[PlanetCCRMA] RME Multiface or Digiface?

Tim Meissner bats9red@sbcglobal.net
Mon Aug 29 21:09:01 2005

On Sun, 2005-08-28 at 22:08 +0200, Henk Jansen wrote:
> Considering my lack of experience, I might be looking for boots too
> big to fit my size, but AFAIK the RME's are the only multitrack
> recording devices that are properly supported by Linux/CCRMA software.
I don't have much trouble with M-Audio stuff.  The alsa driver works
well, although the labels on the envy24control are a little confusing.
And sometimes you have to mess with command arguments for straight-up
alsa apps.

I use M-Audio's Delta 44 -- works great, less expensive.  It only has 4
ins/ 4 outs of analog, pci instead of the more convenient usb solutions,
but I've recorded plenty of good demo (oxymoron?) tracks with it.  If
your band is a basic 4-piece rock combo, for example, you can mix drums
on one channel of your board, vocals on the other, send those to two of
the 44's ins, and send bass and guitar direct off of their effects
units.  Then you'll have all the separation needed to mix tracks later.
Of course, everyone's setup is different, styles are different, blah
blah blah, but for cheap and easy, the 44 is hard to beat, especially if
this is your first card.

More of an issue for newbies (and maybe not so newbies) is the software
itself.  Jack solves a lot of problems, but some applications out there
just won't play nice with others. However there are a lot of choices :-)

My 2 cents.