Thanks for the advice, i had already come accross that utility today after my post, as well as another one (can’t remember the name)
I think what i shall do is use Jacks to route from vkybd (virtual keyboard) into a vst software such as pro-53, then the audio from that into a stereo track in Ardour.
For my drums i think i will route from vkybd, through pluggo 74, then into something like Rosegarden to record the midi, while at the same time routing and recording into Ardour as an actively monitored channel…maybe somehow:/
Question; Is it possible to record in both Ardour and Rosegarden at the same time? Will one or the other continue to run in the background, completly in sync?
Finding work around’s and fixes are the norm for me, as i usually like to route and fly between apps. I’m just hoping that these extra programs with Wine wont be a major slow down.
One of the primary factors for me wanting to switch, is my impression that Linux is less of a system hog. Windows is driving me crazy, i adore the community approach to linux, and the choice of software.
Which brings me to a couple of questions, I am having a little difficulty deciding upon a suitable distro, and a desktop model. At first i thought maybe fedora 5 with KDE, then maybe Ubuntu with Gnome or even maybe Kubunu. It’s all quite confusing though, it’s hard to settle just on one.
My laptop is Intel Centrino 4 1.6 with 512mb of RAM. I’ve heard that the latest versions of KDE and GNOME are quite bulky, which made me look at xfce. The information out there about Linux is great, but there is really a little too much! It’s hard to make a clear decision with so much choice.
For now, I’m going to give Musix .99 live CD a try, so that i can get a feel for Ardour and Linux in general.
I did install mandrake many years ago, on an old 286 and then 386, but didn’t really use it a whole lot.
Is there a release that is slimmed down for laptop use, that would allow me to run mainly sound editing software, but also a word processing and cd burning application.
I would appreciate any thoughts you, or anyone else may have to offer.