[LAU] Recommended soundcard

Michal Seta mis at artengine.ca
Fri Dec 21 23:52:03 UTC 2012

I've been very satisfied with RME PCMCIA + Multiface (yes, a dinosaur, I
actually don't use it so much since I got a newer laptop that does not have
a PCMCIA slot). Also, the PCI version of RME (HDSP) with Multiface II has
been very good to me. In the past, I used M-Audio Delta 44 (PCI) and now
also own PreSonus AudioBox USB that I am somewhat satisfied with. The
latter two are not really pro... The PreSonus generates some faint
glitches, I presume influences by the GPU (it mostly happens when I move
windows around or other things that cause screen redraws. Probably some IRQ
issue or MoBo or something (it's a laptop...). Moreover, the PreSonus
AudioBox USB is a stereo card. I recently purchased PreSonus AudioBox VSL
44 (USB 4 I/O) but they don't work with Linux out of the box and I did not
make it to work so returned it. I've had luch with Edirol and PreSonus
firewire devices but it seems to be a moving target because in some
situation it was a pain to make FW interfaces work. Also, they did not
behave very well with Jack.

The company I work at has purchased recently RME MADI but we also got a Mac
so I am not sure if I will be able to test those on Linux, although I am
very inclined to do so.


On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 4:25 AM, Dan MacDonald <allcoms at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Tim!
> We've had countless threads on this here and on the LinuxMusicians forum
> and I can summarise it like so:
> Buy RME stuff if you've got the money. Focusrite are the best supported
> Firewire devices although to be honest I can't recommend going down that
> route (Firewire/FFADO) as its pretty much a dead interface.
> If you want a USB device, RME do a class-compliant device that SHOULD work
> but its pricey and I haven't heard of anyone confirming JACK likes it yet
> but there is also the audiobox 1818vsl and the Focusrite Scarlett USB 2.0
> devices which are known to work under Linoox if you're working on a smaller
> budget.
> On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 1:48 AM, Tim Humphrey <drthumph at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Does anyone have a recommendation for a professional quality soundcard
>> that runs on Linux Ubuntu (from version 10 onwards)?
>> Don't want to commit to a card and then find out it doesn't work!
>> Thanks
>> Tim
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