[PlanetCCRMA] More NEWBIE stuff: soundfonts, ardour, rosegarden, etc.

Richard K. Ingalls ringalls@glenwood.k12.mo.us
Wed Nov 17 09:28:02 2004

I have an old Dell XPS 1000b (Pentium 3, 1Ghz, 256 RAM, 40 Gb HDD 
@7200rpm) as my audio box.  Currently, I run Windows ME, Audacity and 
Sonar 2.2XL.  BUT, I really would rather run all OpenSource software...  
I use Sonar for it's soundfont support (I have a SoundBlaster Live!).  I 
use Audacity to "tweak" my .wav files before burning to CD.  I have 
ProTools (free version), but find that Sonar and Audacity work just fine 
for me.

My needs are to work with:
- soundfonts on my SB Live! card (I have close to 1Gb of .sf2 files)
- USB MIDI interface from Edirol 
- Kurzweil SP88 MIDI keyboard
- line & mic in/outs via Delta 66 (w/Omni studio box)
- line & mic in/outs via SoundBlaster USB box

I use soundfonts for most of the music.  I record some guitars and 
vocals.  But most everything is MIDI and soundfonts...

I've tried using CCRMA on Red Hat 8.0, but setting up the applications 
got me dazed and confused really quickly.  I just want to make music and 
I don't want to be anchored to Microsoft.  Where are the "hold my hand" 
HOW-TO's?  What applications do I really need to accomplish my goals?

Thanks for any help you may provide to me.  Otherwise, I'm still 
anchored to M$ (which is a big deal since I'm such a proponent of OSS at 
my work!).

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Glenwood R-8 School District
West Plains, MO

email..ringalls (at) glenwood.k12.mo.us

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