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Electronic Music discussion: Just got an EeePC. Any good software?
Written July 09 2011
I was just given a bricked Eee PC (well I guess not totally bricked) that I spent hours bring back to life yesterday.
I have it up and running nicely again (thanks single-user mode) and was wondering if there was any cool stuff I could do with this musically. Has anyone played with music software for this thing? I would LOVE to hear any suggestion from cool people rocking the netbooks
They are so tiny and cute!
edit: also it says model 900 on the back but I believe it may actually be the 900HD.
Reaper works well on my Netbook. Wavosaur, too. And, some simple Reaktor patches.
Older versions of software will work well. Maybe an old FLoops.
The only thing musical I use my netbook for is SuperCollider and Audacity. Good for quick, on the go experiments...
these are super suggestions. I've heard that reaper is awesome. Will look into Wavosaur and supercollider
anybody know any good standalone synth apps? looking for less traditional applications I guess
oh yes and i've got the linux Xandross dealy
Puredyne is a really cool Linux distro; link
It comes with a bunch of stuff including Supercollider. I never got it fully tweaked but it detected everything automatically and I was surfing the web in about 5 minutes.
Very cool and doubles as a live-CD OS.
Yesssssssssss I second puredyne. An asus 1005ha running puredyne has been my main axe for more than a year now. Runs like a champ on this little guy!
One of the puredyne developers uses an asus netbook to perform his (pretty rad) live beatboxing stuff, so there's excellent driver support. You won't need to make some of the tweaks you may otherwise have to make with another linux. (wifi drivers can be an issue, sometimes sleep/hibernation isn't configured correctly, etc - puredyne doesn't have these issues)
Was posted here in another blog, but in case you missed it - this looks very cool: link
I third puredyne. I actually use it on the crappy terminal I have at work (1GHz, 512Mb RAM), booting from USB. It's got most of the stuff you need to make sound out of the box.
My favorite two audio programs for linux are Hydrogen (get the 0.9.5 version!) and ZynAddSubFX. The first one is a drum machine which, with a little tweaking, can become a full sequencer. I actually played live with it recently. Very functional and also sexy looking. The second one is a software synth on steroids. It has additive and subtractive synthesis engines and also a third one which I don't know what it is exactly. A gazillion knobs with all the parameters you might need to in order to shape waveforms (which you can also define btw) plus FX complete the package.
Hydrogen is an extremely lightweight app. ZynAddSubFX can become very demanding if you use all the features simultaneously, but for few voices and moderate use, you won't have performance issues.
OK WOW! awesome thanks everyone. definitely going to check out puredyne whenever I get my hands on a memorystick. Right now just about the only thing I have is a gba flashcart with a USB adapter which I guess will work so maybe I'll give that a go.
I did see the din blog but I know absolutely nothing about linux so I was a little bit intimidated. However I did have the little eee pc in mind when I mentioned "next time I'm around a linux machine" so I'll have to figure it out one way or another.
And delete, those programs sound right up my alley. Wow so much to try out...
Also a couple extra questions.
Given the memory limitations of these little guys, is it typical to run stuff directly off thumb drives?
And, is there any way to look at a hierarchical memory map? Basically what I'm thinking of is some way of seeing where the largest files are allocated so I can cut some of the fat.
i don't know how typical it is to run stuff directly of usb sticks, but it seems to work. i've been booting my office pc from a usb drive for almost a year now without any major problems. a filesystem on a usb stick probably gets corrupted more often than it does on a hard drive, but i've had no issues with it. plus if you find an OS that suits you right out of the box, then reinstalling is a 10 minute business. of course taking a backup of your whole system, including all configuration files, is trivial business with linux.
most operations in linux are based on command-line... well, commands. to get a hierarchical view of processor and memory usage, you fire up a terminal and execute the command 'top' (skip the quotation marks). you will get a list of processes sorted in descending order w.r.t. CPU and memory usage, with real-time updates. there are also graphical apps that do the same, but i have never used one.
for disk space usage, there is a nice app called baobab, which you can get by installing the package 'gnome-utils'. remember: the terminal is your friend!
Depending on your HD size you can opt to burn the Puredyne CD ISO and install it from an external drive. The CD version takes up a lot less room on the HD than the DVD (when dual booting ETC).
I used 'Power ISO' for WinXP to burn it.
There are also other Linux distributions CD's and DVD's made for music people, you can burn them and try them out live.
It's interesting that Linux is now much easier to install than Windows.
Dual booting is just as easy, if you're not worried about HD space.
I have XP on one of these, but I had to put in a 4gb SD card and install the OS there, the internal 2gb it had was too restrictive - had to use PowerISO and do a really scaled down install.
It's certainly lacking in video speed, so any apps that need good video hardware will choke hard.
oh ... man
i have no idea how to make my own bootable usb stick of this
Running Linux from USB is fairly easy.
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