[ardour-users] Saffire 26 i/o

Dan Tepper dan at wintaper.com
Thu Mar 15 20:38:52 PDT 2007

I recently got 3 Focusrite Saffire 26i/o units, which I run via ADAT
into my RME HDSP9652. The Focusrites were quirky as hell but after 4
days of experimentation I finally got it all to work and they sound
great - all 24 inputs! The short answer is - if you're using adat/optic
-  use standalone mode on the saffire and do NOT connect to firewire -
the unit apparently will not send signal to both simultaneously - and it
peaks all the adat channels when sending audio to the firewire. I can
post my full findings if anybody cares - otherwise I'll save myself some


PS: the 26i/o units also came up in qjack via firewire when I ran jack
in freebob mode. didn't try recording - but all the ins and outs showed up.

david headon wrote:
> I recently bought a Focusrite saffire 26i/o -
> hoping to employ its ADAT lightpipe i/o with my RME Hammerfall card.
> What a disaster! A variety of weird crashy-things in the HDSP mixer, ( innitially hopeful, inputs show healthy levels, then, all the meters PEAK and stay flashing and doing weird crashed-gui stuff)
> when i set the QjackCTL to 0 inputs, jack ran fine ( ? )
>  then, ran ardour and got recordable input to several tracks, to far so good.
> I still hadn't heard anything out of the saffire headphone out.
> i am guessing that it only runs under firewire-windows-mac( asio )
> i have tried launching be-bob in the command line, it runs, recognizes the device, then says 'WAITING>>>'
> I'm going to exchange for and Octo pre with ADAT S/PDIF etc card.
> If anyone has experience with the Saffire 26I/O , please advise!
> thanx-
> dav-0
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