[LAU] FreeBob and Metric Halo

Thomas Vecchione seablaede at gmail.com
Tue Dec 4 12:00:40 EST 2007

Replying off-list, thanks for the time.


On Dec 4, 2007 10:59 AM, Pieter Palmers <pieterp at joow.be> wrote:

> Thomas Vecchione wrote:
> > Howdy-
> >
> >   I know at one point there was talk of FreeBob supporting the Metric
> > Halo interfaces as they were willing to give all necessary documentation
> > on them.  Well I have come to a point where I need to replace my laptop
> > interface that has died and would like to stick with one that is Linux
> > compatible, and Metric Halo was strongly recommended by a friend that is
> > on the Mac, so I was wondering if there was any update to the status of
> > the Metric Halo support on Linux?  Anyone know?
> >
> >   Short of that I would go with RME and either a multiface or digiface,
> > not sure which, but would rather go with Metric Halo if they are
> > supported.  Primarily my laptop runs the Mac OS so I can get by without
> > support for a little while, but I am looking to put Linux back on it
> > when it is not in show mode.
> The Metric Halo devices are currently not supported by FFADO, and won't
> be in the upcoming release. This due to the fact that I haven't heard
> anything from Metric Halo for quite some time now. They agreed on
> providing specs and test devices, but haven't done that yet.
> Since FFADO is built as a framework with heterogeneous devices in mind,
> I don't think it will be difficult implement support for them. Once all
> data is available, along with a test device, it should be a matter of
> weeks to get the basic I/O functionality running. That would exclude the
> fancy DSP stuff, which would probably take a few months to implement.
> For as long as I can I will implement FFADO support for all firewire
> audio devices for which their manufacturer provides the needed info and
> hardware. However I'm not going to actively try to convince vendors to
> provide these things. After all it's my spare time, and I'd rather fill
> it with coding than with convincing reluctant vendors.
> So the bottom line is (for all firewire audio devices):
> If you can convince the manufacturers to provide what they should, I'll
> do the coding. If not, I'm sorry. But I do have the impression that
> (potential) customers exercise more weight than a developer.
> In case of Metric Halo: they contacted us with the question whether we
> could support their devices. That was almost two years ago. Since then
> nothing moved since they didn't have time. But as we all know, time can
> be freed... So I guess that if you contact them, their answer might be
> positive.
> Greets,
> Pieter Palmers
> FFADO Developer
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