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Thread: New computer for musical purposes

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    New computer for musical purposes

    So, basically, within the last year, I've gone from a focus on computers to a focus on my music... but i'm still interested in linux.

    Anyways, I need a computer for recording and i want it to be a linux box.I dont want to do a mac because I love the programs Hydrogen and Ardour. I am probable going to build it myself, but i have a few questions-

    OS - What is a good distro. I have good technical knowledge of most things linux. I was thinking maybe Gentoo? (I know this is a ubuntu forum, but last i checked, Ardour and Jack didnt agree with ubuntu)

    Hardware - I don't know too much about recording, so i was wondering what special features are needed in a sound card for recording?

    What hardware parts do i need to look out for as being non-linux-friendly?

    What hardware parts do i need to look for as being linux-friendly?

    When im pricing stuff out on newegg, how do i tell if it burns both DVDs and CD's? What's a 'combo drive'?

    What is a 'card reader'? Will i need one?

    How much RAM and processor speed do you think i would need for this use?

    I will post more questions as i get them, because i know that isnt all of them... thank you for your help.
    Last edited by Specialsauce; December 3rd, 2006 at 05:48 PM.
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    Re: New computer for musical purposes


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    Re: New computer for musical purposes

    I suggest moving this thread to the Ubuntu Studio forum, as the people who post there are much more knowledgeable about this topic.

    I also think you should invest in a good sound card.
    But I mean no harm nor put fault
    On anyone that lives in a vault
    But it's alright, Ma, if I can't please him.

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