[LAU] firewire soundcard, recommendations please
Gabriel M. Beddingfield
gabriel at teuton.org
Tue Mar 24 08:40:34 EDT 2009
Atte André Jensen wrote:
> Now I'm looking for recommendations. I assume they all work flawlessly
> with linux, right? How about sound quality (convertes, preamps), latency
> and stabillity? Are there any cards I've overlooked, esp something
> that'll provide 3-4 mic preamps?
You may already know this... but in case you don't:
Warning! At the moment, firewire on linux *typically* requires personal love
and care (installing libraries, compiling from source, googling until your eyes
are shot) to get your setup up-and-running. It is generally *not*
plug-and-play. Some distro's either provided the Freebob driver or the newer
FFADO driver, or both. Some compile JACK without FFADO support. Some devices
require prayer and fasting in order to divine a configuration string for a driver.
However, Fireware *does* work on Linux if you pick the right device -- and it's
getting better all the time. Your best resources for hardware and config. are:
* The FFADO web site (http://www.ffado.org/). They have a list
of supported, recommended, and NOT recommended devices.
* this mailing list (search the archives). This list is full
of the wranglings of many people trying to get their firewire
device to work.
* the LAD (developer) mailing list
FWIW, my brother has a Saffire that he got running over Christmas, but it wasn't
fun. AFAIK, it works OK.
If you're still game: awesome! However, if you're wanting something that is
more plug-and-play... you might look into PCI or USB solutions.
Hope this helps,
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