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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

  Lessons from Studio64

I installed Studio64... and it "just worked". Not only that but the clean simplicity of the gnome interface (and a xterm selection where it belongs - in the right-click menu) gave me ideas.

Problems were it was running an old version of Ardour, and I really like ardour 2.0, and I wanted the tranzport to work.

I ripped the best ideas from Studio64, updated my FC6 laptop to 2.6.19-rt1, and with a little tuning got my laptop up to where I only got 6 xruns in 12 hours today (all but while doing heavy stuff like exiting a browser, etc). Me being me, I'm obsessing on the one (hydrogen crashed).

I hacked on the tranzport a while, and got to where it was reliable enough to actually use.

I think I have found a problem in linuxsampler where it needs to lock some stack before it goes realtime. With the crude hack in place, it has run all day.

That's one of those things that really lowers your musical stress level. Being able to sit down and KNOW something will work, the first time, and stay working, and to not have to keep worrying about it, but only the music.

...May have the same problem in rosegarden and hydrogen, too, although there are some kernel tunables that I could involve. Hmm... maybe some low memory tuning for the ethernet card...

What a relief - almost makes looking at that x86_64 rant embarrassing - I'll save it up for my next battle though. I've recorded hours of material since sunday, some of it is even pretty good.

And studio64? Well... that box doesn't have a rme-audio card in it so it's going to sit a while. I'll get back to it in a bit.

The core lesson - the BIG lesson - from Studio64 - was the pursuit of simplicity. If I think about the laptop as a core piece of embedded studio gear and not my portable development environmnet, it's quite alright.
 
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