[LAU] Focusrite Saffire Pro 10, firewire and freewheel

Mathias Buhr napcode at apparatus.de
Sun Jun 26 18:57:07 UTC 2016

On 06/25/2016 11:06 PM, Mathias Buhr wrote:
> 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.
> Regards,
> Mathias
> Links:
> [1] https://github.com/takaswie/snd-firewire-improve
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The linked repo is now merged to the kernel/ALSA. Asking on the ALSA
mailing list is probably more efficient. The autor of that driver is
active there (alsa-devel and alsa-user) but I guess it's
faster if you give it a try and see what happens.
Feel free to post your experiences here.


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