9 Sep 2002 phonomongrel   » (Observer)

Here's how this is going to work. I'm a linux dj. Well not really. I'm a dj. I started out messing with turntables when I was twelve. Did a little djing up until the end of my first semester in college. I then transferred schools and brought my decks with me. But do to lack of space in my room any money in my pocket, I sold my mixer and moved my decks back to my parents house.

Now, I'm getting back in to djing/producing but I can't afford new decks (I was using SL-1200's not MKII, but just regular 1200's; most people have never seen these before) and a new mixer. So Linux and open source audio software are going to help me do this. Here's the hardware that I'm dealing with right now:

Toshiba 2535CDS Pentium (I) 300Mhz MMX 96mb RAM 4.3G HD
-Yamaha opl3sa2 sound card (ALSA drivers used)

white case Celeron 700Mhz 128mb RAM 20G & 10G HD
-Sound Blaster 16 sound card

two (2) Technics SL-1200's
-Shure cartridges (forgot the model number)

I've been using gdam for about two weeks now. Love it. I anticipate creating some LADSPA plugins in the near future. However, right now I'm getting prepared to do a small set at a party thrown by Chris from four09 next saturday, 2002/09/14. I've just reinstalled Debian 3.0r0 on my laptop, and as a Redhat convert, I'm trying to get a grasp on how to administer it. From there I'm going to recompile the 2.4.18 kernel using Andrew Morton's low latency patch. I'm not sure how much of a performance boost this will give a Pentium I, but I'm hoping that every little bit helps. Right now, I'm consistenly missing the first beat of any song started in gdam but the amount of time between when I hit play and I hear the rest of the music varies. I'm just looking for consistent latency. We'll see how it goes.

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