[PlanetCCRMA] Suggestion for sound card

Andreas Bergsland andreas.bergsland at hf.ntnu.no
Thu Apr 16 14:12:53 PDT 2009

Hi Rocco,
and thanks for your tips! I have checked out the Saffire Pro10 and it looks very promising, and not too expensive either. And thanks for the tips of ffado as well. I wasn't aware of that project.
Great with those HOWTO's - for me as a newbie those are really priceless!


If you want to go with firewire, I have purchaced the Focusrite Saffire 
Pro 10. It may be more in/outs that you need, but focusrite works 
closely with ffado developers and as a result produced pretty solid 
results for a few of their firewire interfaces. They fit all your 
criteria, and are known to have great preamps.

Look at the device support page. I (think) there's a 2 channel focusrite 
interface that may work for you. This will take you right to the 
focusrite interfaces...

Make sure it has a satisfactory rating (like "full support") listed next 
to it, if you want to be safe.

Also, I get the impression that there's (not) a lot of firewire 
interfaces that work well with ffado. But, Texas Instruments controllers 
are said to work well (mine is a Texas Instruments firewire interface in 
my laptop).

I wrote a HOWTO to get up and running with the Pro 10 and CCRMA/Fedora10 
  that probably will be helpful no matter what firewire device you choose...

The only thing I forgot to mention in the HOWTO is what CCRMA Packages 
to install...
bash> yum install jack-audio-connection-kit qjackctl ffado

I'm currently writing a manual on how to get the Pro 10 working with 
ffado-mixer. You'd think I was building a rocket with the amount of time 
it's taking me. But I'll link it here when it's done.

Hope this helps,

> Andreas Bergsland wrote:
>> Dear list,
>> I have been a win user for many years, but I have now decided to give 
>> linux a go. Now, I am going to get a new external sound card for my 
>> laptop, and I want the new card to be easily included in my setup in linux.
>> My criteria for the sound card are:
>> - low latency
>> - low noise
>> - XLR/jack ins/outs, at least 2
>> - decent mic preamps
>> - price tag: not above $700
>> I am running fedora 10 with the latest ccrma rtkernel and the whole 
>> software package. I have a relatively new Dell Latitude E6500.
>> Any suggestions for sound cards that fit these criteria?
>> I have borrowed the RME HammerfallDSP - RPM card which I will test, 
>> since I know RME are known for low latency and low noise. But this card 
>> only have one single xlr/jack input and phono-out (designed for DJ use), 
>> so it is not ideal.
>> Best regards,
>> Andreas Bergsland
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