I've been spending a lot of time on the #opensourcemusicians channel
talking to Ubuntu Studio users about their kernel and latency times they're
getting. Seems like most of them are using g a stock kernel with the
preemptive option enabled and they are getting great latency results
(2ms)while utilizing the @audio group on their user. I ended up compiling
my own low latency kernel and I haven't had any issues with it yet. If this
is what we are missing for the spin I'd be happy to maintain packaging for
the kernel. I know ccrma has been behind a few kernel releases.
I saw the instructions for adding the real time patch for a tick less
kernel and from what I can tell it wouldn't be hard to get that rolling as
I'm not entirely sure what ccrma does differently with their kernels
compared to other Linux users, and I'm still a bit of a noob so I could be
off base with this, but I would reason that we should be able to just
utilize the same settings to archive similar performance enhancements.
I thought I read that ccrma uses a unique scheduler, but if we could get a
2ms latency time without it, the point may be moot.
Hey, I know I've mentioned this before, but I want to start working on it
now: I would really like to do a community recording project. Non-musicians
you can still have some input here with production and mastering (mixing).
Largely It would be something that Fedora could use for other videos, or
ambassadors could use as background music for the booths.
Issues to tackle:
1 - Scope:
My thoughts for the project is that the the entire project would be
recorded and mastered on Fedora. Personally if someone has an effect that
doesn't meet the Fedora Packaging standards, or they're using software from
planet ccrma, or have their own samples, I don't care. I think the major
thing is that it was done/recorded on Fedora. Thoughts?
Might be cool if we have contributors do screencasts for part of their
portion of the project as promo material for the spin.
2 - Track Lists:
There is a few issues here... Personally I think instrumental music is
going to be best since Vocals can be tough to do, plus when people take
issue with songs it has something to do with vocals. Doesn't mean we can't
do it, it's just raises the standard in someways.
There's also an issue with copyright... Technically according to "Free Use"
(actual legal term) we can cover any song as long as we don't pay for
anything, or sell anything. (don't see how that'll be an issue)
But what's best is if anyone has any music that they've written themselves.
Style-wise I like Jazz (or Jazz-ish) Particularly since we could have an
extended Solo section. If we have lots of people that play odd instruments
(accordion, saw, oboe, band instruments, ect) we can have them be part of
the project with an 8 bar solo.
Doesn't mean we can't do a metal song or something epic, if someone has
written something. What are you passionate about having in a recording?
Folk music is also good since most of that was written pre 1922 and is
public domain. I'm looking for specifics, s if you got thomething throw it
3 - Album Name (or E.P. name)
All I thought of Jam and Jelly. Suggestions?
4 - Remixes
Tracks (since we'll have them) would be easy to remixes and could add an
extra track or two
5 - Orchestration and Musicians
I'm all for having this project as a democracy. If we have two guitarists,
have them both submit tracks and we can vote on if we want to use one or
the other, or both. Large part of this decision is on what tracks we move
forward with, but at the minimum I play guitar and have access to good
drummers and a bassist. So if someone else has a song, with bare-bones
orchestration we can make this work.