[LAU] Focusrite Saffire Pro 10, firewire and freewheel

Mathias Buhr mathias.buhr at apparatus.de
Sat Jun 25 21:06:55 UTC 2016

On 25.06.2016 22:48, Maurizio Berti wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm going to buy an used Focusrite Saffire Pro 10, but I wanted to be
> sure about its usability on linux and ardour before.
> According to the ffado page about it, the support is complete, but it
> looks like there's a bug while on freewheeling mode, as reported here:
> http://subversion.ffado.org/ticket/359.
> What I need to understand is the bug still exists (sometimes bugs just
> disappear, or are resolved from another upgrade and are forgotten) or,
> eventually, if the related alsa/firewire stack (the Saffire seems to be
> compatible with the snd-bebob driver) has the same problem too.
> Does anyone here have such a device and can report his/her experience?
> Thank you for your help,
> MaurizioB
> PS:
> Sorry for double posting here and in other forum/ML. The vendor has
> kindly agreed to wait for an answer from me, but I don't want to take
> too much advantage of it.
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Hi Maurizio,

There is a good chance that this device will work out of the box on
recent kernels. You might not need ffado and hence, the bug might not be
present. See [1] for reference.
>From my own experience, I can recommend DICE-based devices (like TC
Eletronic stuff and some Focusrite devices). I own a StudioKonnekt 48
and a Konnekt 24D. Both work pretty nicely without compiling or
configuring anything.


[1] https://github.com/takaswie/snd-firewire-improve

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