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soundcheck 19th March 2010 12:20 PM

Linux Audio

Why a Linux Audio Wiki at DIY-Audio?

As we all DIY enthusiasts know, building your own stuff or tweaking what's out there to get the best achievable quality out of it, can be a pretty challenging though satisfying journey.
Linux I'd consider a tweakers paradise. Its openness allows you to do anything with that system - depending on your competence level of course.
As DIY enthusiasts we are not limited to any constraints and limitations that commercial products won't ever get around.
We are able to build solutions, which 100% meet our needs.

At least for me I can say, I don't experience more satisfaction then sitting in front of my self-made audio system. Commercial systems just bore me to death.

The good news, I consider Linux no longer a hackers paradise. It still has its limitations - yes. Though there are Linux distributions, which will easily manageable by a Microsoft Windows or OSX convert, without generating frustration after 5 minutes.
By choosing a Linux system you choose an operating system, which is able to challenge anything else out there in terms of soundquality delivered by a PC.

However - to squeeze most out of a Linux installation, it still needs some hacking. That's why you are here. You'll manage - I promise.

I am not aware of any place on the internet, where you'll find a rather comprehensive collection of Linux-Audio related topics.
I hope you'll find some interesting information over here. I try to be as precise as possible, so that even Linux beginners are able to follow what's described.

The success of a Wiki or any guide is based on its reliability. I consider it a real challenge to accomplish this reliability - and as important - to maintain it - over time.
That's why you're all invited to contribute to these pages and/or to report problems or missing or unclear descriptions.

As it is with all Wiki's, I consider this page Work In Progress.

Many of the described topics and recommendations will be based on my personal knowledge, preferences, experiences and opinions - I'd really appreciate, if you'd contribute your own findings to the Wiki.

Note1: Most of the information will refer to Debian based systems, such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint. Though many of the information can also be applied to other Linux systems with slight adaptations.
Note2: I prepared a kind of template - see Miscellaneous - if you like to contribute I'd appreciate if you could use that one as far as possible. If you modify a page please leave a note at the changelogs on each if the pages.

Enjoy. Let's get started. :D


P.S: Feedback: You can PM me or you can meet me in the Linux Audio - The way to Go Thread.


General Topics

Linux - An Introduction to Linux and Linux Audio -TBD

Operating System Related Topics

Linux - Operating System Setup And Tweaks - TBD
Linux - Kernel Setup And Tweaks - TBD
Linux - Alsa Soundlayer - TBD
Linux - Audio and Networking - TBD
Linux - Backup your valuable data - TBD

Player , Server , Clients, Tools

Linux - Basic Tasks And Tools - TBD
Linux - Format And Format Conversions - TBD
Linux - Squeezebox Setup and Tweaks - TBD
Linux - Music Player Daemon - TBD
Linux - Brutefir Convolution And FIR filtering - TBD

Linux - Audio Device and Hardware Support - Tips and Tricks

General PC Hardware Tweaks - TBD
Linux - Audio Device Guides - TBD


Linux - soundcheck's Command Line player - the 30 minutes project
Linux - VortexBox - TBD


Linux Audio Link Collection - TBD
Linux Audio Wiki Template - TBD


19-03-2011:soundcheck:setup of initial Linux Audio Wiki structure

UnixMan 22nd March 2010 06:04 PM


Is there a way to recover some text from the old wiki? there was the "article" about DAE (digital audio extraction) on Linux which I believe would be worth keeping in the new wiki too...

dshambala 22nd March 2010 06:57 PM

Perhaps a brief synopsis?
Got my interest


UnixMan 22nd March 2010 07:10 PM

well, I first wrote that WiKi page to explain how to install and use "EAC" (a well known windows freeware) on Linux using "wine".

That was before the release of cdparanoia III release 10.2 (September 11, 2008), as the previous releases had the infamous "drive cache bug" which prevented it from working properly on some (unfortunately most modern) drives.

Since that release, cdparanoia and the various interfaces which use it are (again) the best & recommended way to do DAE on Linux (nevertheless, you can still use EAC if you want).

keantoken 14th August 2010 02:42 AM

I would also like some idea how to get a MIDI synth working for Linux. *ducks*

Actually, MIDI works pretty well for electronic instruments and renditions of classical music (anyone heard of "switched on Bach?"). The known MIDI guides for Linux are many years out of date.

- keantoken

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