[Ardour-Dev] Funding: Build and Sell Hardware

Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Wed Jan 21 12:45:03 PST 2009

On Wed, 2009-01-21 at 20:55 +0000, John Rigg wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 04:09:19AM +0700, Hans Baier wrote:
> > Take expresscard, put in a number of ICE1712
> > and some nice DAC/ADC together with a MIDI chip,
> > (perhaps make it modular to being able to add more ICEs, if needed),
> > find someone in China, Malaysia (or I can find one here in Indonesia)
> > who assembles it.
> The way things are going, only the low end of the market (ie. people
> who don't use DAWs) will be using PCI/PCIe cards with built in
> converters before long.
> For low channel counts (8 or less) firewire is taking over.

You must have missed apple's recent announcement :)

Its unclear what will happen to firewire now that they have dropped it
from their most accessible laptops. It may make little difference, it
may make all the difference in the world.

> For higher channel counts everyone will be using digital
> interface cards and external converters. It's already happening.

the question is still how the data gets from the external i/o box into
the computer: PCI and its derivatives, firewire or something else?


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