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We're evaluating options for a live recording setup in a church. Because the budget is tight, we're looking at running Linux with two Delta 1010's.

So far I've Audacity and Ardour. So far I'm leaning towards Ardour because it's got a more familiar environment for our uses, and it's bundled with a flavour of Ubuntu.

What other pieces of software are out there for Linux?

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After converting to Linux specifically for the purpose of producing music, and using it for several years, I'd recommend not using it at all. Linux audio is a nightmare, and really only appropriate if you have no money, a lot of idealism, and aren't a professional. Windows or Mac are much more reliable for audio. –  endolith Dec 15 '10 at 19:09
@endolith - No Money: Check. Idealism: Check (it is a church, after all). Not a professional: Check. –  Mark Henderson Dec 15 '10 at 20:45
@endolith - all good, I'm not the one that's going to have to use it every week :) –  Mark Henderson Dec 15 '10 at 21:46
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I believe Audacity is intended for stereo recording and basic editing.

Ardour is aimed at the traditional DAW market, like other products such as Sonar & ProTools.

If you are looking to produce a podcast, Audacity is probably the best tool. If you are looking to produce a musical album, Ardour is probably the best tool.

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Audacity's recording capabilities are very very limited, and it can't record multiple tracks simultaneously (one 5.1 track - yes, 2 solo voices - no). It's only suitable for recording radio shows or lp/cassette conversions or may be your church program live, one mic non-stop.

Ardour works great. probably the best choice, and there's Jokosher

Reaper can be made to work in linux. Not free, but uncrippled, unexpiring trial version available.

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Rosegarden is an alternative http://www.rosegardenmusic.com/

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Thanks. I like the look of it, I'll give it a go. –  Mark Henderson Dec 8 '10 at 23:33
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