Advice wanted: building a Linux audio/music station on LFS

Jeremy Henty jeremy at chaos.org.uk
Mon Jun 20 17:21:59 PDT 2005


Hi folks, I was wondering if any of you had tips on building an LFS
system for serious music/audio composing/editing work.  I'll also be
pinging alsa-dev etc. for help but I'd appreciate your input too.  I'm
a long-time happy LFS 4.1 user and I've already decided the next
system will be LFS 6.x come what may.  I'll be getting new hardware so
I am free to choose whatver sound card etc. is best supported.

My cunning plan is:

 * buy the hardware 
 * boot off Knoppix 3.6 
 * build LFS 6.1 
 * install the sound infrastructure:
   alsa, jack, timidity (if necessary) 
 * install utilities: 
   probably seq24, muse, etc., etc. 
 * ??? 
 * Profit!  (Or settle for fun!)  

Pitfalls I see are getting hardware that is fully supported and
getting the low-latency and realtime stuff working in 2.6 .  2.6.12
has merged the realtime rlimits parches, so I plan to go with that
(bleeding edge I know, but I'd like to get the official solution
working if at all possible).  There have also been issues with NPTL,
though I don't know is that's still a problem.

Finally, I want surround-sound.  I'm looking forward to crapping my
pants in terror inside Doom 3.

Thanks in advance for any help, 

Jeremy



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