PAWN & SPAWN: Portable and Semi-Portable Audio Workstation
Source: University of Virginia
PAWN consists of a laptop running Linux with full duplex audio input and output abilities. Its primary function is to facilitate performance by eliminating the need for rack mounted synthesis equipment and effects processors. It is capable of reading / writing MIDI data through MIDIator (tm) serial MIDI interface. Hence it also works well within the traditional electroacoustic and studio models. The range of systems under which Linux can run makes PAWN an affordable solution. It can be configured on a high end state of the art machine, as well as one several generations old ... at reduced cost. Being an open system, cost is limited only by hardware configuration.