hey all. new here. i was messing around with renoise on my brother’s macbook i ended up liking it but he won’t let me use his computer as much. i have a laptop on my own that runs ubuntu 10.10. i tried to download the .tar package, extracted it then a similar set of folders and files opened up. i do not think it actually installed on my computer but i the program runs. also pressing play makes the demo song run glitchy which never occured on my brother’s mac.
i hate windows and would rather run renoise in linux. can someone be kind to please help me configure this on my laptop. also please spare me the linux technicalities like how and why the certain terminal codes work the way they do. i could learn that later. i just want to start making music.
all i want is know what to type on the terminal.
for ex. step 1: type this, this happens then type this. step 2: type this, etc.
i know this sounds like im asking “how do you eat food?” lol but bear with me here. how would one go “into a folder through terminal”? im not too familiar with this. ok well i extracted and opened the folder which contains: installer folder, resources folder, install.sh(<–is that it??), license, tutorial, a read me, one labelled “renoise”, faq, and uninstall.sh.
trying to open the “install.sh” opens up a dialogue box asking if i want to run or display contents. trying to run in terminal opens the terminal for a split second then it disappears.
Never knew you could do drag and dropping onto the terminal. Generally browse to location then paste in with Shift+Ctrl+V but may try and remember that…
MasterG111: But having it installed, rather than just running from the download, isn’t likely to make much difference to the fact you said you are getting glitchy playback. What are the specs of the laptop? Have you got an audio interface? I guess you are running standard Ubuntu, not Ubuntu Studio, correct?
never knew about the drag-drop terminal thing either. was pretty amazed to read that
anyway, the glitchy stuff could very well have to do with your linux audio-setup. it is recommended to run linux with the Jack audio server with Realtime threads. don’t go asking me how to do that because i am pretty new to linux myself and haven’t got it to work perfectly myself yet. in other words, i think it is a matter of settings, and the priority that Renoise gets in your linux audio-setup. there are a couple of forumthreads dealing with this particular thing.
if you are not up to figuring out how to fix this yourself, you could, as kazakore suggested, try Ubuntu Studio or AV Linux, which are both more focused on doing linux audio, and might give you what you want right out of the box.
If you want to use Renoise in isolation then you may as well use ALSA. Where Jack comes into its own is for connections between programs, both on the MIDI and the Audio levels. Makes running an external synth like ZynAddSubFX or sampling from other Jack enabled programs (eg wire VLC straight into Renoise) a breeze. Also those that are Jack Session enabled will also load the correct patches etc whereas otherwise you’d have to do it manually after starting.
So have you run through the points in the Linux FAQ I posted for you earlier? You still haven’t said what version of Linux you’re using and whether you have a RT or stock kernel.
wow, never thought about it that way. that makes sense.
recently read about alsa dmix (i think), which allows alsa to have multiple signals. what i hate about my current setup is that only one piece of software can play audio at the same time, and that was the reason i installed jack. seems that is not necessary.
So Jack would only be needed by someone who wants to run more than one audio program simultaneously. In my case I guess won’t be needing Jack. I only want to run Renoise alone at the moment. Perhaps I would need to learn advanced Jack configurations if I end up installing another program like Ardour for example.
Yes. Good reference. I’m using ubuntu (not studio) 10.10. I haven’t got into installing a realtime kernel.
from what i’ve read, a real-time kernel is not absolutely necessary. at least in Jack you can let Renoise run as a realtime thread, which is, i believe, quite the same thing. but, as i said before, i’m by no means an expert so i might very well be wrong.
Unwanted glitch: terminated. Worked like a charm. Initially I set the period buffer to 3. It worked for some of the demo songs but one made a minor hiccup. Set it again at 6 and it now plays smoothly! Aaaallright.
I am looking at my cpu percentage usage and at certain points it still goes up to a maximum of 70%. I could deal with that, for now. At least it doesn’t overload and crash by itself this time.
I just always launch Renoise as root (super user, aka admininstrator of Linux) so I can set the program to real time priority instead of dealing with changing the operating system itself.
This is easily done by opening Renoise through the terminal by typing sudo renoise
Or if you’re feeling fancy, you can change the launcher in the applications menu to launch with root priviliges. To do this right click the main menu on the top panel, click edit menus, find and highlight Renoise in the opened window, click properties, in the command box change the entry to gksudo renoise %f
Only inconvenience is having to type the password everytime you launch, but it significantly improved the performance on all my machines and is easy.