[PlanetCCRMA] Success stories with CCRMA and Firewire Audio Interfaces

David Nielson naptastic at comcast.net
Wed Feb 11 14:37:29 PST 2009

If you *MUST* go Firewire, I have heard nothing but good things about 
the Focusrite Firewire interfaces. They do work with FFADO, but you will 
still have to do the dance of compiling many things yourself. (libffado 
+ dependencies, Jack, and FFADO are the ones I can think of.)

If you have the option of using Expresscard instead of Firewire, I 
HIGHLY recommend it. I've paid the price for trying to make Firewire 
work; I bought a Presonus Firestudio (supposed to work, then we found 
out it's not based on the same chipset as the Firepod) and then an 
M-Audio Profire Lightbridge (also supposed to work, but has dropouts 
that I can't fix right now.)

I finally bought an RME Digiface + expresscard solution, and it 
literally works out of the box with no additional configuration needed. 
The bad news is, this is expensive. (Digiface + Expresscard = $1300, but 
if you only need 2 ins and outs, you can get the Multiface, which costs 
less; **PLUS** you will probably have to buy outboard AD / DA converters 
and/or preamps.)

Best of luck,

Linux Media wrote:
> Hi,
> I've been running CCRMA/FC7 till all Firewire bugs worked were worked 
> out in more current CCRMA versions. I'm ready to invest in a Firewire 
> Audio Interface and just need to know a few things before investing the 
> money I currently have...
> Is there a Firewire Audio Interface that anyone is (successfully) using 
> on (any) CCRMA/FC* system?
> What is the name and model?
> Which CCRMA/FC version?
> Does midi work?
> Do I need to be a guru to figure how to get it working?
> Here are my needs. These are the (minimal) needs and willing to pay more 
> if (for instance) someone was using an interface that had everything I 
> needed but I needed to pay more for more Audio Inputs (or whatever).
> I need...
> 24bit 96000 recording quality
> 2 Ins (XLR with Fantom Power)
> 2 Outs
> 1 Midi I/O would be good, but not important since I have a midi 
> interface already.
> My most important concern is the preamp quality. I invested $500 in a 
> Rode NT2000 mic and would hate to loose sound quality because of 
> inferior preamps.
> Thanks in advance...
> Rocco
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