[ardour-users] experience with soundcard over firewire

Christopher Boggs c.boggs at gmail.com
Thu Apr 13 08:52:42 PDT 2006

Cool.. I've been there but never scrolled down to the "Other Devices"

What I'm wondering is how bad the latency is.. And the solutions on firewire
capable mixers I've seen so far seem to be pretty much one way... You can
send 18 channels of audio to the computer, but only return 2 for monitoring.

-----Original Message-----
From: Sampo Savolainen [mailto:v2 at iki.fi] 
Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2006 10:08 AM
To: Christopher Boggs
Cc: ardour-users at lists.ardour.org
Subject: Re: [ardour-users] experience with soundcard over firewire

On Thu, 2006-04-13 at 10:00 -0500, Christopher Boggs wrote:
> I'm interested in this as well, as there are a lot of small format low 
> end mixers and even some mid-end gear that now have Firewire 
> multitrack capability, up to 18 tracks at once (24bit 44.1/44.8) like 
> the Phonic Helix, and Mackie Onyx...I'm wondering how well if at all 
> this would work for multitrack recording with jack/ardour on linux...
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ardour-users-bounces at lists.ardour.org
> [mailto:ardour-users-bounces at lists.ardour.org] On Behalf Of Michal 
> Žeravík
> Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2006 2:00 AM
> To: ardour-users list
> Subject: [ardour-users] experience with soundcard over firewire
> Hi all,
> I have friend with Acer notebook
> and he is thinking about linux try.
> He is musician and wants to buy soundcard connected via firewire or usb.
> Do you have any experience with any supported hardware?
> Are there any problems?

For firewire, this is the only hope under linux: http://freebob.sf.net

Some devices work, some don't. The driver is still in beta / alpha stage.
Also, it's not an alsa driver (yet) and as far as I know, you can only use
jackd with it. Take note that only some firewire devices work with freebob.

USB support is a bit better. But quite dodgy for some devices.

For soundcards supported in general, see the alsa sound card matrix

Sampo Savolainen <v2 at iki.fi>

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