Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
techristian

Building a Linux DAW

Recommended Posts

I was poking around looking for a way to get my Helix FireWire mixer interfaced with Linux and I ran into a series of interesting articles, so I thought that I would share them. Windows 10 will NOT properly Activate on one of my FireWire laptops and I wanted to see what Linux might have to offer. I have also found that Windows 10 runs slowly on my 2 gig of ram dual core Lenovo. ARTICLE HERE > [URL]http://lwn.net/Articles/509958/[/URL] PART 2 [url]http://lwn.net/Articles/510046/[/url] dan Edited by techristian

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The biggest obstacle you're going to encounter (I sense that you feel pretty confident with Linux) is getting Firewire in and out. Those articles didn't address that. Nothing "comes with" a Linux driver, some kind soul has to develop it. The FFADO project is the storehouse for those, (ffado.org), and it looks like you might be in luck as a couple of models of the Phonix Helix (I'm guessing that's the Helix you have) are listed as "reported to work."

 

Get the ffado support package, get a copy of Ardour, and see how much of a pain it is to get working. If it looks like it'll work for you, spend the $40 on the Harrison Mixbus software. They recently introduced Version 3 (I have Version 2) and it keeps looking more and more like a mixer that you record with, which I like a whole lot. Harrison was a long time supporter of Ardour (they use it in some of their large format digital consoles and it's the base for Mixbus), and, unlike a lot of software designers, they know how a console is supposed to work. The track/editing view is just a mildly tweaked Ardour user interface, but the mixer is more like the real thing than most.

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...