I am going to have a stroke trying to compile a rt-kernel and I'm just not proficient enough to accomplish this task in a timely fashion.
Can someone please direct me to a rpi3 distro that will run linuxsampler with reasonable latency? I'm looking to just flash a copy of someone's SD card. I've wasted way too much time here and am fed up.
Thank you for your time and attention in this matter!
Edit #1 (to include what research I've done so far in the matter):
I had http://www.samplerbox.org/ running on my device but found the latency to be too high, especially noticeable in the lower octaves. (Which is to be expected, but is where RT seems to really shine)... I tried cross compiling per the instructions on https://github.com/dddomin3/DSPi , but it failed to build although I paid exacting attention to detail to the tune of 5 hours yesterday)...
I tried another set of build instructions and then bricked my device this morning, which compelled me to ask the community for help.
Edit#2: I am currently setting up a zynthian build, per Matt's helpful recommendation below, and following up with the guidance from the forum post he linked to. I will provide another edit of my results after testing that--thank you!