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Old 08-21-2018, 05:10 PM   #54
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Originally Posted by Jack Winter View Post
If I not wrong there are many places that gives you a 30 days money back guarantee. Seems a no brainer to pick one up to test, and if you aren't satisfied send it back. I note that the unit also has internal monitoring, that means that you can monitor without latency even if the device is running at higher latency.
It's unfortunately not an item they have on the shelf at Guitar Center. They can get me one, which I could do myself, but if I want to trade some of my unused gear in toward one, I will have to go through GC and have them special order one in for me. I'd still get the money back guarantee. I just need a reason to talk myself into loading up some old gear and making a drive across town. With everything working so well in Linux with my current hardware, I'm not getting motivated enough to exert the effort.

It will probably come down to getting one of those wild hair moments, which is how I got my Ludwig drums. All of sudden one day I found myself wheeling and dealing on the phone, and before the day was out, ended up with a brand new in the box set of Ludwig drums without spending any money at all. Spent a lot of time and energy though cleaning up the drums I was trading in to look showroom new, carting them across town, and then haggling for thirty or forty minutes to finally trade even for the other kit.

I record with a X32 and do all the monitoring through it's onboard FX. This means that I can run it at 1024 samples buffer with no problems. The only thing I really have to pay attention to, is to measure the round trip latency and configure reaper to account for the hidden latency. This is to make sure that the newly recorded tracks line up properly with the already recorded material.

You also have the added advantage to have your M-Audio devices, which means that you could record drums monitoring through the Behringer at high latency, and then switch to your M-Audio for real low latency monitoring through FX when recording guitar and bass. Then add your softsynths still running at low latency.
The last time I used direct monitoring I was still running Cakewalk Sonar and was using a Soundblaster Live. Once I got my first M-Audio 2496 I was so impressed with it, I bought a second one to put in a dedicated GigaStudio machine I used to use exclusively for digital drums. When I retired Giga, I put both cards in my DAW, and have had them installed in no less than five machines since the late 90s. They keep working, no matter what OS I throw at them, so I keep not replacing them. Got my $125 a pop out of them by now for sure!

I think you're gonna be happy with Linux, especially once you get all the plugins you need running. We're already in a good place with Reaper, U-he, LinVst, etc. Things can only improve from here on! BTW, Repro-5 is a seriously good sounding prophet emulation, there are also quite a few totally free Linux synths that are very high quality!
I tried yesterday to install my copy of Native Instruments Komplete Elements, which was a real stripped down version of Komplete I bought before getting the full version of Kontakt. I wanted to use that one because it's not installed on the Windows side of my dual boot machine. Anyway, it won't install because it gets all the way up to where you've answered all the preliminary questions about locations and keycodes and then it putzes out with a message to insert the DVD into the drive. It doesn't see the genuine store bought, factory produced DVD that is in the drive as the valid media it wants.

I'm holding back on trying to install the real full version of Kontakt, because I don't want to create licensing issues that might screw my working registered version up in Windows. I also have not tried to install Waves DBX160, Lexicon Native MPX Reverb, Soundtoys Little Plate, Arturia Minimoog, Toontrack EZ-Keys, and a few others that employ copy protection that might blow a gasket.

Toontrack stuff I'm confident will work, as I already installed EZ-Drummer successfully. It was another one I am not currently using or have installed in Windows, so I wasn't worried about it possibly invalidating my license. The ones I suspect will be the most difficult to eventually get functioning in Linux will be the few that employ PACE copy protection. I have an iLok with multiple activations, but I doubt that the PACE software needed to use it will fly in Wine.

Still I'm very curious to hear if that .asoundrc works out for you! If you copy that to your home dir and start jack (or reaper) you ought to have a new device that combines the 2 cards into one. That without rebooting it will be there for the next program that you start. Same to remove it, just delete the file and it's gone. Doesn't change your system in any way what so ever.
I will give it a try. I was concerned about it possibly messing up what works so well currently, but if I can just delete it and it's gone, I'll try it.
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