[linux-audio-user] Focusrite Saffire LE vs. Presonus Firebox

Peter Finnegan petespin at att.net
Wed Dec 13 16:06:30 EST 2006

I use a presonus firebox with good results under the released freebob
1.0.  Jack allows me to do what I need to with the device (e.g. set
samplerate, latency, etc).  I recently recorded a high school Christmas
concert (the school that I teach at) last friday with good results.  My
signal chain:  1pr Rode NT4's -->aphex107 preamp -->firebox line in's.
I had no xruns or ardour dropping jack for the whole 1.5 hour concert.  

I would imagine the firepod to have similar results to the firebox.

On Tue, 2006-12-12 at 13:49 +0100, Daniel Wagner wrote:
> > I'm looking to buy some firewire sound card, and I have got a very good price on a
> > Focusrite Saffire LE, but it says on the Freebob website about the Saffire:
> > "FireWire Interface with DSP - DSP and mixer not supported by FreeBob". What does
> > this mean practically? 
> IRC, the Saffire has configurable mixer build in and a DSP which freebob 
> has no control software (gui etc) for it. If the basic setup (after 
> powering the device up) is ok for you, the thing should work with 
> freebob. But you can't change anything at this point.
> > Which are the pros and cons compared to the Presonus Firebox which I can obtain for
> > a marginally higher price? Is the Focusrite Saffire LE even fully workable under Linux?
> I don't think so (see above)
> > If "mixer" means the included control software for Windows, what possibilities for 
> > controlling the device exists?
> yes
> > And is the support for the Firebox sufficient, or should I go for something completely 
> > different in the same or even lower pricerange?
> > 
> > I'm thinking of even buying a Presonus Firepod if I can get it at a good price, is this
> > something that is 100% supported, or are there still things that need to be fixed?
> Freebob works fairly good but nothing is 100%. There are a few people 
> around which use those devices. Maybe some of them can drop a line if it 
> works for them.
> cheers,
> daniel

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