a few basic questions about sound recording and hardware..
Dear 64studio folks, I am a Debian Etch user.. I read about 64studio in Linux Format. I have some general questions about using a computer to make sound recordings. The LXF article suggests that you need a special soundcard to do recording work. Only certain ones were supported with drivers. THe one in their article was a Layla3G card... But I think it also functioned as a midi interface i.e. so I could hook up my guitar synthesiser tot it and drive a software synthesiser (yes??) and make files in Rosegarden (yes??)... How good is this Layla device? I rang up M-Audio and talked to them and they said that I needed a Delta 1010 device that would function (correct me if I am wrong here) as a midi interface and a 8 channel mixer.... Is that correct? The guy said it included microphone preamps... My notion of this at a dumb level is that I could mic up a drum kit and a guitar and bass through regular amps and some vocals and send each mic signal to its own recording channel (track) and vary the gain independently on it using this device... Is this correct? At a fairly dumb level, could I create a drum track with Hydrogen and us the guitar synthesiser in bass mode to drive the creation of a bass track in Hydrogen (or Rosegarden - please help me here) to accompany the drum track? Then I could make a CD out of it and use it as a backing track to play along to with my guitar for example..... I notice that most of the software used in 64 studio is present in synaptic in Debian Etch r0..... I thought about installing it on my machine here (I have an AMD 3200 64 bit box and am running the AMD64 version of Etch. But then I began reading the LXF article in more detail and I realised that the kernel had been optimised for real time applications and so the standard 2.6.18 kernel I have in Etch is probably not going to work properly with the music software.... The Debian illuminati thought it would be trivial to stick the patches in to the existing kernel bought I have seen emails with other people's attempts to this who failed so I think I will give that one a miss thanks but no thanks... What I plan to do is to get a SATA drive and put the 64studio on it..... I am used to having more than Linux distribution on my machine. I would appreciate recommendations of the best midi interface/preamp mixer/super soundcard beastie for my machine and activities........ Your comments are appreciated. regards Michael Fothergill