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KVRAF
8042 posts since 6 Oct, 2004

Post Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:25 am

Using wine-staging 4.2, (there is a repo available from
the wineHQ website)
all of my Native Instruments products
work well enough. With the wine-staging 5.0 and newer,
Raum and MassiveX are having what appears to be xml and gui
related failures. As newer NI apps, with some gui scaling tech,
they probably need wine devs to snoop around a bit
to restore functionality.
(wine staging is experimental, so it's good to have
your synaptic package manager configured to keep downloaded
packages in it's cache (/var/cache/apt/archives )
for backup purposes, and keep access to lucky versions
for later manual installations using dpkg -i )

IK products also work, although in one setup,
the new SampleTank 4 CS, is limited to loading sounds
in separate instances without touching the gui,
while SampleTank 3 and libs work fine. :dog:

new wine is out: https://www.winehq.org/announce/5.5

Think I'll roll the dice again :scared: :hihi:

KVRAF
8042 posts since 6 Oct, 2004

Post Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:35 am

As long as the wayback machine is running, I loaded the
old but amazing Oatmeal synth in linux reaper, with wine-staging
5.5 newly installed under the hood. It has a great randomizer that can crank out a diverse array of usable sounds in minutes. I had a dozen in
around 20 minutes. I have the lime-flavors skin on my Oatmeal, if memory serves correctly (there are quite a few nice skins):
Oatmeal-skinned.png
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KVRAF
8042 posts since 6 Oct, 2004

Post Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:32 am

gmaq, the AVLinux creator, has a new release, and at first
glance, it's awesome :hyper:
Many listed details in his announcement topic:

https://linuxmusicians.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=21284

Avlinux website: http://www.bandshed.net/avlinux/

Windows users can easily create a bootable usbstick using
an app called rufous:

https://rufus.ie/

KVRer
9 posts since 1 Dec, 2011

Post Sat Apr 11, 2020 5:36 am

Hello,

if anybody owns an Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol MK2 keyboard and wants to use it on Linux, you may check out the qKontrol project, which is finally hosted on Github:

Link

Image

With the software, you may

* split the keyboard in various zones with different MIDI channels and lightguide LED colors
* configure the MIDI parameters send by all the knobs, buttons and sliders
* create various preset files and toggle them using the preset buttons
* watch for values and other information on the two LCD displays
* remote-control Bitwig Studio if the OSC plugin by Moss is installed in Bitwig

For a link to the project website look at the beginning of this posting! If you are looking for an installable Ubuntu package, look at the Release page there!
Do you want to use NI Komplete Kontrol MK2 controllers on Linux? Then check out the qKontrol project.

KVRAF
8042 posts since 6 Oct, 2004

Post Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:18 am

Cakewalk By Bandlab daw is running in
Ubuntu Studio 19.10
wine-staging 5.6
wineasio from KX Studio repository
Cakewalk-linux.jpg
Some wine overrides were installed
for other purposes, and I don't know if one or more
helped. Did a quick basic test of SampleTank and Syntronik,
working well at basic level...there may be people here
who started computer-based music-making with Cakewalk
ages ago in win 98/XP. It is now maintained and upgraded
quite often by 'Bandlab', who have an 'Assistant' utility that
installs and updates the daw, and has links to the
Bandlab music collaboration community. There is a weird
vertical-line graphic gotcha from the Assistant's gui. Might vanish
if Bandlab Assistant is taken out of wine's startup list.

The installer asks if you want Melodyne,
and pops up an error or two while installing,
but they don't stop the process.
...and the Cakewalk daw costs no money, just some
patience. Details details. Love the IK Nylon Guitar sounds
:hyper:
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KVRAF
8042 posts since 6 Oct, 2004

Post Fri Apr 17, 2020 9:43 am

falkTX is now maintaining wineasio, and there was a recent release
in his KX-studio repository, that appears to have helped the above
success testing a Cakewalk daw.

Once wineasio was installed, I ran two commands:
wine64 regsvr32 wineasio
wine regsvr32 wineasio

Success of the 'registration' will be reported in the terminal.
Then when choosing the asio driver in a daw preferences panel,
wineasio should be available, and successful.

https://kx.studio/News/?action=view&url ... ruary-2020

In the long run, a well maintained wineasio
in a winehq wine-staging may lead to more people who are used to
windows setups, deciding to test a few favorite softwares in a linux.
A very high percentage of plugins that run in the windows version
of Reaper in wine will also wrap successfully using LinVst,
for use in various linux daws.
Cheers

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KVRAF
2979 posts since 19 Apr, 2002 from Utah

Post Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:02 pm

Good info!! :tu:
C/R, dongles & other intrusive copy protection equals less-control & more-hassle for consumers. Company gone-can’t authorize. Limit to # of auths. Instability-ie PACE. Forced internet auths. THE HONEST ARE HASSLED, NOT THE PIRATES.

KVRAF
8042 posts since 6 Oct, 2004

Post Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:27 pm

Had some time for experiments, so tried
windows reaper in wine, in Studio 1337 V3.2 distro,
using wasapi mode, no asio driver, I was able to use my
regular range of windows plugins, and record OK. 1337 has
a fine RT kernel for audio work.
It's always nice to have alternative setups
to rely on.

I also added a Ubuntu Studio 20.04 on a spare
partition, and it's pretty much a new improved
version after 19.10, which I use often. I've learned
some solutions to various niggles, that would make
Dilbert cringe and blush. But forward at any price,
put the latest slice of humble pie in the walk-in freezer
stacked high with the rest of them :scared:
Then hit the record button hard and often :hyper:
Cheers

KVRAF
8042 posts since 6 Oct, 2004

Post Sat Jun 13, 2020 4:00 pm

Gmaq's AVLinux recently had a new release, find at

Avlinux website: http://www.bandshed.net/avlinux/

Windows users can easily create a bootable usbstick from
the iso download using an app called rufous:

https://rufus.ie/

I used a 16 gig usbstick for a test install, and found AVL very well
rigged for audio work. I copied my linux and windows reaper
folders and configs, my linux u-he folders, and a dozen vsts,
and was ready to record. It comes with LinVst, wine 4.7,
and a full range of linux audio software, even a Mixbus 6 demo,
so a 32gig or larger stick is a good choice, an SSD in a usb docking case
will be it's new home soon.

For tests with linux reaper, I loaded Hive2, four Synth1 instances,
and Fathom V233, and quite happy that everything
is quickly in musical working order.
AVLinux-linux-Reaper-Synth1.png

The kernel is

5.4.28avl2-lowlatency #22 SMP PREEMPT

AVL is built in Debian 10, the iso download is 3.2 gig,
and synaptic package manager allowed easy
removal of things I don't use, and has the current
kx studio repositories enabled, giving access to many
newest versions of popular apps and plugins. So you get
hydrogen, drumgizmo, avl kits, tons of Guitarix gear,
surge/zyn/yoshimi/calf/helm, amsynth, linux-sampler, ardour...
effects galore, yada yada yada...all sitting at the ready,
and debian 10 repos to add things less audio-centric.

AVL xfce gui arrives with 4 desktops, lots of gui transparency settings,
and the panel/favorites choices are easy to sort out.
This will be a nice companion for Studio 1337 and Ubuntu Studio,
and having several working distros safeguards against
ecspairrimunts ghawn awriii, and helps with back-up duties.
Always a record button within easy reach, so wearing
the paint off them all brings good luck :hyper:

You can also boot/test from a burned dvd,
when prompted, the username is isotester, password is avl64,
and root password is avl64admin
Cheers
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KVRAF
8042 posts since 6 Oct, 2004

Post Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:53 pm

https://www.pclinuxos.com/forum/index.p ... c=152941.0

First post has a link to an Enlightenment based pclinuxos distro, latest version of 'E' and modules, kernel 5.7.6, in a 'light' 1.4 gig iso, boots to a menu with options to run live, install, and several others.

It's an rpm based distro, with synaptic package manger, so a few items may need to be aquired from suse, fedora, or converted from deb to rpm using the alien command.

For audio, the repository has quitarix, yoshimi/zynaddsubfx, calf-plugins, rakarrack multi-effects, qjackctl, qtractor daw, audacity, timemachine (recorder), wine V4 and a full range of linux apps. It is rare when someome releases such an E based distro, in latest newest bestest form. If you want to save your mouse muscles, E is extremely flexible and user-friendly, with a plethora of config options and a thorough gui for extended perfection sessions. It comes with a custom theme, and many others are available.

It also has the very easiest/most powerful gui for partitioning drives for use in linux. Worth having the dvd just for that purpose.
These E releases have been arriving for years from the same compiler, nik 'Only Human', but this will likely be the best one.
Cheers

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KVRAF
2979 posts since 19 Apr, 2002 from Utah

Post Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:19 pm

Cool! I like it when there are more distros! More distros=more choice!! :-D
C/R, dongles & other intrusive copy protection equals less-control & more-hassle for consumers. Company gone-can’t authorize. Limit to # of auths. Instability-ie PACE. Forced internet auths. THE HONEST ARE HASSLED, NOT THE PIRATES.

KVRAF
8042 posts since 6 Oct, 2004

Post Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:30 pm

Caldera Linux came from your neck of the woods, a lot of history, mystery, and intrigue in the story. Could be a cool netflix thriller, someday! I remember being blown away
the first week I used it. Soon, the hunt for doorstop manuals became a ritual,
and distros started multiplying, even Corel got on board . But the Linux Format mag
that had a coverdisc with pclinuxos was a breath of fresh air, fast, stable, sensible,
and easy on the eyes. The multi-multi-paned Konqueror filemanager was a great
feature in the old KDE (still alive and modern, called Trinity).

Ubuntu Studio devs discovered the resource hog in KDE land,
or at least have defeated it, and their next release will move to that system,
but at full speed ahead :hyper:
Cheers

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KVRAF
2979 posts since 19 Apr, 2002 from Utah

Post Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:56 am

Yeah, if memory serves, Caldera was backed by Microsoft at the time and tried to destroy Linux with patent claims that were eventually overturned. It's been a while, but I believe that is the lineage of Caldera. :-)
C/R, dongles & other intrusive copy protection equals less-control & more-hassle for consumers. Company gone-can’t authorize. Limit to # of auths. Instability-ie PACE. Forced internet auths. THE HONEST ARE HASSLED, NOT THE PIRATES.

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KVRAF
6843 posts since 18 Apr, 2004

Post Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:25 am

audiojunkie wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:19 pm
More distros=more choice!! :-D
Am I weird for thinking that your desktop environment matters much more than your distro?

audiojunkie wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:56 am
Yeah, if memory serves
Apparently memory does not serve you…
audiojunkie wrote:Caldera was backed by Microsoft at the time
That'd be SuSE.
audiojunkie wrote:and tried to destroy Linux with patent claims that were eventually overturned.
That'd be SCO.

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KVRAF
2979 posts since 19 Apr, 2002 from Utah

Post Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:29 am

You're not weird at all. :-) And yes, you are correct that it was SCO (which has ties with Novell and Caldera).
C/R, dongles & other intrusive copy protection equals less-control & more-hassle for consumers. Company gone-can’t authorize. Limit to # of auths. Instability-ie PACE. Forced internet auths. THE HONEST ARE HASSLED, NOT THE PIRATES.

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