I'm thinking of getting into audio production and want to start light to see if I can figure it out before building a full rig. Would one of the Pinebook Pros handle Ubuntu Studio (or another good dist of linux for audio production)? I'm not really good at recognizing the quality of PC components/hardware for the purposes of running software.

(Maybe @luka would have some insight?)

@daggerhartrocks @luka multichannel audio processing requires significant amount of cpu. with pine pro you are getting below average processing performance. also check the architecture. pine pro is arm based. default pc architecture nowadays is x86_64, be sure all soft you want to run is available for arm. 4GB RAM may be sufficient. default storage on pine pro is slow. afaik ~70MB/s, but you can upgrade to nvme if you buy reduction from pine shop and disk elsewhere. good luck!

@marian_mizik @luka Thanks for the info! I was a bit concerned looking over it that the hardware wasn't really high-spec enough for production-based work. Also, you've exposed my (lack of) knowledge about things like arm vs x86_64, which while helpful, is somewhat embarrassing. :)

@daggerhartrocks I'm not too familiar with pro audio on arm linux, but what @marian_mizik said makes sense. You would quickly hit the ceiling with slow cpu and hard drive.

That said, it doesn't have to be monster machine. Perhaps you can put together something at local shop where you can discuss various options and they can put components together in a custom configuration (not a laptop) and test the system before you install #UbuntuStudio on it.


And don't worry about (not) knowing stuff, we've all been there and learned from making mistakes. Nothing to be embarrassed about.

I would personally try a i5 cpu (or similar AMD), fast SSD disk drive (500Gb?) and 8Gb of RAM. Put that on not-the-cheapest motherboard. I don't think discrete graphic card is really necessary. And, for example, a Behringher USB audio inteface. They are cheap but solid.

+ a monitor and some speakers.

Cc @marian_mizik

@luka @marian_mizik
Thanks for all the responses, I really appreciate it! I have an older gaming computer that I think I can get an i7 out of and maybe build around it, I was hoping for an "out of box" solution, but I understand it may not be the best way to do it.

@daggerhartrocks @luka @marian_mizik It also depends on what you're planning on doing. I was able to make music on my now 11-year old computer up until I got the new one earlier this year. If your recordings are just a few tracks or you're using mostly midi and not a massive amount of plugins, you'll be fine with slower hardware. If you want to make an opus, you'll need more processing power.

@daggerhartrocks @luka

Audio production rewards fast disk access. So: not a laptop, unless it's high-end.
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