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OSStudio Concept

The Open Source Studio is a push back against the consistent abuse of audio engineers and studios by the professional audio industry. Their use of proprietary protocols and designs harms everyone, and makes it harder for those of us who want to enjoy ourselves in the studio to do so. After all, when you're spending $150 on a piece of gear, minimum, because it has Dante capabilities, it's much harder to acquire gear at all. So, instead of relying on proprietary industry gear, the Open Source Studio is designed so that anyone and everyone can build it, customize it, and use it.

All of the designs for the hardware used in OSStudio, the software, and the firmware are open source, and everything else we use are open standards. (… There's a caveat, below.) Anyone can see them, anyone can edit them (although we request that your edits make things better, and the license specifically says that you try to inform of us of edits), and most importantly, anyone can use them. Hardware costs money, which is unfortunately the most limiting factor for building something like this, but our goal is to make it so that the only costs are acquiring and building the hardware, instead of having to pay for licenses just to use proprietary standards.

That caveat: Chip design and creation is both time consuming and incredibly expensive. This throws a bit of a wrench in the “everything open” plan and hope. However: we're still going to do our absolute best to use open chips, where they exist, and do our best to ethically source the chips that we can't get openly. In the end, it's up to you whether you want to just go with other chips that don't fall under those categories, but for this project it's important to do our best to stay open and ethical.

Vision

We intend to build audio studios and live rigs using Ethernet to transport large amounts of high quality audio. We focus on the points from which an instrument (mics included) is plugged into an analog receptacle, to the time it goes into a computer, or out an analog receptacle into speakers. We are focusing on building modular systems that can be dropped in and configured quickly, using open hardware and open software. The end results of this project are specifically aimed at Audio Engineers, both of the studio and live variety.

concept.txt · Last modified: 2020/09/16 03:44 by silksnep