Hi; taking a break from Windows 8 DAW setup.
I have a Presonus Firestudio Project, which is a combined audio and MIDI interface for recording and playback. It's a Firewire interface, and it is hooked up to my studio monitor speakers as well as a pair of headphones. My system has AC97 disabled in the BIOS, and it must stay that way to avoid problems when I run my DAW software under Windows 8. I also plan to disable HDMI audio and any other kind of audio that might be turned on in the graphic card or other places. Again, the Windows DAW is the king that rules, so all other systems and purposes exist at his benevolence.
Mint 14 is very pretty, but I can't seem to get with the Linux mindset and it doesn't help that I have a typical end-user's limits on time and patience. I can't figure out how to add drivers (the original installation was done before I hooked up the Presonus).
The package manager is very descriptive, but you have to read each item individually which is time-consuming, and the filters are kind of sloppily defined. I'm a pure Windows guy so I haven't yet the experience or mindset to determine what I need to install in a Linux environment in order to "make something go". Google searches yield aimless-sounding results and scores of "sudo" commands, which I'm not about to try doing here.
I'm a technical guy, but here in Linux, I'm not a power user and don't have either the time or desire to become an admin (yet). I guess you could say I'm an end-user because I just want to use my Firestudio Project to hear audio and to play a MIDI keyboard or other device without a lot of fuss and without having to write scripts or type in cryptic commands. It would be a huge bonus if i could get even a single mic or line input working for recording. Can this be done?
Intel i7 3930 K
Asus P9X79 WS, 64 GB RAM
320 GB Samsung SATA II hard drive
Linux Mint 14
A living room full of tools, computer parts, a mess of MIDI controllers, a few keyboards, and some guitars. And oh yeah, an electronic drum kit, so that line input needs to be stereo-in!
Urgency is not critical here, this is just a fun project. Well, it's fun until I have to start typing line commands, and then somebody's gonna get hurt! Okay, just kidding. A little.