i only used the 256 and mlrv for the show, quite the minimal setup.
Before that, i used the 256 running mlrv or mlr2.51 and on the 64 insanity triggering effects in ableton. The problem is, i don’t own a ableton license anymore, but want to have a similar setup.
I can always use logic and pages for producing, but i want to have everything covered in one daw, because i don’t want to draw a line between producing and live gigs.
hope that makes sense.
Had a setup years ago with linux2.6 & ardour2 that was absolutely rock solid - never saw it crash or do anything dumb, even running flat out 98% cpu <1ms latency or something stupid…
Currently running ardour4 at ~ 4ms latency on a desktop it’s pretty stable, though I have seen occasional weirdness with daily use for months. The challenge for live gig setup with ardour is always going to be getting decent portable linux setup. You have to go nuts with realtime kernel, tuning interrupts etc to get everything tweaked up right.
Maybe a thinkpad would do the job, otherwise for low-latency, high stability I would advise against usb audio interface + linux/jack. Pretty fraught with problems tuning for reliability below 30ms or so, then weird bugs like audio latency not being consistent when you restart jack ughh!
Well it’s all free software, so if you have a lot of time to mess around with linux at least you can try setting up a working system on whatever hardware you currently own. But don’t go into it unless you feel an the urge to tinker with your computer. Probs best to just buy something if messing with computers doesn’t feel like an end in itself…
oh yeah I forget you can probably run a jack/ardour setup on mac without installing linux. Never tried it though. Never owned thunderbolt or Mac though yeah from what I hear, much more fit-for-purpose than USB for RT audio…
the reason behind all this is that i want to step down from acquiring new gear/software and just find a setup where i can enjoy making music and not getting lost in possibilities.
When i prepared for the gig i really rediscovered the monome for me and its perfect tactile and visual interaction with the music/samples.
synesthesia for the poor
indeed, there has been a “golden age of linux audio” ten years ago, the pure:dyne distro with the 2.6.? rt kernel made an audio setup more solid than any other ever since. The only showstopper was an overheating CPU
Bloat has taken over the world since then…
As for a DAW for live as well as producing… maybe Renoise, or any other 3rd gen tracker ? I remember having had fun improvising with Jeskola Buzz, as well as spending hours producing tracks in it. (On the more expensive side, Usine might be interesting).
There’s also Integra Live, totally free, and you can import pure data Patches inside. I never took quite the grasp of it because my old macbook can’t run the newest version and the old one can be quite buggy, but it looks like a cool piece of software.