[Ardour-Users] suitable multi-channel recording card?

Brett Clark brett.clark at zirous.com
Fri Dec 18 06:32:07 PST 2009

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Ive been using a Delta 1010 for over 6 years, without issues.  The only things that may be viewed as negative are that it uses a PCI card (so you have to open your machine to install the adapter card), and that its sample rate maxes at 96k.  Other than that its been rock solid for me.  The positives are that the converters are in the breakout box so there isnt any chance of your computer noise leaking into the audio signal ( cooling fans, power supply, etc ).  Firewire and USB devices should have the same advantage.  Also, this works "out of the box" with Fedora Linux (or anything that uses the ALSA framework i assume).
Ive recorded 10 channels simultaniously before at 24/96 ( 8 analog and 2 SPDIF ) with Ardour without any issues.
Good luck!!! 
- --Brett


From: ardour-users-bounces at lists.ardour.org on behalf of Hein Zelle
Sent: Thu 12/17/2009 2:48 PM
To: ardour-users at lists.ardour.org
Subject: [Ardour-Users] suitable multi-channel recording card?

Dear Ardour users,

I hope you don't mind me posting this here, I'll also subscribe to
alsa and linux-audio lists to give it a go.  I'm looking for a new or
second hand sound card that can do multi-channel analog recording for
my band, using linux and ardour.  Preferably 6 channels or more
simultaneously (analog), 4 will do if we really have to.

I'm trying very hard to find suitable cards, but not finding much
apart from hammerfall and maudio 44/66/1010(lt).  Is that really all
of the suitable candidates?  I understood (but would like to stand
corrected) that USB is perhaps not the best choice for 6 channel
simultaneous input.  The alsa sound card matrix has too little
information to be of much help.

Of course our budget is small, so the maudio 1010lt looks tempting, or
a second-hand 1010 for roughly the same price.  All the firewire cards
I've looked at so far (especially maudio) don't seem to have good
linux support.  If a good and affordable external firewire solution
were available, I'd be very much in favour of it.

Suggestions for sound cards (or similar solutions) that will allow 6
channel analong recording and will definitely work with Ardour are
very very welcome!

Kind regards,
     Hein Zelle

 Hein Zelle                     hein at icce.rug.nl
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