[linux-audio-user] moterhboard and sound card advise

Veronica Merryfield veronica.merryfield at tesco.net
Thu Jul 1 05:38:44 EDT 2004

This will be my only Linux machine, although I am sure more will follow.
I could prototype it, but I was hoping to get a good steer from current
Thanks for the steer on soundcards.
I want 1/4" in and posssibly stereo out. Input from a wireless link from a
bass guitar. Could be balanced in, but would llike unbal as well, same for
output. You are right about USB - not really.
I want to use a pedal board to control it, possibly midi, or with a
digital/analogue IO card. I also have thoughts of using as a synth.

Raises another question - anyone writen a good pitch tracker (thinking
driving synth from audio input).
Veronica Merryfield, somewhere in Cambridgeshire, UK

----- Original Message -----
From: "Daniel James" <daniel at mondodesigno.com>
To: "A list for linux audio users" <linux-audio-user at music.columbia.edu>
Sent: Thursday, July 01, 2004 9:52 AM
Subject: Re: [linux-audio-user] moterhboard and sound card advise

> > I am planing on putting together a rack unit to use as an effects
> > processor.
> > For a sound card I was thinking of
> > creative audigy2 or is this over kill?
> It really depends on the kind of instrument/microphone output and
> mixer input you intend to use. You might want balanced XLR inputs and
> outputs in a rack unit, mic preamps, or 1/4" jack plugs for an
> instrument like a guitar. In that case you could use something like
> an M-Audio Delta 1010LT. A DJ could use unbalanced RCA (aka phono
> plugs) so an M-Audio Audiophile PCI would do the job.
> I figure if it's a rack unit for live use then you don't want to have
> any USB or other dongles hanging off.
> > As this machine is going to spend most of it's time doing DSP, I
> > figured more and high speed RAM is good and hence a faster FSB
> > which I think means a faster processor as well, specially at 400Mhz
> > for the FSB but is it worth it?
> Depends on how many plugins you need to run at once. I can run Jack
> Rack on my PII 300MHz laptop with 160MB RAM with a couple of simple
> plugins. Your best bet is probably to prototype your selection of
> software on a desktop machine before building your rack unit - then
> you'll have an idea of the resources you'll need.
> Cheers
> Daniel

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