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100 thoughts on “Music production with open-source software and Linux?”

  • IMO The most important part of this video starts at 04:43. Being able to use free software does NOT exclude you from your responsibilities. It is just not forced in anyways, like paying for it.
    Maybe you are not a developer but as a user/artist, you can help the community sharing your knowledge or experience with developers or with users, just like Unfa.

  • I have also switched to linux although I am not as talented as you in music but there are some difficulties, one thing is that the tax department uses adobe pdf and thus I have to sometimes switch to windows on a virtual machine just to print those pdf blanquettes.

  • You are the most serious musician using Linux out there. Very inspiring material for all people (like me) using FOSS and Linux as main OS for music production.

    Greetings from Colombia.

  • How to make the LENGENDARY M-AUDIO DELTA 1010 ( that one with PCI CARD and Rackmount Breakout box ) to WORK with Linux … and how to make it WORK with Linux running COKOS REAPER ? Is that Possible ?

  • Hey unfa, I think exactly like you: the future is open source! I ve decided to buy a midi controller to connect to my laptop. My system is Linux Mint 18.3 (64 bit) and I use LMMS (Vestige for VSts). I'm very new to music production and I have no clue how to choose a proper midi controller. Just two things to keep in mind: 1. I live in Cambodia so I must order from abroad 2. I want to buy something cheap to start with and eventually upgrade later. Can you please suggest ideal midi controllers for me which are not too expensive? Thanks!

  • Hey unfa. I'm beginning to learn about producing edm. I used to use linux exclusively, but have mostly used windows for the last few years, really for no specific reason. I don't have a computer that I can dedicate to production, so am considering using a bootable linux flash drive temporarily. Do you think a 128gb drive is enough storage to get started with the OS, daw, projects etc? Or should I take a different route? Thanks.

  • Out of the 3 FOSS DAWs you mentioned, LMMS is the only stable and (I would honestly say) useable program. Although it lacks in features out of the box and you kinda have to build it with VSTs plugins and so on The other two are far too unstable and early in development. The latest version (10) of Waveform also crashes a lot. Version 9 worked fine. I would say they dropped version 10 far too soon.
    I'm also not comfortable using Bitwig Studio as it's not quite there yet in terms of stability. These two preparatory apps are paid and should be more stable. So in conclusion as of 2019, I wouldn't recommend Linux as a viable alternative. The tools are there, sure. But the time and the learning curve is something you just cannot expect people to go through. Most people expect it to just work out of the box.

  • 0:50 hah! Fool ImageLine! FL cannot save on Trial!!!
    1:26 Ok, I agree with that instead.
    3:30 Don't care learning curve to get freedom!!
    4:10 Ownership conspiracy
    5:10 Patreon requires you to pay initial fee to start campaign! Try Ko-Fi or Paypal.me, or maybe Liberapay.com!

  • Amen brother. Open source is the way forward. Also, kudos for running KDE instead of the default Gnome that comes with most distros 🙂

  • I agree. In my opinion Apple is the worst thing for music. It controls so much of what you do. If you want to be free and creative you need complete artistic freedom (and hard work). Apple tells you or points you towards what audio format you should use (Does not support broadcast quality WAV) , makes compression and normalising too easy and tempting, tells you which loops fit best so being experimental becomes more difficult, it ties you in to their eco system, No support for VST (there are many free VST instruments that are artistic and amazing) And then there is the price, you could buy more software and hardware to actually make music if you spent half as much on an equivalent non apple setup. PS I have been making music for over 30 years and have a BSC degree in music technology.

  • Computers are so ubiquitous now, that way more people stumble into programming as either a hobby or career, boosting the the total number of developers existing, thus increasing the total number of developers working on open source projects. So, I think you are absolutely right: open source could soon dominate closed. I've been running a pure Linux environment for over a year now and have not missed Windows for even one minute. It''s unimaginably liberating. I am sticking with REAPER, though, as it is badass and I already owned it, but I think i'm 99% open source now.

    Gentoo FTW!

  • I cant seem to find that particular version of "The free software song" anywhere! It sounds epic! Do you know where i can download it?

  • Thank You man, and yes, I agree 100% on Open Source. Whether it be the flesh or not, I cannot tell, but I feel as though the Lord is leading me to Open Source.

  • Hey, which distribution you are using? I am a student and I am struggeling, bc there are so many of them and I wanted to use FL-Studio (compatibility with friends). ^^

  • Yes…Yesss….Yassssssssssssssssssss! I didn't want to learn photoshop cause I don't want to deal with a license so I started using gimp and Inkscape. Making music with Linux just makes a lot of sense to me. Thank you.

  • Bandlab works for me just fine….on a Chromebook. I've had Linux and it's interesting, but Chromebooks are ultra secure. Linux is not.

  • Hi, please advise me where to start. I wanna turn an old core 2 duo pc into a DAW. I got PCI Audiophile 2496 soundcard. I wanna record guitar and make some rock music. Which distribution should I get to install as an OS? I wanna use Reaper.Where to get drivers and such. Thanks!

  • Thanks Unfa 🙂 I've resisted going full send on Linux because I have a lifetime license for FL Studio. What is the latency like when running FL through WINE?

  • For those people who misunderstood or simply cannot understand:
    You are not forced to Pirate stuff when using WINE, simply buy whatever software you need (Make sure it works via WINE though) and then use it.

  • I fully agree with you, my Music and Video Editing workflow is 100% Open Source, the only workflow that I now need to migrate is CAD, there still is no good alternative for the Autodesk software.

  • Great, I do Musicproduction on Linux, and i agree with you, it is getting better. I'm getting a Behringer UMC 1820 to run out of the box with Ubuntu Studio 18.04.
    As you can hear and see her: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5aLlaC6RD4

  • If you look at most world-class engineers, their selection of plugins, tools, and effects are usually quite simple and universal. Those proprietary plugins you think you need are probably just unnecessary gimmicks anyway.

  • just foss is a bit narrow-minded, Linux needs the closed source developers to really be taken seriously… I use Linux every day, but I still have to run windows in a VM for work, certain products cannot be replaced as yet… For music, if Steinberg, Waves, Ableton and NI took Linux seriously things would change very quickly, Bitwig rocks on Linux as does U-he, it is a fantastic example of what could be, but NI for example just don't see the market, but it really is a build it and they will come type of situation…

  • Rosegarden whell known as professional tool as I hear about, and goes as component with professional studios

  • I agree with you and will be moving to Linux and open source by the end of this week. Still my favorite daw is Reaper which is not open source but perhaps half way somehow.

  • Hi guys, I'm making some native Linux and other OSes Sampler, check it out if you intrested: https://github.com/abbysoft-team/Soompler. Now it is in alpha stage, but you can load sample, convert midi to audio track and more. As super-simple drums sampler it's already usable)

  • Hello. I have a question. Is it better for a beginner to start out with a distro such as unbuntu studio to get an all in one approach, or is it better to get something like ubuntu mint and add software later? Thanks for the videos!

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  • thanks for the heart on my last comment, you are truly a great person for going out of your way to read everyones comments. you deserve more subs, love, and support.
    keep up the super work.

  • Unfa, please make a video on how to configure linux for music I have Forusrite 2i2 2nd gen and pop os but I am not sure how/where to start!

  • i am linux administrator, 99% of time i end up using linux mostly centos or parrotsec.and heres a secret 98% of pc uses windows rest 2 % uses linux and that 2% is used to protect the 98%. i love music so i decided to make music myself, currently learning sound design and i love it.may i ask which linux distro you use? i was thinking of ubuntu studio 19.04 or avlinux.

  • In linux you can modify and or compile the kernel with low latency, that is a thing that is possible just on linux and is a big pro compared to other OS.

  • every time i ask myself, i wonder if i could do that on linux, and then look it up on internet, i always find answer to be irrevocably yes

  • Hi Thank you very much for this video. I kind of did the same choice, and it is always nice to see other people around. Just a question, how do you deal with this choice on line? Like for instance, using youtube? I'm asking because this is more and more a dilemma for me. Cheers!

  • I don't make music myself, but when I play it, I'm using Linux. I recently took a look at a million dollar production switcher to see if the software in it was up to date, and what did I find? It was running Red Hat Linux inside. My friends who stream on Windows have all kinds of problems with audio, but with JACK it's no problem at all. It takes some setup, but once that's done, it's done. MPlayer rocks for throwing up windowless video with no OSD.

  • Using Linux and jack server to make music since 15 ago when youtubers like him were kids and youtube was air, using zynaddsubfx since 15 ago, my suggestion for decent results is: run wine install ableton + wienasio, buy the cheap reaper and install reaper, use claudia. Clickbait for already know free knowdleges its something great nowadays. Stefano Droghetti its Pioneer rest its nothing.

  • Hi there. I have one sampler vst plugin for Linux, Windows and MacOS in work. At this point all it can do is simple load and play stuff with adsr controls and loop, reverse settings. But developing is not over, many cool features will be added. Check if you interested on github page: https://github.com/abbysoft-team/Soompler

  • Great channel content. I am Brazilian and I am interested in starting to edit and produce sounds and I use linux as operating system. I hardly found Brazilian videos talking about it.

  • 0:20 Linux is a kernel.

    What you're referring to as Linux,
    is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I've recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux.
    Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component
    of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell
    utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX.

    Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day,
    without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU
    which is widely used today is often called "Linux", and many of its users are
    not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project.

    There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a
    part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system
    that allocates the machine's resources to the other programs that you run.
    The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself;
    it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is
    normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system
    is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called "Linux"
    distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux.

    I use Gentoo btw.

  • that's what i was waiting to jump in free software. I hope intel won't block PCs to load Linux with secure boot in future.


  • I partially disagree with the statement that better plugins do not make you a better musician. For example, cubase pro 10 compression stock plugins do not allow for lower attacks when doing sidechain compression with percussion. You need better compressors… Otherwise your mix has peacks and you can't mix and master properly. Similarly, the cubase pro 10 dual filter is complete shit. A friend had the 5 and there was a good filter tonic filter that allowed to define continuous cutoff changes. Now you only have dualfilter, which only allows you to define discrete changes in cutoff value automation making it sound as if you were climbing a ladder rather than an inclined plane. Better plugins make your music sound professional if you are good. If you have shitty pluggins and you are good… Your music will sound as amateur. I am sorry to tell that, but it is the truth.

    However, I am NOT saying linux plugins are not good. I use gimp instead of photoshol. And I will try out linux DAWs and sinthesisers after this video to give them a try! I have kubuntu already installed I code so it is a no brainer.

  • Laptops are often cheaper with unlicensed or no OS, dirt cheap if you know the right generic second-hand store, you can have a dedicated production PC running good specs and none of that annoying crap running in the background

  • This gives me hope. I run ubuntu and just realized my Roland has midi out and now im like…i really should try to make music. How do I connect a roland to my pc with linux, do drivers work on linux for all electronic pianos?

  • unfa, do you use open software for video editing? if yes then which open source software do you use for video editing?

  • So I had the same issue with kxstudio. I now use ubuntu studio with kcal repos and I installed plasma 5 as my de. You can backport the neon development. I am running kde 5.17.2 with UB studio and kxstudio repos enabled. Tracktion waveform 9 as my DAW. THIS SETUP ROCKS!

  • The daws like llms in there raw version sucks kinda
    But its sinple enough
    But nevermind
    Everybody installing free vsts (there are also vst drum looper) to make musicproduction easyier

  • I am beginner i use LMMS for 2 months now but my skill is just normal but my melodies are catchy that you will be addicted. listen to fake love, saviour, fake reality, samsara. repetitive but addicting.

  • absolutely agree if skill is most important thn any daw/gear….at the end skill and talent matters… if this is missing the so called and over hyped logic pro can't do anything if skill is missing…we all should support open source community and also if possible let's get united and help Linux community to create or improve music production daw's and video editors….many people buy mac just because of logic pro and final cut pro #SupportOpenSource

  • My Linux system is the best computer I've ever had. I have more debugging to do, but solutions are usually out there on Linux forums.