[LAU] What 16chan sound card

Kaza Kore dj_kaza at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 5 18:02:28 UTC 2012

> Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2012 18:13:40 +1000
> From: lsd at wootangent.net
> To: linux-audio-user at lists.linuxaudio.org
> Subject: Re: [LAU] What 16chan sound card
> 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.
> Thanks
> Leigh

What about the RME UCX and related cards? Doesn't provide the mic channels but I thought it was meant to operate fully on USB.
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