[ardour-users] A decent sound card for Ardour

Nick Scheer nscheer at gmail.com
Mon Dec 18 06:42:47 PST 2006

Hi John,

I actually doubt that very many people use the on-board "stock" sound
hardware on their motherboards with Ardour, since the functionality and
quality generally isn't up to snuff for that kind of work.

I am currently using an M Audio Delta 66, and am happy with it. I would do a
little research and find a card that suits your particular needs, then
verify that it is well-supported under Linux. The ALSA project website has a
soundcard matrix  at http://www.alsa-project.org/alsa-doc/ which I have
found to be extremely useful for this purpose.



On 12/18/06, John Emmas <johne53 at tiscali.co.uk> wrote:
> In the not-too-distant future I'm hoping to do some development work for
> Ardour - so one of my first tasks was to get Linux up & running on my PC.
> I'm entirely new to Linux and I must admit, I've been less than impressed
> with its clunky and patchy method of installing drivers.  Once things
> work,
> they tend to work quite well - but getting them to work in the first place
> is a long and very arduous process.
> The past 5 weeks have been hugely frustrating.  Lots of my hardware (even
> including my graphics card !! ) failed to work properly.  But little by
> little I've overcome the problems and got everything (almost) working.
> However, I doubt that I'll be able to find a driver for my sound card - an
> Antex StudioCard - so a new sound card will have to be my next purchase.
> I guess that most people are just using Ardour with the standard on-board
> sound hardware (supplied with their motherboards).  But are there any
> 'high
> end' cards I should be looking at?  For example, multi-channel sound cards
> -
> or cards that support Dolby 5.1 / 7.1 etc?  In theory, 5.1 is supported by
> my motherboard but I've never figured out where the outputs
> are..!!  Thanks.
> John
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