[LAU] USB soundcard recommendation

Arnold Krille arnold at arnoldarts.de
Sun Oct 3 17:24:10 UTC 2010

On Sunday 03 October 2010 12:41:30 allcoms wrote:
> Hi
> Seeing as we have the ability, we'd like to record and mix @ 96Khz but
> my band mates internal laptop sound chipset can't do any better than
> 48Khz hence he can't use it for mixing and he's looking out for
> something that'd work well with ALSA thats guaranteed to be able to
> run JACK (at least for playback) at 24-bit/ 96Khz.

I am not so sure you will get that many recommendations given that you seem to 
need 96kHz.
The problem is that usb1.1 doesn't have enough bandwidth to do 96kHz, at least 
not when there is two channels each for input and output.
And usb2 didn't have an audio-standard for a long time, so all devices use 
their own protocol and therefor don't really have a linux-driver.

If your laptop allows it, I can recommend a firewire-device like the focusrite 
saffire pro24 which would do 4 analog inputs and 6 analog outputs at 44kHz, 
48kHz and 96kHz. And additionally has spdif io and an adat input. And the 
price is somewhere around 300€.

Have fun,

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