[ardour-users] portable 2 (or more) channel audio interface recommendations?

david headon davidheadonuk at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Jun 4 12:08:55 PDT 2007

I'm having great success with a combination of the RME 9652 hdsp pci card, and the Focusrite Octopre LE.
I tried the Focusrite 26 i/o unit thinking to use the optical ports, but all the routing of that unit is firewire controlled, along with all of the onboard dsp capabilities.
Great unit, but i already had the Hammerfall card, so wanted to go ADAT-optical.
The Octopre ( proper) is equipped with compressors on each channel, which is nice, and an ADAT optical out, BUT has no ADAT input, AND id quite expensive,
so if you need an all in one solution, the 
Octopre-LE, has ADAT in and out, eight platinum mic/line pres, of which two have instrument impedance matching.
the onboard meter is assignable to any of the channels, and the unit slaves nicely to the Hammerfalls internal clock.
Oh ya, the hardware monitoring works flawlessly thru the hammarfall, tho you can switch this over on the Octopre-LE.
I am hoping though, to hear more promising word regarding ongoing development of the Hammerfall drivers, which apparently are no longer being written for ALSA.

I realise these are not cheap options, but i DO think  using  Hammerfall is a great starting point, especially, if you  have an ADAT capable mixing desk!

cheers all-


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