[PlanetCCRMA] Re: The future of low-cost laptop-aided music

Jonathan Segel jsegel@magneticmotorworks.com
Thu Jan 29 12:44:02 2004

>From: "Mr.Freeze" <theremin@free.fr>
>Subject: [PlanetCCRMA] The future of low-cost laptop-aided music
>As the NAMM Show is behaving rowdily, the low-cost external 
>soundcard market is
>taking off. Let's just list three of the newly available
>behind-the-300-ish-bucks-bar FireWire or USB 2 24/96 fully compliant audio
>interfaces: M-Audio FireWire Audiophile, Terratec Aureon 7.1 
>FireWire, Behringer
>B-Control Audio BCA2000. Is it definitely time swapping the good ol' 
>noisy piece
>of furniture for a laptop?

well, the unfortunate thing i have found is that none of the firewire 
devices are able to be addressed by linux drivers as of yet. pity, 
because i have the m-audio fw410 (i use it on my mac laptop, which 
has actual 6pin fw ports so can bus-power it, unlike most intel/amd 
laptops. )
i recently got a sharp actius laptop and installed planet-ccrma 
fedora core and it works very well (only has 1/8" line i/o ports) i 
have been using it with the built in intel8x0 sound, haven't tried 
using my rme multiface with the cardbus (multiface usually on the 
desktop planet box)
the one problem i have noticed is acpi - it exists on irq 9 with the 
sound card, seems to generate xruns occaisonally. i have it enabled 
to monitor battery and such, though i guess it's not really 
necessary, i just haven't looked into optimizing the situation yet..
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