This site is dedicated to setting up and using Ubuntu-Studio LTS with Jack Audio Connection Kit and Rivendell Radio Automation for radio broadcasting purposes.
The initial configurations will be for the latest (As of May 2015) Ubuntu-StudioLong Term Support version 14.04.x distribution. Ubuntu-Studio is an official variant of the popular desktop Linux operating system Ubuntu that has been configured for media content development and presentation. Ubuntu-Studio comes with the stripped down presentation manager Xfce that provides a much snappier and lower resource consuming user interface than the regular Ubuntu Unity interface. Unity is pretty, but can get in the way of multimedia production.
One of the big benefits of Ubuntu Studio is that the wonderful Jack Audio Connection Kit is pre-installed. With Jack you can connect up the audio (and midi) ports of all your applications as you need – your media player can be connected to an audio processor, a silence sensor, and some EBU level meters, with the audio processor’s output going to a master mixer and an icecast streaming client, for example. NetJack1 and NetJack2 along with jack.trip can be used to connect computers together on a LAN to share resources.
KXStudio is another distribution of Ubuntu which is similar to Ubuntu Studio, but is not an official Ubuntu distribution, and does not appear to be kept up-to-date as Ubuntu Studio. There are tools for managing Jack in KXStudio which make life so much better than the standard tools that you would be foolish to skip the Jack tools Cadence, Catia and Claudia.
We will also use the open source Radio Station Automation system, Rivendell. It will be configured and set up for running a complete radio station.
There are a plethora of websites that have helpful hints on making these systems work together. A lot of the hints are out of date and some are just plain incorrect. I will try to keep you on track by detailing the ways that the new versions of this software actually play together, and how I have found to avoid pitfalls (after falling into them!).