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

Jörn Nettingsmeier nettings at stackingdwarves.net
Mon Jan 13 17:51:24 PST 2014

On 01/14/2014 12:25 AM, Hibiki Kanzaki wrote:
> I got the feeling there might be an impression that applications with
> several devices producing output via USB are not suitable for producing
> professional quality audio, or that the reason to buy those devices is
> because they are more inexpensive, rather than because they are flexible
> (versatile) for the user, and get the signal into the digital domain
> close to the source.  I think there is of course a threshold where using
> USB source devices will not be sufficient, but that threshold is
> significantly higher than the threshold for producing professional
> quality audio.

support for USB devices is not within ardour's scope. ardour is not 
concerned with audio interfaces at all, it merely provides access to 
some device-specific configuration. obviously, this has been giving some 
people the wrong impression. you should discuss (multiple) device 
support on the jack and alsa lists.

and no, USB devices are not really suitable for producing professional 
audio unless you make do with just one. e.g. use that USB large 
diaphragm mike to record your podcast, but don't expect to be able to 
record your USB guitar at the same time.
that's a fact of life, and no elitism about that. four unicycles don't 
make a car, unless all you want to do with it is exercise your 
unicycling skills. once you learn about clocks and how digital audio 
works, the problems with multiple USB devices will become evident 
(unless all you want to do is fiddle with your configuration). if you 
don't want to do that (which is fine), you might as well believe people 
who tell you it's a can of worms that's not worth the effort.

in any case, dealing with multi devices is not the job of ardour, in 
much the same way as dealing with keyboard, mouse and screen hardware is 
not the job of your word processing software.

Jörn Nettingsmeier
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