[Ardour-Users] Multiple USB Input recording ___IS___ needed. No it is not "DUMMB" to want this feature

will cunningham willpanther at gmail.com
Mon Jan 13 14:35:09 PST 2014

I don't think I did a good job of my perspective on my other two posts that
I guess are on two threads now, but to wrap up my point from both threads,
I LOVE the MAudio Delta cards, and was sad the ones I use(d) are gone, as
well as  a couple other cards, but my points are from working with
professionals and trying to see if Ardour3 could replace what they use

Getting a better sense of their assorted needs(I knew NOTHING about
sampling for example) and how they use the software they use now, Ardour3
finishes rounding out this release cycle, and then once one gets over the
learning curve of Ardour3, bam, we're right there.  That was why I
commented that should be the focus of Ardour3 now, and other features later.

Separate from that is where the line of pro vs hobbyist goes where I
personally would draw the line lower from some I work with do.  However,
none of them would use a USB mic for professional recording, or would use
anything besides one sound card, or a series of sound cards with their
clocks synchronized big time.  Podcasts/presentations would be the ceiling
on current USB mics regardless of cost.

That is, while my bar is lower than theirs, there are $70-$200 mics coupled
with an MAudio Delta card that one might consider capable of pro category
output.  I would put it a little under the bar, as I'd want a better
mic-still $350 for what I would call minimum, but that's still A LOT less
then all the RME suite I'm buying for my assorted users needs with high end
preamps etc.

I'm still walking into situations in a different dynamic of budget than
they take for granted not so much for their DAWS, but all the supporting
software they use for their needs.  Ardour3 within the Linux OS with Jack
is the powerful achievement.

Finishing the features that only need a little rounding out and polish
would satisfy those needs, and then accomodating things like USB mics would
come into play.  While poorly expressed, I meant these are exciting times
for Ardour3 as it's really getting there with what I saw as Ardour's main


On Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 3:26 PM, Hibiki Kanzaki <hibikikanzaki at gmail.com>wrote:

> I am not making a statement about what Ardour is or should be, but I
> want to emphasize that the use of devices which convert to the digital
> domain via USB close to the source is becoming more common, and many
> of those users will want to be able to easily connect these devices to
> their computer via nothing more than cables to USB host ports.
> I have no idea whether a professional should or shouldn't use this
> kind of approach, but it can be used to produce audio output which has
> as high a quality as that produced by a professional, and I think it
> will be great if more and more of the people with those devices use
> Ardour to do that.
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