[LAU] 64studio, FFADO, no luck

Pieter Palmers pieterp at joow.be
Tue Feb 17 13:47:47 EST 2009

Ken Restivo wrote:
> Well I decided to try again to bring my 64-bit Intel Micro-ITX board
> alive, running 64studio and Ardour, to use as an alternate DAW
> machine at a friend's studio. I gave up trying to make a headless
> softsynth out of it, because it wouldn't boot off of a USB flash
> drive. Now that I have the Atom-based EEE, that's working out rather
> well as a portable softsynth, so I'm trying to find another use for
> the Micro-ITX since it's been sitting around unused for many mohths.
> The studio has two Digidesign Firewire audio interfaces there, one
> with 4 inputs and one with 8. I'd ultimately like to have them both
> running, sync'ed up, for 12 tracks of audio.
> Problem is, 64studio 2.1 seems to have an ancient version of FreeBoB
> (no FFADO) and an even more ancient version of JACKD (0.103.0, the
> same one I've been running for two years now on my laptop).
> Just for grins, I tried to hook up the Digi Firewire box, but jackd
> said "Root node has no children!" over and over again, then
> SIGSEGV'ed. Oh well. gscanbus showed the firewire interface just
> fine, and the binary package of FreeBoB doesn't seem to include the
> "test-freebob" script and tools.
> I dunno. Should I go with Sid? Or do any of the other Debian-derived
> audio distros support FFADO right now?

AFAIK FFADO won't help you with digidesign gear.

> I was hoping to show off how easily a 1.6Ghz 64-bit machine could
> record 12 tracks of audio with low latency using Linux. Alas, the
> knock-yer-socks-off Linux demo might have to wait a while.

It will have to wait until someone convinces digidesign that FFADO is 
something they want to help.



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