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Comment Re:Media production software (Score 1) 223

Ok, as someone who used Cubase as my first foray into recording, I can understand your confusion. However, things on linux work much more like real hardware, so to anyone besides you and me, who has used a tape machine or hdr, with a console, outboard effects, and a patchbay, the Ardour approach is much more sensible. Much like the way a beginner guitarist will want an all-in-one amplifier with effects, reverb, and several channels, whereas a seasoned pro used stompboxes, rackmounted processing and a dedicated power amplifier, this is the difference between a studio suite like Cubase and a dedicated editor/mixer/recorder like Ardour. Check out the plugins available at linuxdsp.co.uk or google search for the invada plugins if you need something with a fancy gui. Otherwise, the plugins included with ubuntustudio-audio-plugins in your standard repos are sure to have all the functionality you need (although they're not necessarily user-friendly, as a trade off though, the ladspa effects are generally quite system-resouce light, so you can use more than in a Cubase VST type setup). As for your issues with hydrogen, I don't really understand. When you use a piece of software like fruity loops or reason (i've never programmed drums in cubase), you must use a loop that's four beats long. To make a 3/4 beat in hydrogen, just change the pattern length to 12. The reason this is way more useful is in the case that you're making a song with one patter at 3/4, another at 4/4. and so on. Sure, it's a little bit harder to wrap your head around if you're only using one type of beat for a song, and you only use either 4/4 or 3/4 for any song you do, but for anyone looking to get truly creative (hence, anyone with moderate to advanced musical training), the complexity you can achieve with such a system is absolutely necessary.

Comment Re:Not Chrome's Fault (Score 1) 223

I've been using Ardour professionally for the last five years. Check out my latest album at dickmacinnis.com. Works better than any other DAW I've used (including cubase/nuendo, protools, cakewalk, etc....). I've only recently started using hydrogen, but the fact that it can be hooked up via jack to any midi sequencer is super great, and even programming within the editor itself is totally awesome. I used to use fruity loops and reason back when I was a windows guy. The unlimited routability of jack applications is not only terribly handy, it's how software should behave (that's how hardware works: you can plug a hard-disk recorder into a separate guitar amplifier). And believe me, I am definitely a professional musician: I have been solely self-employed (making live appearance and merchandise profits) for the last 3 years. All the while using open source software for everything from recording, to graphic and web design, to video production.

Comment LastPass (Score 1) 1007

I use lastpass. They have online sync plugins for firefox, chrome, ie, and safari, as well as a downloadable tool similar to keepassx. All you have to do is remember this one password, and it keeps track of all the others. very handy. Plus, if you do use the online sync tool (i.e. if you're not afraid of having your passwords on some other company's machine), you can always log in at their site to retrieve passwords if you're on a computer that can't download the plugin.

Comment Linux fans already know (Score 1) 442

I agree that people in marketing are not tech-savvy (on the average anyway). I agree that some people would never care that Linux is used in the machine, and that some (though probably very few) would even be scared away by the fact that linux is the basis of the machine. What strikes me as glaringly obvious though, is that anybody who cares whether or not their radio runs on Linux can already find out that this particular one does just that (look at the coverage it's been given here), and anyone who doesn't know, doesn't care or would shy away from the product because of it probably doesn't read things like slashdot, and would never know the difference. To me, this a perfect example of marketing genius.

Comment Re:I know this guy... (Score 1) 513

I appreciate your suggestion, and in fact I've heard that before from at least one other person (my lead guitar player). However, most of the people who come to my shows find out about them from facebook events, myspace updates, or tweets as opposed to checking out the events section of my website. Having the links on my home page just makes this all easier for the average person. Also, I've sold a few songs and even a couple albums on the various internet distribution sites you'll see on my banner ad (most sales are at the concerts), but I have yet to sell a single CD from my own online store. While I agree that one stop shopping looks more professional, at an entry-level people are far more likely to recieve news and purchase from sites they already use and trust. Were I to rely on people checking dickmacinnis.com every day to see if new events have been posted, or even have a mailing list, I can tell you from experience with other band that I've been in that far fewer people would be aware of what's going on. As always though, criticism is appreciated! Thanks for checking it out. Dick

Comment Re:I know this guy... (Score 1) 513

I've been using linux exclusively for the past year as a DAW os. Jack is the best audio server I have used (compared to Mac's CoreAudio and ASIO or WDM on Windows), due to its unlimited flexibility, its builtin network audio component (netjack) and it's low latency. Check out my debut solo album at http://www.dickmacinnis.com/ and see what a person can do.

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