Linux FAQs

thanks for the swift reply. yeah, I’m on 64bit


If you are using a laptop and are on battery power, use the realtime kernel only if strictly necessary: I’ve done some tests which showed that using the realtime kernel dramatically raises power consumption (15-18W with standard kernel, always over 20W with the realtime kernel) and then lower the battery life.

resuming: when using Renoise (or any other application requiring realtime kernel), it is always better to have AC power available.

thanks for this!

a really horribly noob question though-- when i type sudo apt-get install qjackctl into the terminal i am then asked to give my password. i try to type my password but the terminal isn’t allowing me to type anything…the cursor just sits there…

any help is greatly appreciated!

hi meloday,

first of all, since renoise 2.0 you can change ALSA periods into the configuration preferences, so this should not be necessary anymore. however, if you still want to install JACK, then your problem is simply that the password will not be shown, neither the classic asterisks will (f.e. if your password is “hello”, you will not see “*****” when you type it). So, simply type your password and press ENTER


I’ve split your topic to:
Linux Jack Reconnect/Timeout Problems (Jack Reconnect/Timeout problems)

I wasn’t talking about the latest update :)
Try 0.113.
If that still keeps buggin, i guess there should also be something else playing along


My dream is a netbook with very low cpu time of OS and much more cpu time for Renoise - this is the xsession in my opinion. I did the steps in the FAQ and everything works well, except the error of native startup which says Renoise can’t initialize the ALSA driver. However if I click down the message and Renoise continues the startup, I go to preferences -> audio and pickup the ALSA driver from the list - it initializes without problem, and everything works well.

How can I force the starting session to load ALSA driver BEFORE starting Renoise?

Any answer are welcome!


Not to cut off Brian, but I’m having some serious issues on 64-bit Ubuntu. Version 2.5.1 worked like a charm, despite having to punch ESD in the nuts before launching in order to get the sound to work (and without that, really, what’s the point); however, Version 2.6.0 won’t even start.

Without sudo permissions, the terminal output is ```
bash: /usr/local/bin/renoise: cannot execute binary file

And with it, we get ```  
/usr/local/bin/renoise: 1: Syntax error: "(" unexpected  

I kinda feel responsible since I didn’t participate in the beta. Does anybody know what causes this? It’s not a particularly enlightening error either way.

I wish. I’ve already tried all the things recommended in that topic, none of which work. But thanks for the link anyways.

I am also trying to get Renoise 2.6.1 running on Ubuntu correctly. I am using UbuntuStudio 10.10 Maverick on a 64bit Intel i5 laptop. My normal setup is Renoise in Win7 on the same laptop, however I wanted to learn JACK and linux audio and am looking for a comfort zone in Renoise.

I first tried to simply extract my 2.6.1 x86_64 tar and run renoise out of the box. (like it says it should work)
As Rainfly_x said, using either $ renoise or $ ./renoise without sudo returns “cannot execute binary file”.

using $ sudo renoise returns /usr/local/bin/renoise: 3: Syntax Error: Unterminated quoted string
I also repeated the above steps after having run the system installation script; to no avail. However the installation completes successfully. further yet, ldd renoise returns “not a dynamic executable”;

I have tried to download the other linux version of 2.6.1, and even 2.5.0; both did the same thing. Because of this I am guessing it is a problem on my end. I’m basically a linux noob, so I have no idea where to go from here. Any help would be appreciated.

To anyone using Ubuntu, and this has probably been mentioned elsewhere, you will have a far better experience using a light window manager like X11 intead of KDE or metacity… I use LXDE for this reason… vast improvement on an old laptop

A user named mangueJOE did some extensive testing in this regard:

@see: Linux, Renoise And Choppy Sound

A must read thread for Linux users.

As general information, I tested all WMs with Renoise and on my systems (Mandriva 32bit and 64bit) Renoise runs best with XFCE.
XFCE is far smaller than KDE or Gnome and a bit bigger but easier than LXDE (LXDE is quite new and not yet 100% stable).

It even gives me less XRUNS with QJackCtl then LXDE, but I use Rneoise mostly as ALSA-Standalone DAW.

How does it compare to Openbox?

On my machine OpenBox was equal to LXDE, but I still prefer XFCE.
I think it’s just a question of choosing your favorite WM among those mentioned.

And for my taste OpenBox is too … nacked?? If I have to extend it with LXpanel I can stick to LXDE …

yeah i was asking because i wondered how it compared to the others. i went for #! linux with openbox and am loving it, but i never tried the others. i use openbox (an #!) because it is fast, small and lightweight, so should be good for making music. i also asked because i did not find Openbox buggy, as you said LXDE was. i’m sure its a matter of taste though. i use tint2 instead of lxpanel, works pretty smooth.

When I was using 100% Linux I was using - mininalistic nad works nice with renoisee ;)

XFCE is bloated, but maybe not so bloated like the other ones…

Could renoise use ALSA, but in shared mode?

Alsa cannot be used in shared mode, you need layers above it that allow sharing of audio resources.

One such layer can be the JACK infrastructure.

I use it a lot and can keep Renoise, Youtube and my music player happy at the same time.