[LAU] OT: external sound for linux card advice

Bernardo Barros bernardobarros2 at gmail.com
Sat Sep 4 13:05:03 UTC 2010

Hi all,

What is the sound card(s) for laptop *less likely* to make problems on Linux?
Anyone of the officially supported by ffado or there are more detailed
information about issues ?

2010/9/4 Jeremy Jongepier <jeremy at autostatic.com>:
> On 09/04/2010 12:44 PM, Lorenzo wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> I'm sure this has been discussed many times, so sorry for
>>> re-iterating... but I guess new drivers and products come out each
>>> day, so here you go:
>>> I'm looking at external audio cards (for use with my laptop)
>>> especially to do multichannel (balanced!) output
>>> - Obviusly they should work with linux-jack (ubuntu if there are any
>>> issues with this distro)
>>> - at least 8 balanced outputs
>> Well,
>> It seems that this topic is much less interesting than the mysteries of
>> the subconscious :)
>> Anyway I may have found a bargain for a Focusrite Saffire PRO 24
>> http://www.focusrite.com/products/saffire/saffire_pro_24/
>> Although the ffado site lists support as experimental
>> (http://www.ffado.org/?q=node/1204) the posts there and other stuff
>> about the pro 10 which I guess is similar make me optimistic about it
>> working.
>> Again it would be nice to hear some current news from someone
>> successfully using it
> Hello Lorenzo,
> The Saffire Pro 24 differs a lot from the Pro 10 IO. The 24 uses the DICE
> chipset and only ffado 2.0.0 from svn trunk supports it. So you have to
> either build it yourself or if you use Ubuntu 10.04 you can grab working
> drivers from my PPA:
> http://ppa.launchpad.net/autostatic/ffado/ubuntu/pool/main/libf/libffado/
> (mixer doesn't work though). FFADO 2.0.1 (the latest stable release) has no
> support for DICE chipsets afaik. That release is mainly to provide support
> for the new Juju FireWire stack.
> I own a Saffire Pro 10 IO myself and I can really recommend it, it just
> works so well with Linux and the audio quality is pretty decent. At work I
> recently hooked up a Saffire Pro 40 (the 24's big brother) to an Ubuntu
> 10.04 machine, that's why I uploaded the FFADO stuff to my PPA, and so far
> it performs very well but I haven't tested it thoroughly yet.
> Best,
> Jeremy
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