[LAU] FireWire audio on Linux: past, present and future

Alexandre Prokoudine alexandre.prokoudine at gmail.com
Fri Jun 15 14:46:17 UTC 2012

On Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 6:13 PM, Dave Phillips wrote:

> Excellent article/interviews. However, it ignores a rather salient
> development - the gradual disappearance of Firewire from desktop and laptop
> machines. The last time I shopped I was surprised to see that FW, like PCI,
> is becoming rare hardware, presumably due to improved performance from USB3
> (?).

It's rather because of USB2 stack on WIndows becoming more solid.
There were times when some M-Audio's USB2 interfaces couldn't be used
on Windows at all due to IRQ collisions. A friend of mine gave up on
one and exchanged it to a FireWire interface some 6 or 7 years ago,
and that was quite common.

So, I thought about this, but then again I couldn't find much info on
actual rejection of FireWire by vendors as in numbers, stats etc. So I
thought I'd rather skip it.

Thunderbolt is an interesting approach, but I've yet to see a single
audio interface for real work, not fun, using it.

> Otherwise a fine piece. Thanks for the pointer, Alex !

You are welcome :)

Alexandre Prokoudine

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