I am a musician getting ready to do some experimenting with Linux-based music programs. I remember my days of using Anvil Studio and Audacity as well as Virtual Instruments on Windows, and I want to give it a try on Linux. Thing is, I'm not just a musician, I'm involved in other creative pursuits to the extent that Ubuntu Studio might be a possible choice.
Now here's the deal. I know about Audacity and SOME Virtual Instrument products (I can't afford an actual synth keyboard.), and I know Ubuntu Studio has these. But I know absolutely nothing about this JACK program (which I've read doesn't seem to work well on a Dell Latitude D620 laptop, which is what I have). What is JACK, and what's it really for? Do I absolutely have to use it in order to record ANY music at all? Is it involved with the Virtual Instrument programs, or can I just use the Virtual Instruments to hammer out and record ideas and save them for later working in Audacity (the program I'm most familiar with)?
I don't want Ubuntu Studio just for the music parts, but for ALL of it--video editing, publishing, the whole shebang.
Will the latest Ubuntu Studio (I believe the Long-Term support version is 12.10) work on my Dell, or shall I just go and get the VM programs that caught my eye in the Ubuntu Software Center and use them on my Quantal Quetzal distro?
Does anyone have any helpful links to tutorials so I can learn how to work with this stuff on my own once I've determined "yay" or "nay" to Ubuntu Studio?
Yeah, I'm something of a noob. But I have so much music and other creative things I want to do that I am willing to give composing via Linux a serious shot--especially since I LOVE Linux and I refuse to go back to Windows unless I am forced to.