[LAU] USB soundcard recommendation

david gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Sun Oct 3 22:23:33 UTC 2010

Arnold Krille wrote:
> 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.

Yah, my UCA202 can do input or output @ 48KHz, but not both 
simultaneously. Overloads the USB port.

> 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.

Actually, my understanding is that there has been a USB2 audio standard 
for quite a while, but no vendors have ever made a device compliant with it.

> 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€.

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