Topic: Desperate to move away from Mac and Windows

I am trying to move all my music production to linux but it is very difficult.

There is no vendor of ready made pc linux systems specifically for audio / music.

Thunderbolt audio interfaces are in many ways the best solution, but there are no audio interface vendors that support linux for thunderbolt. PCIe, is almost as bad.

VST vendors also for the most part refuse to support linux.

So we users are trapped. Please help us.

Lack of linux support is keeping me from purchasing your hardware even though I know it is the best. I am sure I am not alone.

Re: Desperate to move away from Mac and Windows

GNU/Linux is very DIY as you've found out. But with great power gives great opportunity and I guess responsibility.

So, that said, KX Studio has been the most recommended distro. However, falkTX's on a break and only provides repos and some software at the current point in time. Not a full distro. Things will come easier after awhile, play on a spare laptop/computer and things will be easier.

A distro is like an OS but it's just a version of Linux. And most popular distros are based on Debian. That is, Ubuntu and also KXStudio (the distro not currently available). That is where I'd start if I was at the beginning.

All Class Compliant USB audio devices work well. RME has CC mode devices but I'm not clear on what functionality has been removed for this to be available. Behringer USB work well on Linux as they don't require special modes to work (don't need to set parameters on Win/Mac) and believe it or not don't sound bad. Fireface 400/800 are working and UCX has a kernel entry but if you're not familiar with Linux I'd stay away from firewire devices for now.

Hope this helps


Re: Desperate to move away from Mac and Windows

I have been using Linux and UNIX for more than 15 years. I conclude Linux is less annoying than Windows for many things but for two things WIndows will remain superior, audio and video.

There are no widely available highres music players for Linux. Linux sound system can have many pieces in the way and it is very hard to diagnose problems like downsampling and other mangling of music between your player and some USB device. I think there is no advantage to Linux for audio or video and it's not worth trying.

In my case I bought a small quiet PC (Lenovo M710Q) and on it I have Tidal and Deezer desktop apps and foobar2000. With this I have official driver support for my Oppo, Audiolab, FiiO, Chord, etc. and everything works fantastic. I can also use these devices on Linux but no driver support and I can't get bit-perfect or high bit rate DSD.

Re: Desperate to move away from Mac and Windows


A decade ago I would have agreed with you about audio on linux. Today, I'm happily running Reaper on Lubuntu. ALSA with Jack is rock solid. I'm sure if you throw unknown average hardware at it, you'll run into problems. For me, it was the first install for audio that will be used. Previous tests always ended in despair.

I've been running Debian and BSD since like, forever. Command line only, no audio.

The next hurdle is testing the FF400 with Lubuntu. Firewire & audio worked out of the box with Linux. FW audio didn't work with Windows before. That was the reason the laptop was dumped by it's previous owner.

I guess I'll still be stuck with a Mac, as bridge, for a while. If only RME would release TotalMix for Linux...

The end goal is running Reaper 24/7 on a Raspberry Pi with a touch screen. 8 inputs, 8 outputs over USB 1.1.