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Netbook boasts Linux multi-track recording suite

May 15, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Trinity Audio Group announced a netbook version of its Linux-based multi-track recording product. The Indamixx Netbook Model 2 is an Intel Atom-based MSI Wind, with a 10-inch screen, 3G, and a 160GB hard drive, pre-installed with Trinity Audio's digital mixing and editing suite.

(Click for larger view of the Indamixx Netbook Model 2)


Indamixx handheld
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As with the MID-like handheld Indamixx device (right) released last summer, the Indamixx Netbook Model 2 is loaded with Trinity Audio's multi-track audio package, letting users record, edit, equalize, audition, and mix audio at claimed rates of up to 32-bit/96Khz. The handheld version won Remix Magazine's 'Most Innovative' Product of 2009, according to Trinity Audio.

The Indamixx netbook is a private-label version of the MSI Wind U100 netbook (pictured below), first released last June. Measuring 0.23 x 7.1 x 1.25 inches, the device is equipped with an overclocked 2GHz Intel Atom N270, and Intel's 945GMS northbridge and ICH7M southbridge. The Indamixx model is loaded up with 2GB of RAM.


MSI Wind U100

Other Indamixx Netbook Model 2 hardware features include a 160GB HDD, a multi-card reader, gigabit Ethernet, and three USB 2.0 ports. Communications features include WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G support. The 10-inch display is said to offer 1024 x 600 resolution.

The preloaded Linux software mix still appears to be based largely on 64Studio, a community project that maintains a Linux distribution for creative content professionals, such as A/V producers and recording engineers. However, Trinity Audio has now ported its suite to a “Transmission 3.0” distribution based on Ubuntu Linux 9.04, says the company.

As with the original Indamixx, the software pre-load includes:

  • A “homebrew” version of jackdmp, a kind of software patchbox for real-time-enabled Linux systems
  • Ardour 2.4.1 — the standard quirky but effective DAW (digital audio workstation) for advanced Linux users
  • Audacity 1.3.5 — a popular ultra-simple open source DAW available for lots of platforms
  • Energy XT 2.1 — a loop-based MIDI sequencer claimed similar to Logic and Fruity Loops, packages popular with rappers
  • Hydrogen-Drums – Virtual Drum Machine — an open source, programmable drum machine supporting custom drumkits (of which a dozen are bundled)
  • Mixxx 1.6 – Virtual DJ Software — a dj software application compared to Serato Scratch Live or Stanton's Final Scratch
  • VST Host — enables the commercial VST audio effects software plugins
  • Various standard Linux audio software packages:
    • ALSA Modular Synth
    • Audio CD Extractor
    • Gnome ALSA Mixer
    • Gnome CD Master
    • Gnome Mplayer
    • IDJC – Personal Internet Radio Station
    • QJackControl
    • Rhythmbox Music Player
    • Seq 24 “old-skool” looper
    • Zynaddsubfx soft-synth

Founded four years ago, Trinity Audio initially worked through a series of custom hardware designs, before opting for off-the-shelf hardware. Its first design used a low-powered ARM processor, while a follow-up design stepped up to a Geode LX-800. Neither reached market in any quantity, however.

The Indamixx handheld shown earlier in our story appears to have had wider circulation. It is based on an off-the-shelf Samsung Q1, an ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) released in May 2006. The device is powered by an Intel A110 processor clocked at 800MHz. It has 1GB of RAM, expandable to 2GB, a 40GB hard drive, and a 7-inch 1024 x 600 touchscreen display with external VGA port. I/O includes a pair of USB 2.0 ports, wired and wireless Ethernet, and the Q1's standard audio I/O interfaces. There are also built-in speakers, an 8-way joystick, onboard mouse, and both software and split-Qwerty keyboards.

Stated Trinity Audio Creative Director Ronald Stewart, “We provide the most affordable full featured mobile recording studio in the world. The Indamixx Netbook is an ideal product for music beginners and priced perfectly for the masses.”

Availability

The Indamixx Netbook Model 2 is available now for pre orders at a price of $500. More information on the netbook may be found on the Musician's Friend website, here.


 
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