Monthly Archives: October 2009

Ubuntustudio 9.10 (Karmic) beta

I’ve installed the Ubuntustudio 9.10 daily release today and it worked almost without a problem. It is working on my homestudio PC (AMD 780G chipset with a Athlon 64 X2 processor) where the previous Ubuntustudio 9.04 and 8.10 failed to boot and I had to use Ubuntustudio 8.04 or a custom built rt kernel for the 9.04 release. Now for the (few) problems:

  • Grub installation asked for including a menu item for the Windows installation already present on my PC, but it didn’t include the menuitem, so I had to include it manually
  • It detected the availability of restricted hardware drivers (ATI), but failed to install it
  • When using audio in realtime the system hangup from time to time, blocking eerything (keyboard, mouse), but leaving the ‘RT’ label on jack client flashing slowly.

So these are the first impressions, not bad for a beta release, extremely fast boot and shutdown time (it seems about half the time I had with 8.04, but didn’t measure it), and my homestudio PC hardware seems now do be (almost) supported :-) Continue reading

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Howto install Rackarrack on Ubuntu / Ubuntustudio 9.10 (Karmic)

Rackarrack is an excelent realtime guitar effect processor for Linux, unfortunately not yet included on Ubuntustudio.� I’ve followed this tutorial to install it on Ubuntustudio 9.10 beta (Karmic), and it worked very well, so I’m including here the steps necessary to do it (I suppose it would also work on previous Ubuntu versions):

Add all the necessary dependencies:

sudo aptitude install jackd libjack-dev libjack0.100.0-0 libjack0.100.0-dev libfltk1.1 libfltk1.1-dev libasound2-dev libxpm-dev aconnectgui

Add the necessary developer tools (compiler, make, etc):

sudo aptitude install build-essential

Get the Rackarrack source here, extract it, change to its directory and execute:

./configure

make

sudo make install

The original tutorial has a link to a .deb package for the amd64 architecture, I haven’t tested it.

Good luck!

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Books

I’m waiting for this book (I’ve ordered it from Amazon), as soon as I have it I post here my comments:

Guerilla Home Recording: How to Get Great Sound from Any Studio – (No Matter How Weird or Cheap Your Gear Is)

These are other home recording / production books I think that can be interesting:

Free Software for Creative People: Building Digital Media with Blender, GIMP, Scribus, Audacity, and More

Digital Audio Workstation

Any other recommended book? Please comment Wink

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