Linux Studio (non)Update

I just wanted to say I am taking a very short break from setting up the studio. I have two shows coming up next week and my first priority is to rehearse.
Also, and this is good news as well, I met a major goal I set for myself.  The reward is a new piece of recording hardware that I have been ogling over for a long time. So, going to get that ordered today and once it gets here, the studio progress will resume!


Setting Up a Linux-Based Recording Studio (Chapter 1)

As I stated in the Preface, I am a little dubious of this whole Linux-based studio idea. In theory, it is great, but in reality, it has been a lot of sleepless nights. As harsh as this might sound, a bit of the issues have not been the fault of the OS, but have been, in fact, due to errors on my husband’s part. Before you judge me for insulting him in public, please know that he had encouraged me to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but. This blog is meant to entertain the curious, but also to help guide others who are considering recording with Linux software.

The first lesson we learned was that if you are going to use a computer previously set up to do something else, take a good hard look at it. It turns out having it set up to be a server and having it run a raid system, forgetting this and then trying to load a new OS onto it makes for a very messy situation. At one point the computer would not shut down, then it wouldn’t restart.

Second lesson learned: Google is your friend. People think my husband is this all-knowing computer nerd, and I still claim this to be so, but I guess his secret weapon is Google. What he does not know, he finds pretty quickly. Google search: love it, use it.

So finally, last night we got Ubuntu Studio to load properly and started walking through on-line tutorials called Getting started with LinuxSampler” and “Getting to Know JACK (QjackCtl).” There was some confusion because the instructions we were using were really meant for 64 Studio, so some of the terminology was different and of course the screen caps looked a little different as well.  I guess the computer savvy love to write the programs, but are not into creating all the less glamorous support articles or documentation.

The big moment of truth was when I was able to play and record my keyboard. That excitement lasted about 10 minutes, at which time something got really messed up with the sound. Later, after more Google searches, we discovered it is highly discouraged to run Jack and Pulse Audio at the same time. The sound card only supports one. So we were able to listen to a CD on the computer, but lost the ability to listen to the recording I made.

Undo. Can I hit “undo” now?!?!

What am I Thinking!?!?! (My Plans for This Blog)

2011 is going to be quite the year for changes.  I started this year with one of the biggest changes one can make: I moved. Moving from small-town Ohio to the major metropolis of Washington D.C. is just one example of the way things are going to get all turned upside down this year.

I am doing some major soul-searching on the direction of my music career.  What is next for me?

My mac book died. That means my I-am-totally-happy-in-my-comfort-zone studio died with it.  I am about to get really uncomfortable and attempt to put together a new studio in this lovely new house that runs on… Linux. What have I gotten myself into?

Another tour is in the works and this year, it will be a Summer tour. Again, I will be hitting the road with my friend Grace aka Snidget. Last Fall was fun, profitable and a dream come true and I am really looking forward to hitting the road again.

So what can you expect from this blog? An in-depth look into how I plan to wade through all this stuff and all the highs and lows that come with change.

If you are a fan of my music, you will get a glimpse behind the scenes as to how it all comes together.  If you are a musician or just a serious music enthusiast, maybe you will learn something as you watch me figure this all out.  Maybe you are a Linux pro and have recorded countless albums using 64 Studio or some such software and you will be keeping me sane as I attempt not to throw the computer monitor across the room.

I have a lot in store for 2011 and I see this being a very interesting journey. I hope you come along for the ride!