[PlanetCCRMA] I'm really getting into this -- need input on entry-level pro-quality hardware

Joseph Dell'Orfano fullgo@dellorfano.net
Sat Apr 3 21:22:00 2004


Brian, 

I am using the M-audio Delta 1010-LT card. This has 10 in and 10 out
including 2 balanced XLRs, SPDIF, MIDI in and out. I paid about $250 for
it. It is $279 on Musician's Friend.

This card is completely supported by alsa. My machine is running RH 8.0
with CCRMA installed. The alsa driver includes a mixer that lets you
control the onboard mixer, allowing you to get h/w monitoring for
zero-latency when you are recording. This works great with Ardour, for
example. 

>From reading this list in addition to linux-audio-user, it seems that
M-audio is well supported. I believe RME is supported well. I thought
most of the Event cards were also supported. My card is a PCI card and
this seems to be the best option. Firewire devices are barely supported
and I don't know too much about the USB devices out there.

Good luck with your build-out! I am very happy with the performance of
my linux DAW. Absolutely everything you need is on Planet CCRMA.
Fernando does a great job!

-Joe


On Sat, 2004-04-03 at 23:37, Brian Jarrett wrote:
> I second the sentiment that all the work that has gone (and is going)
> into Planet CCRMA and all the various apps is AWESOME.  I really only
> have two interests, music and computers and Im finding that DAWs
> really help me bring it all together.
> 
>  
> 
> A little background: I play several instruments, sing, write music,
> and work as a network/systems administrator and have been using linux
> for 5 years now.  I want to bring in more of the music to the linux
> box I have set up with Planet CCRMA and merge the two worlds even
> further.  Ive also decided to gain experience by offering to record
> music competitions or performances (which Ill be doing in a few
> weeks) at our local high school or anywhere else theyll have me.
> 
>  
> 
> Ive been searching the alsa pages and googling trying to get some
> idea of hardware that would be entry-level and pro quality.  The alsa
> pages are REALLY vague and I get the impression that most devices are
> only partially supported.  So, can anyone recommend something that
> works well?  Im hoping to find something with the following features
> (and realizing that I may not get them all):
> 
>  
> 
> 24bit/96khz A to D conversion
> 
> External unit (so there is no interference from PC circuitry, unless
> experience shows this isnt really a problem.)
> 
> At least 4 inputs, 8 would be better
> 
> Less than $500??
> 
> Good dynamic range
> 
> Ive got a few devices that output SPDIF, so it would be cool if I
> could get an input for that too.
> 
>  
> 
> Also, if you think my requirements are off, any tips would be GREATLY
> appreciated.
> 
>  
> 
> With lots of hard work maybe Ill someday own a recording studio with
> my linux DAW at the center.
> 
>  
> 
> Brian
> 
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