[LAD] What sound cards are recommender by developers? I'll order next week!!!

Ricardo Wurmus ricardo.wurmus at gmail.com
Sat May 21 14:10:33 UTC 2011

If you cannot keep your Envy24 card for MIDI I/O, you might want to check out
the ESI MIDIMATE II. It's a minimal USB MIDI interface (it's really
just a cable,
no box) which works very well in my setup. This could open up a few more
alternatives for you, in case you decide on a device that would
require you to remove
the Envy24 card.

On 21 May 2011 20:37, Ralf <ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net> wrote:
> Pardon that I ask this on the developers list, but it seems to be the
> best place regarding to the information about hardware, that is or isn't
> well supported for or by Linux.
> I'm flirting with the idea of buying a RME PCI card or firewire device
> or if recommended a card from another vendor. The device should have
> around 4 analog IOs, for MIDI I could keep one of my Envy24 cards, as
> long as a new device only needs one PCI slot. I guess PCI is less
> problematic than firewire?
> I'll order next week.
> It's important that the analog IOs and converters etc. keep the sound
> without audible loss, similar to consumer equipment, that is not the
> most worse. Professional sound quality isn't needed, but my TerraTec EWX
> 24/96 or similar Envy24 cards and all those onboard devices I ever
> heard, don't reach good consumer quality, they produce marked loss for
> the sound quality.
> I could spend 800,- EUR or less ;).
> Any recommendations for sound cards?
> I already got some recommendations and until now this one seems to be
> the most confidence inspiring device ... just a feeling ;):
> http://www.thomann.de/gb/rme_digi_9632_hdsp_pcikarte.htm
> OTOH, I'm doubtful, regarding to the costs. I thought that new devices
> are more expensive.
> Somebody else recommended this one:
> http://www.thomann.de/gb/focusrite_saffire_pro_40.htm
> I can't ask friend, because they won't care about compatibility to
> Linux :(, I guess that e.g. Motu isn't (well) supported.
> Before I order a sound device, I'll ask if I could test it, when
> ordering at Thomann or a similar dealer. The problem is that I have to
> order, because AFAIK there are no good music stores near to my hometown
> Oberhausen/Rheinland, that are easily reachable by public transit,
> dunno, perhaps Kurt Spiecker + Dirk Pulch are still ok.
> Best,
> Ralf
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