[arch-general] Audio distro based on Arch Linux

Rashif Ray Rahman schiv at archlinux.org
Tue Feb 12 09:15:27 EST 2013

On 12 February 2013 20:05, Ralf Mardorf <ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net> wrote:

> Hi :)
> is there an audio distro based on Arch Linux, that already is rawly set
> up for audio studio production.
> Another requirement for me is, that such a distro shouldn't cause or at
> least only less inconsistencies, when using the Arch and AUR
> repositories.
> I suspect http://didjix.blogspot.com isn't intended for audio studios?
> Perhaps I missed an audio distro listed at
> https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Arch_Based_Distributions_%28Active%29
> ;) when I searched for "music" and "audio" on this site.
> If there shouldn't be an audio distro, I'll install a _real_ Arch
> Linux :(, ;).
> Resp., is one of the distros that come with Xfce by default uncritical
> regarding to the used packages (dependency issues)? And will one of
> those distros install not to much services etc. that I would have to
> remove for audio work?
> Regards,
> Ralf
Hello Ralf

I am not aware of anything other than
http://obsoleteaudio.org/software/synthbox as a dedicated audio production
distro. It may be out-of-date, just like http://archaudio.org/ (which is a
packaging project only), and there may be other individual efforts that are
running unnoticed.

For your audio needs, everything is explained in the wiki [1]. Rarely would
you need a separate distro when software is easily accessible through the
official repositories, AUR, and sometimes unofficial repositories (on a
hit-and-miss basis).

And yes, your choice of a full desktop or windowing environment (as a
result of installing a GUI distro) may dictate the kind of performance you
will get from your studio system, but there are other independent factors
as well which are not in the scope of this reply (and I assume you may
already know).

[1] https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Pro_Audio


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