[Herts] Anyone got a spare KVM switch?

David Honour thegoatee at tiscali.co.uk
Sun Jun 21 06:52:55 UTC 2009

My distro for audio work is gentoo, it seems to do a pretty good job.
You will need the pro-audio overlay but that takes no time to add.

To help the latency you could start jack manually with this:
jackd -p 512
that should help reduce your latency. Another thing to consider
is your sample rate when recording, you may want your sound
card at 44.1kHz not 48 because otherwise you just fill your hdd up
and use your processor resources to no real purpose since it is too
fast for cd.

If you want to use it for sampling though faster is better.

Also for an alternative to qjackctl I use patchage (just in case you
aren't a kde fan), the only significant difference is that you have to
start jack manually (as above).

You may also want to try using Ardour for your multitracking, it's just
that bit more specialist (and it also seems to run faster).

Hope that isn't too confusing,

On Sat, 20 Jun 2009 16:58:39 +0100
Steve Clark <steve at bagofspoons.net> wrote:

> I'm thinking of setting up a separate PC just for audio work, but
> want to use the monitor and keyboard on the main PC to save space. I
> used to have a switch, but foolishly got rid of it a couple of years
> back. So does anyone have one lying around that they don't need?
> I'm also interested in suggestions on a good distro to use for audio
> work. There are a fair few out there. I want something that is going
> to have things like a real time kernel and make it easy to set up
> Jack. My main PC has some audio issues generally. I tried some
> multi-tracking in Audacity yesterday and got terrible latency that
> put the tracks out of sync.
> Cheers

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