[Ardour-Users] The future for Linux multimedia looks bright

Ben Powers bennyp at out-of-order.ca
Mon Dec 22 09:38:43 PST 2008

I'm going to be upgrading soon, and I'm deciding beween an apple and a
dell/linux laptop. I do lots of movie sound tracking etc, so key
considerations are format and codec compatibility. Is there a major lack of
compatibility for various esoteric codecs, etc on linux nowadays?

Benny Powers
bennyp at out-of-order.ca

On Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 2:40 AM, Joe Kokosa <hotguac at comcast.net> wrote:

> I think the future of multimedia production using open source software
> is indeed bright.  I've been dabbling with Ardour, Jack, Hydrogen, and
> other open source audio software for a few years and I am amazed at the
> progress in both functionality and stability.  All the contributors and
> especially the lead developers deserve nothing but respect and
> appreciation for their time and hard work.
> I started on four and then eight track analog reel-to-reel tape machines
> in the early 1990's for five years when I owned and engineered a small
> for-hire project studio in my basement.
> Now, with Ardour and other open source software and good techniques and
> sub-mixing, I've been able to produce some fairly decent (with my
> amateurish playing) tracks on some pretty modest gear - a 2.4G P4
> machine with a Delta 66 interface.
> I also have 20+ years supporting myself doing programming and other IT
> support.  In my IT role I know not to upgrade a production software
> system without thorough testing first.  If a new release doesn't work,
> you should be prepared to roll it back or reinstall - open source or
> paid-for proprietary.
> Is anyone on the list using Ardour and other open source software in a
> commercial for-hire studio?  If so, what kind of hardware are you using
> and how many inputs and tracks?
> Also, how do others handle upgrading to new releases?
> Joe Kokosa (recently joined the list)
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