OK, turns out the machine is still a bit noisy as soon as it has run a bit, and I don't know if that will work well with recording.
(My dad fixed it for me because it made a jarring rattling noise after a certain time under load, and he claimed it went away, but I'm skeptical.)
Using my Windows laptop it is, then. That laptop doesn't have enough disk space for a dual-boot system, so I probably need to re-learn my audio skills on Windows.
@draco Audacity is free and comes in a Windows version.
@artsyhonker I have that, and it's OK-ish for basic things (like mixing down separately recorded tracks). I'm thinking more of effect plugins (EQ, compressor, delay, reverb etc), virtual instruments and the like.
I know there must be some, it will just be quite some research and also learning to get it all to work together the way I want.
I don't believe anyone in the community (#calf / #guitarix / #lv2 in general) is interested enough in windows to recreate the GUIs. Or that is what I understand, anyhow. Unfortunate, but I understand the point being made in this thread: https://github.com/calf-studio-gear/calf/issues/145
I'm in the midst of mastering the new Flavigula album. It's all been done in #ardour. Each track is a separate session. The mixdowns are then imported into a grand session for mastering. The workflow is very natural, methinks. Having only used #linux for a few centuries now (except for a short stint in 2013), I can't say I'm too famaliar with other DAWs, though.
I use both of these, but mostly the latter on the recent album. Do you shoot for specific levels during the mix you do before mastering? I went for 4-5db of headroom, but it varied.
I'm relatively new to the mastering "scene". On previous albums, I just threw a bit of compressor over the mix, creating more "loudness". In the end, I figured if I'm going to spend so much time composing this stuff, I might as well do the same with mixing / mastering.
@flavigula @reto @draco @artsyhonker @dogtrax During mixing I mostly just make sure the track is balanced within itself. I don't care about final levels at that point. I export the mixes to 32-bit float WAV files having no limiting on the master, so I can turn it up or down as I want in the mastering session without loosing quality.
@draco I think you could use an AVLinux system installed on a USB drive to boot Linux for making music on Your laptop without the need to install anything on it's hard disk.
Or is that problem already solved? :)
@unfa I'm still a little undecided if I can't put up with the noise from my desktop machine. I'd need to experiment with it, which I'm currently not geting around to because I'm swamped with breadwinning work atm.
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