Still needs quite a bit of work. The install medium is so-so. It works, after all, but not without crashing at the precise point when all it has to do is simply shutdown. Nevertheless, the installation worked, I was able to boot. On the first login a initialisation routine showed up and suggested that I should reset all options. I certainly would have loved to do so, unfortunately the screen resolution was still tuned to 640x480 and I couldn't access (nor see) the control buttons. One can however restart this routine from menu, so not that big a deal.
- no pulse audio. This is the biggest pro imaginable! Thumbs up!
- as a direct result: JACK indeed works. Not just the dummy daemon, but the real thing. This was the first time I ever witnessed any such thing happening. I never would have thought that possible.
Of course, by "it works" I mean it just crashes now and then, but occasionally it really does what it is supposed to do.
- Claudia. Claudia is a dream. I would marry her. If only she agreed.
- Rosegarden. When all else fails, Rosegarden is still running.
- KDE. Many things in KDE are quite messy or convulsively so-totally-different-from-windows like window control buttons on the left side. Or just crappy like Dolphin for instance, unable to do a simple file search without prompting "invalid protocol", which apparently persists for the last two years without anybody caring to fix it.
- Banshee? Really? o.O
- KXStudio comes with tons of software a lot of which simply doesn't work. MuSe is THE leading highly functional error message generator... I guess? Ardour just the same. LMMS forgets its own preferences and sometimes gets lazy, taking 10 seconds to playback 1 second worth of music data.
I tried to setup a music studio under Linux to do some private and not very ambitious composing. This was supposed to be fun. I realize one has to master in computer science to become a mediocre musician, so I guess I quit.
this is the best linux there is i have tried a lot of iso you name it i have tried it everthing works on this wine works great pogo game site works mad.com game site works pch game ste works wwe.com works there is no flaws great distro
Very nice distro. Nice set of applications fast and stable.
I installed this purely to do audio and video work. Great set of apps and works really well.
Everything for free! Unbelievable!
If you want cutting edge download Manjaro etc, this does exactly what they describe no BS it just works.
And you still have the added benefit of libre office if you need to do notes etc, Thunderbird for email, a bit torrent package and k3b for burning discs.Audacity sound editor is standard Kdenlive video production.
All said and done it has everything to do Audio and Video editing and then burn to disc.
The distro works smooth and the audio setup is very well done. You get Jack, Alsa or Pulseaudio or all of them and bridge them when needed. MIDI and OSC hardware will work well and the audio tools are carefully selected and plenty. They are updated to the latest version through the distro's special repositories. A low latency kernel is installed to cope with real-time audio latency issues. Mind that it is based on 3.13 kernel version so a lot of modern hardware (not audio-related) may not be supported, I had not such problems but my hardware comes from the year 2010.
Non-audio software is not very up-to-date, since it is still stuck to Ubuntu 14.04. It still gets regular security updates though.
If a newer package is needed for a program, the user has to ppa its repository to get the latest version updates, for example firefox, libreoffice, etc. An inconvenience, but if your main work-flow is audio-related not really to worry about, since major programs will still run well in this ubuntu 14.04 spin, if you install them from a .deb package instead of apt-get.
A different issue, at least for me, is that it is a one-man-show distribution. What worries me lately, is that if the person looses interest, I may end up with an unmaintained system. Of course this is not specific to kxstudio, it goes for all small community projects. If you want to use it for audio production it will do the work, but only up until the maintainer will decide to. I am guessing that the reason it is still based on 14.04 is because of lack of time or resources of the maintainer.
All that considered, it is a topic centric distribution that delivers what it promises and can still be used as a general purpose computer. I hope the community around it grows.