[LAU] What 16chan sound card

Leigh Dyer lsd at wootangent.net
Thu Apr 5 08:13:40 UTC 2012

On 5/04/12 3:14 AM, Al Thompson wrote:
> On 04/04/2012 12:57 PM, S. Massy wrote:
>> On Wed, Apr 04, 2012 at 12:05:48PM -0400, Al Thompson wrote:
>>> I don't know of a 16x4 USB device right off hand.
>> Is that even possible? Even with USB 2.0, which might have shaky linux
>> support anyway... Possibly he should investigate other alternatives?
> Good question.  I've been doing a little research, and it's difficult to
> find something that meets his criteria.  Most things that say they are
> "16 channel" apparently are using Mackie Math when they add them up, and
> others that provide USB 2.0 connectivity never claim to be able to
> handle 16 channels simultaneously through USB.

It should be perfectly possible to do this over USB 2.0; I'm just not 
sure you'll find a device to do it that's supported under Linux. There 
are definitely Firewire devices that'll do it, though: I know my Saffire 
PRO40 can do it (it has 8 analog inputs, and an ADAT port that's good 
for 8 more), and I'm sure there are other devices that can do the same.


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