically and computing wise. I hope to have mixes to share in the coming months- I'll be breaking a leg recording in the meantime... AND LOVING IT!! You people ROCK MY WORLD!! cheerz for now- dav=-0

who we are

  • cyrille
  • 07/14/07
  • Thu, 08/09/2007 - 20:21
we are evaluating and installing 64 studio on 3 of our workstations (dual opterons and xeons) our company Kazis & Co. based in Basel Switzerland is offering services in video, DVD authoring, graphics and web design. We came to open source through a big web design project for the Geneva school of art and design (we use a french OS content management system called SPIP. We are new to linux and we like the feeling and hope to be able to use this system as much as possible in the future (the weak part of linux applications is for us video editing and DVD authoring, we are experimenting with cinelerra which is very exotic for us and we miss the lack of support for our uncompressed video capture cards from blackmagic design,) we will attend the EBU conference in geneva and look forward to meet the 64studio people. Cyrille E. Kazis

My reasons

  • saghaulor
  • 08/06/07
  • Thu, 08/09/2007 - 20:15
My name is Stephen Aghaulor. I am 25 years old and I reside in the Suburbs of Detroit. I'm a musician, philosopher, computer technician, and instructor. I've always wanted to be a musician as music is something very personal for me. I messed around in school band for a few years playing the flute. I dropped the flute and forgot how to read music. During my middle school years I was given a bit of training in church by a sound engineer on how to run a mixer. My senior year of high school these teaching came to life as I was the sound engineer for the auxiliary section of our state finals marching band. After graduating I bought a guitar and started to teach myself guitar. Shortly afterwards I began taking classical guitar lessons. Around the same time I began teaching myself audio software on Windows. I discontinued lessons and joined an improv ambient electronic collective wherein I played guitar. In that collective I learned much more about audio basics, including synthesizers, amplifiers, microphones, and guitars. After that I began recording music by myself on a high performance laptop and in the process I continued to refine my audio production skills. A year ago I joined a band and we began writing songs. The band recently disbanded and now the drummer and I are continuing to write songs together. The process is slow as we have to write music for several instruments and because we did not have multitracking capabilities because my high performance laptop died after five years of use and abuse. This year I purchased a new laptop with audio production in mind and had difficulty installing the drivers to my M-Audio Duo usb interface. I had previously played around with several Linux distro's for different reasons, including audio, but I hadn't found one that I was comfortable with. Recently I discovered 64studio and I have begun to learn how Linux audio works as well as reacquiring multitrack recording capabilities. Below is my current audio setup. Hardware: Computer: Averatec 2300 Amd Turion 64 X2 TL-50 (1.6GHz) 1 gig DDR2 100 gig SATA HDD Dual Layer DVD+/-RW nVIDIA GeForce Go 6100 1 Firewire (4 pin) 3 UBS 2.0 4-in-1 Media Reader 12.1" WXVGA Display Sound Card: M-Audio Duo