[ardour-users] Survey - what sound card/interface are you using with Ardour?

Jan Depner eviltwin69 at cableone.net
Sat Dec 31 12:01:49 PST 2005

On Sat, 2005-12-31 at 12:29 -0600, Christopher wrote:
> This is just to help me in making my decision as to what interface to
> use in my recording setup, which is currently comprised of Fedora Core
> 3 and Ardour and a crappy old sound card.
> What interface(s)/sound card are you using?  I know alot of it depends
> on the amount of channels you need, so this is mainly for the people
> using smaller setups for home studio recording or small projects.
> Of course, I'd like the most bang for my buck, but currently I really
> only need maybe 4 or 8 channels of A/D conversion.  But my biggest
> concern is driver support.  I know RME has a good record of putting
> out linux drivers, but are there any other companies that do the same,
> even for more sophisticated cards?
> So, I guess one of my questions is, would it be better to have an
> external converter and use an interface card, or a dedicated card that
> does the A/D conversion?

    I've got an ST Audio DSP 2000 C-Port.  These are no longer
manufactured but you can find used ones.  It is basically the equivalent
of the M-Audio Delta 1010.  It uses the envy24 chipset which is
extremely well supported in Linux.  M-Audio makes a number of interfaces
based on this chipset.  My recommendation would be to get a Delta 1010
(I prefer the outboard ADC/DAC) or, if you want to spend a bit less, the
Delta 1010LT.  With the Delta 1010LT you give up balanced I/O and
external conversion.

Jan 'Evil Twin' Depner
The Fuzzy Dice

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