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    1.3 of xwax is out! xwax is really awesome. If you're a vinyl DJ and a linux user I certainly recommend checking it out

    The announcement email on the mailing list

    http://xwax.org/ - The homepage
    http://wiki.xwax.org/ - The wiki, containing useful getting started information
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    Ohh and I just got this email- exciting stuff

    http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/m...sg_id=30163070
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    :-)

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    Hi oddworld

    Do you use xwax?
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    Hello

    I don't run Xwax ( will check it out again soon) but I'm a opensource supporter so any news from the opensource crowd is good.

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    I hope I will have time to test it this weekend.

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    Hello guys! I made a short videyuh on compiling and installing xwax.



    edit: replaced with newer, better version. yeahh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPopinjay View Post
    1.3 of xwax is out! xwax is really awesome. If you're a vinyl DJ and a linux user I certainly recommend checking it out

    The announcement email on the mailing list

    http://xwax.org/ - The homepage
    http://wiki.xwax.org/ - The wiki, containing useful getting started information
    @MrPopinjay: I was just browsing around and saw your post on xwax and checked out your setup. I am interested in checking it out! I am a long-time Linux user and open-source supporter and definitely want to take a look. I have Traktor Scratch and a DN-X1700 mixer (scratch certified) but would definitely want to look into a minimal Linux DVS setup.

    I see you use had (still have) the Audio 4. How do you find it, easy to use, install etc. on Linux? If I may ask, what are the hardware specs for your Linux machine?

    Thanks,
    Traktor: Kontrol X1, Kontrol F1, DN-MC3000, DN-X1700
    Ableton: Launchpad, nanoKontrol2, LPK-25, BCR2000

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    It's plug and play

    The software mixer doesn't really work afaik but I've never used it, you can change from line to phono inputs with two lines I'll post below. It presents as 2 sub-devices, which I think can cause some funny problems using it without an .asoundrc file with things like JACK and renoise if you want to use all the ins and outs but since xwax + ALSA wants device names for individual stereo pairs it works perfectly.

    To set it to phono:
    Code:
    $ amixer -c Audio4DJ cset numid=1 0
    To set it to line:
    Code:
    $ amixer -c Audio4DJ cset numid=1 1
    A DNX1700? Cool! It'd be great if we could confirm that it's soundcard plays nicely with linux (you can just plug it in and select it as a audio output with your desktop environment, right?) We could put together an .asoundrc file for it (which is something I don't know how to do but hey, gotta learn somehow) and then maybe even give it some midi control since we have generic midi controller support in early development atm.
    Personally I dream about getting all the fancy current gen club mixers up and running so xwax can become pretty much plug and play with them. Maybe even make an extensive unified .asoundrc file and fancy xwax startup script that detects what soundcard you currently have plugged in and then launches xwax with the appropriate flags.

    My laptop (which is my gigging machine) is a POS but it's wayyyy more than powerful enough for xwax.

    Code:
    louis@louis-Lenovo-G550:~$ screenfetch
                              ./+o+-
                      yyyyy- -yyyyyy+      louis@louis-Lenovo-G550
                   ://+//////-yyyyyyo      OS: Ubuntu precise i686
               .++ .:/++++++/-.+sss/`      Kernel: i686 Linux 3.2.0-34-generic
             .:++o:  /++++++++/:--:/-      Uptime: 11h 51m
            o:+o+:++.`..```.-/oo+++++/     Packages: 1795
           .:+o:+o/.          `+sssoo+/    Shell: bash
      .++/+:+oo+o:`             /sssooo.   Resolution: 1366x768
     /+++//+:`oo+o               /::--:.   DE: XFCE
     \+/+o+++`o++o               ++////.   WM: Xfwm4
      .++.o+++oo+:`             /dddhhh.   WM Theme: Greybird-compact
           .+.o+oo:.          `oddhhhh+    GTK2 Theme: Greybird
            \+.++o+o``-````.:ohdhhhhh+     GTK3 Theme: Not Found
             `:o+++ `ohhhhhhhhyo++os:      Icon Theme: elementary-xfce-dark
               .o:`.syhhhhhhh/.oo++o`      Font: Droid Sans 10
                   /osyyyyyyo++ooo+++/     CPU: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 900 @ 2.20GHz
                       ````` +oo+++o\:     RAM: 875MB / 1975MB
    Gotta love a single core 2.20GHz CPU _

    The xwax requirements are:

    Modest CPU, Pentium III 600 or faster (more the better)
    Lots of RAM, typically 512Mb or more
    Which kind of makes you realise just how bloated Traktor and SSL are for people just after timecode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPopinjay View Post
    ...
    A DNX1700? Cool! It'd be great if we could confirm that it's soundcard plays nicely with linux (you can just plug it in and select it as a audio output with your desktop environment, right?) We could put together an .asoundrc file for it (which is something I don't know how to do but hey, gotta learn somehow) and then maybe even give it some midi control since we have generic midi controller support in early development atm.
    Personally I dream about getting all the fancy current gen club mixers up and running so xwax can become pretty much plug and play with them. Maybe even make an extensive unified .asoundrc file and fancy xwax startup script that detects what soundcard you currently have plugged in and then launches xwax with the appropriate flags.
    ...
    My laptop (which is my gigging machine) is a POS but it's wayyyy more than powerful enough for xwax.
    ...
    Gotta love a single core 2.20GHz CPU _
    ...
    Which kind of makes you realise just how bloated Traktor and SSL are for people just after timecode.
    I am without a personal Linux machine at the moment, which is ironic since for my work, I have a cluster with 32 compute nodes all running Ubuntu...

    As soon as I can resurrect one of my old machines and get Ubuntu running on it, I will try the DN-X1700 and see if it works with xwax. For the time being, I will be limited to running Linux on a desktop as the only spare laptop I had got coffee spilled all over it and now it is dead! Anyway, the fact that I can get a fairly modest system and be able to run DVS on it is a real draw for me!

    Out of curiosity, what turntables do you have? and how do you like them for DVS? I may be looking to replace my old decks with something in the future.
    Traktor: Kontrol X1, Kontrol F1, DN-MC3000, DN-X1700
    Ableton: Launchpad, nanoKontrol2, LPK-25, BCR2000

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