[PlanetCCRMA] hardware question - USB and Firewire

Jan Depner eviltwin69@cableone.net
Tue Feb 14 17:31:01 2006

On Tue, 2006-02-14 at 21:51 -0300, Charlls Quarra wrote:
> Jan Depner <eviltwin69@cableone.net> escribió:
>         Firewire is iffy at best right now. No one really wants to
>         release
>         specs.
>         -- 
> This is a widespread myth which i found myself believing too just
> until a few days ago, BridgeCo released full specs about their
> software protocol

    Nope, it's not a myth.  Only a few companies are using BeBoB and the
specs were just released.  Presonus is supportive and M-Audio may be
(I'm not sure on that front) but they don't build the boards so they
aren't really responsible for drivers for them.  I would call that
pretty iffy.  An important link for these devices is:


This is only the list of devices with BeBoB firmware so that they may
work with the FreeBoB driver in the future.  This page is a bit more


> http://www.bridgeco.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=49&Itemid=110
> Apparently some manufacturers shipping with BeBoP (like presonus and
> maudio) have also donated hardware to FreeBoB developers (but this
> could be also a myth :) )

    I believe you are correct about the hardware.

> These devices will eventually get full support under linux as the
> drivers code evolve

    The key word here is eventually.  As in, not now.

> The only manufacturers that are not releasing specs for their hardware
> is RME (which was previously known for its nice linux support until
> they started rel! easing firewire interfaces) and Motu. These
> interfaces will likely never be supported on linux unless those
> companies change their aptitude

    I just wouldn't deal with RME or MOTU, although RME has been very
supportive with their PCI cards.

    The bottom line here is that, hopefully, in the near future, a lot
of these devices will be supported.  If you have the money and the time
and the programming experience you might want to buy a Presonus firewire
device and try to work on the driver yourself.  If you just want to make
music I would recommend getting an M-Audio Delta 1010 and having a good

Jan 'Evil Twin' Depner
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