[LAU] firewire soundcard, recommendations please

Pieter Palmers pieterp at joow.be
Tue Mar 24 16:47:33 EDT 2009

Petter Sundlöf wrote:
> I couldn't wholeheartedly recommend the Saffire. I have a Saffire (non 
> LE) and running latest ffado I get random crackles when using the mixer 
> and jack/computer crashes when exporting in Ardour.

Not all of these issues are to be attributed to the Saffire.

The crackling on the mixer is due to FFADO sending too much data too 
fast. My opinion is that the device should NOT start crackling, no 
matter what we throw at it. But that's not the case. We should however 
be able to fix this in software.

The crashes when exporting from Ardour are most likely a programming 
issue in FFADO, and will occur with all devices. FFADO is not perfect, 
that's for sure.



> Atte André Jensen skrev:
>> Hi
>> I'm looking for my first firewire soundcard.
>> I need:
>> * min 4 outs
>> * min 4 ins
>> * at least one of the ins should provide 48V
>> * at least 2 (3-4 would be better) ins should be non-48V mic ins
>> Looking at http://www.ffado.org/?q=devicesupport/list, and the price 
>> tags, this brings me down to the following three:
>> Echo AudioFire 4
>> Edirol FA-66
>> Focusrite Saffire LE
>> 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?
>> Thanks in advance for any input.
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