I would like to do some music composition on my linux mint pc, but I have run into instabilities while trying to install and use a low-latency kernel (system freezes, possibly due to conflicts with the nvidia proprietary graphics drivers). So as I see it, I have three options:
- Either use my current system, i.e. the normal, generic kernel
- Install a dedicated audio distribution like Ubuntustudio
- Install the low-latency kernel on my current system but disable my graphics card.
Option 2 involves repartitioning etc so I'd like to avoid that, and option 3 is pretty ugly and tedious to work with. So I would like to know, if I go with option 1, what am I missing out on by not using a low-latency kernel for music production? (both in general, and w.r.t. the linux toolchain in particular)?
If I choose to use a generic kernel for music production, what side-effects, problems can I expect that a low-latency kernel is supposed to solve? Will I not be able to use JACK effectively? Will I be able to record? Will there be a lag in my recordings? Noise / skips / screetches? Will midi input accuracy via piano keyboard suffer?
PS. This question is crossposted from music.SE. I'd also be interested in people's opinion here on whether a linux workflow for music production is more suitable for this forum, and particularly with respect to the comments on that post (i.e. regarding whether the "Music Production" stackexchange proposal should be scrapped in favour of (cross)posting here and at music.SE instead, as per the discussions on the proposal site)