all my experience with VCV Rack and some easy music related stuff (jack, audacity, ecc) is on Linux, my tower pc is still perfect after almost 4 years (ryzen7 1700 - two SSDs - 16Gb ram - nvidia 1050ti 4Gb on Ubuntu 16.04).
Now I want to have VCV Rack on the laptop as well, how would you go?
VCV Rack running on win OR would you install a Linux distro only for playing? I’m quite good at windows, since I use it from the times you had to write “win” on MS-DOS to run it…but I have no experience with music on it…
my goal is to set up everything ready to “play” live, finally my brand new ES-9 is getting here in two days
The important question is, are you gonna depend on hardware that requires Windows? For example, for a sound card. That laptop is a beast for sure, but no matter how good the number crunching, you bet its sound card remains entry-grade gear, so you might want an USB sound card, and you know how Linux drivers for prosumer gear tends to be a painful experience. Same if you want a master keyboard with advanced bidirectional features via USB rather than MIDI only.
I forgot to say that I (unfortunately) need win on this pc because the softwares I work with run on win only…that’s the reason for buying such a beast…because of my job…I do reverse engineering/CAD/CAM
I love Linux and it’s been years that I live without wine too…
@Aria_Salvatrice I have chosen the ES-9 as my sound card for the reason @LarsBjerregaard has just posted…I have never had a sound card, maybe a sound blaster on my 386 when I was 14 …actually I use an immortal behringer xenyx 802 usb mixer as a sound card, and it’s class compliant as well
so…my question can be different:
should I make a partition and install a Linux distro (I think ubuntu studio LTS) on my working pc just to play with VCV Rack? what would you do?
The dual boot seems like a good idea. Honestly if my favorite vsts were in Linux too, i’d go full Linux now that i’m switching to Bitwig DAW.
I know there are ways to get Win vsts working on linux, but meh i don’t understand enough of carla/wine/jack yet to get that running well.
I haven’t used Linux on the dekstop for years, but my experience is that many devices are more or less standardized with a proprietary enhancement layer.
You can get the core functionality working just fine, but some bells and whistles like LEDs or advanced features are not implemented by the community driver, and the general attitude is “You don’t need these features actually, they’re bloat”.
well, I don’t disagree with the others, but you can of course consider just running VCV rack natively in windows. There are some things you can’t do, but it certainly runs fine in windows. One small plus for windows is that sometimes new plugins / test plugins / not in plugin manager are only available on windows.