Getting into Music and Audio

I’ve started playing the piano and am wanting to dabble into song recording, mixing, music apps, synth apps, etc. I am completely new to it all. I picked up a music bundle at Humble Bundle that included Mixcraft 8 and 9 and was thinking of installing that to start with. Unfortunately, its Windows only so looks like I will need Wine.

Are there any musicians on here who can recommend their setups and what to install to get everything up and running smoothly. This is my first adventure into music and audio, so I really appreciate the help.


Depends on your use case…

I use Bitwig as a native linux daw…there are others (Reaper , Ardour, etc…) - For running windows VST’s

You may or may not want to set up Jack (with something like or qjacktl)

If you don’t need what jack brings, you can just stick with ALSA or pulse (but I find Pipewire to do better if your game)

I believe soon pipewire will be the easiest method…but if your stressing things with Jack perhaps it is not quite there (from teh commit pace it will be soon).

Free synths like Surge and Vital are good for a start and have linux native versions


Thanks for the quick reply. I think I will start with one of the Linux Native apps, since I want to spend time actually recording and mixing and not a ton of time trying to get it to work. Bitwig looks nice, but is a bit out of my price range as I am just starting.

Yeah Bitwig is nice, epsecially for experimental/electronic stuff.

Something like Ardour, lmms, Reaper , Zrythm etc are probably worth looking into.

There is also VCV rack and a number of free synths in the arch repos

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Thank you. I am gonna give Ardour a go to start with and see how that goes. Will also check out the synths. VCV looks pretty cool, though I don’t pretend to understand what they all do

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Have fun! :slight_smile:

I also think Ardour would be a good fit. I know there is a learning curve when it comes to this stuff.

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If you do any audio work, you will soon find PulseAudio to be woefully inadequate. In fact, it’s utter rubbish, the moment you try something more complicated than watching YouTube videos.

Your options, as mentioned above, are Jack and Pipewire.

Pipewire is much simpler to use, as it does not require any setup, just install it and pipewire-pulse.

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Here is a good starting point with jack / pro-audio:

I personally use Renoise (which ir proprietary, but native Linux) it’s an old-school tracker! :partying_face:

You can make some crazy programming in there like that

or that

or whatever else :upside_down_face:

Also i use loads and loads of VST through Wine and LinVST + LinVstManager :slight_smile:


Oh, and someday you’ll become him :rofl:


Never used tracker style… don’t know much about em is this what happens?

I do hear that trackers have/had great modifiers/logic for each step ala elektron style sequencing
. Bitwig just added soemthing like that called operators.

I’m just too lazy for ‘regular’ daw sequencing…I either jam it live… or put it together in a way where it does it self…

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Yeah pretty much, it’s perfect for drum programming in my opinion - you can easily do all sorts of crazy stuff when / if you need precision.

But technically it’s just sequencing style - you can do simple stuff very fast too, whatever floats your boat :upside_down_face:

You mean like generative?
And then the robots took your job again! :rofl:

Yeah that’s nice. Rhythm and probability goes so well together.

The robots hahaha. They can have it if they want…If I just turn them on and they play sultry sounds into my ears who am I to complain ?

Still…someone has to connect the wires

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This guy is awesome!

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So i’ve installed Jack and it seems to be running. I added permissions for it according to Unfa’s (the guy in the video above) manjaro setup video. However, I get the following error when I start Ardour. Is there something I need to add to remove that error?

"WARNING: Your system has a limit for maximum amount of locked memory. This might cause Ardour to run out of memory before your system runs out of memory.

You can view the memory limit with ‘ulimit -l’, and it is normally controlled by /etc/security/limits.conf"

Hey shockwave,
I’m into music and use Reaper.

Your post is quite old now but I’d love to know how you managed with everything you described.
Moving to Linux can be challenging when it comes to audio but things a much better now than they used to be.

I’m new here and will post about audio stuff soon.