Hello Christopher

I hope you don't mind me making a couple of comments to your proposal...

The most important sequencer is Qtractor - despite Rui's cautionary notes it's a very solid  and advanced app that allows you to work with both midi and audio.  Rosegarden is perhaps interesting from a historical approach but it's midi only.

You noted that you can not escape Pulseaudio in Fedora - you certainly can! Simply remove everything except the pulseaudio-libs... Your PC will feel like it's turbo-charged after you done this!

Synthesizers? Yoshimi - the best sounding synth I know. Phasex - very clean sound. Alsa Modular Synth - fun.

Typesetting AriaMaestosa

One overlooked but very important aspect when creating a pro-audio spin of a distro is to set up common directory locations for plug-ins and make sure that all apps automatically point to them.

The two areas that need a lot of effort and code changes is multiple sound cards and getting all apps to work on x86_64 (lib64 savvy).

Regards, Simon

PS: Versions...

AriaMaestosa.x86_64             1.2.1-1
ams.x86_64                      2.0.1-2
phasex.x86_64                   0.12.0-0.2                        
qtractor.x86_64                 0.4.5svn1517-2
yoshimi.x86_64                  0.055.3-1

Am 14.05.2010 22:21, schrieb Christopher Antila:
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Last week, I sent an introductory message, about the Fedora Summer
Coding project that I'm proposing. The proposal is almost finished (see
it online at
but some serious work remains.

The most important part still remaining is that I need a mentor! I
would really like to have somebody from Fedora and Planet CCRMA, because
of the opportunities it would allow. This co-mentoring possibility has
been approved in principal by the Fedora Summer Coding SIG, and they
also recommend it for this particular proposal.

The responsibilities for a mentor from the Audio Creation SIG would
probably be like these:
- -helping sort through existing documentation to derive a 'recommended
practice' for optimizing Fedora PCs for audio work
- -giving tips on installing and using audio software
- -assist in getting algorithms tested on hardware that I don't have (esp.
multiple sound cards, including FireWire, and external MIDI devices)
- -assist in determining the success or failure of the project as a whole,
which determines whether I get paid

I can't say for sure, but this is my best guess. You can contact the
Fedora Summer Coding people for more information, or see the wiki page,
available at

Thank you for considering my proposal. Any comments that you may have
are welcome!

Christopher Antila.
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