[LAU] 8 balanced out interface suggestions

Fons Adriaensen fons at linuxaudio.org
Sat Aug 6 13:33:34 UTC 2016

On Sat, Aug 06, 2016 at 09:35:06AM -0300, Iain Mott wrote:

> I need to set up a linux computer with 8 balanced outputs for an
> event next month and I'd like to ask what are the current
> makes/models that work well in Linux, ie. with simple installation.
> It will be set up on a desktop linux computer so a PCI card
> interface will be OK. It doesn't need to have a mixer and the number
> of inputs isn't important.
> I personally use a RME Multiface Mark 1. It's very old and in recent
> years it has become a bit unreliable on start up (it needs to be
> pre-warmed-up to start up properly ) so I don't want to risk taking
> it.

An RME Multiface II is the first thing I'd think of if you want
8 high quality balanced line outs. And since you already have
the interface...

Other options would be anything having an ADAT output combined
with an 8-ch AD converter such as the Aphex 141.

I recently got an RME Babyface Pro. Works great in CC mode, and
has ADAT out (as well as 2 balanced and 2 unbalanced line outs
of its own).

The problem with your old Multiface could be just some ageing
components. Capacitors in the power circuits would be the first
suspects. Could be easy to fix.



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