[LAU] Phonic Helix Board 12 FireWire MKII compatibility(linux/ffado)

pete shorthose zenadsl6252 at zen.co.uk
Tue Feb 3 06:44:10 EST 2009

On Mon, 2 Feb 2009 11:59:15 -0000
"Simon W. Fielding" <s.fielding at wmcce.org> wrote:

> > I'm thinking of picking up a Phonic Helix Board 12 FireWire MKII
> > (soundcard mixer combo)
> > Has anyone used this on linux with ffado and jack succesfully?
> > If so, are there any limitations on linux and what sort of performance
> > did you see?
> > (latency vs load)
> > (the ffado site lists it as "reported to work" but no specifics and
> > it's not listed as supported)
> I think the ffado.org "reported to work" was mine. I didn't do any
> serious testing of this. I built ffado (pre-rc), plugged it in and
> checked I could get signals into and through Jack and back out to the
> soundcard - it all seemed to work but the mixer belongs to my workplace
> so I couldn't do much more than that.

Ok, thanks. Maybe that's enough to risk it.

> Although it's 10 channels out to
> the DAW, it's only 2 channels back to the soundcard so a bit restricted
> if you want to monitor anything other than the complete mix.

I looked at the m-audio NRV10 initially as it has the full 10 channel return plus an 
extra XLR/preamp and inserts on all channels but it's £130 more expensive for it.
I'd be using it for relay recording anyway not live mixing of multiple sources and I
don't do any surround work so i'm not sure it's worth it. Not to me anyway,


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