[PlanetCCRMA] Saffire Pro 10 not working on CCRMA/F10

David Nielson naptastic at comcast.net
Tue Feb 24 23:08:09 PST 2009

Step 1: If you haven't got a voodoo doll handy, go buy one.

OK, it's not that bad.

Check to make sure you have the raw1394 driver loaded using lsmod and 
modprobe. You might need to download the latest version of libraw1394; 
2.0.0 has been out for a while, but most distributions still ship 
1.3.something IIRC. I haven't used F10 yet so I can't speak to that.

You should probably plug in and turn on the Saffire before booting the 
computer. Understand that ALSA will have **nothing** to do with the 
operation of this interface; ffado and ALSA operate independently of 
each other.

When you start jackd, you must start it with the "firewire" driver 
instead of the "alsa" driver. This is selected by a drop-down menu in 
the qjackctl setup window, or if you start jack from the command line, 
by adding "-d firewire" to the command.

I've only tried using ffado under Fedora 8 and Ubuntu, so Fedora 10 may 
be significantly different, but I recommend building libraw1394, ffado 
and jackd all from source, and getting the most updated versions you 
can. (ffado and jackd both use subversion as I recall.)

Good luck!


linux media 4 wrote:
> Hi,
> My new focusrite Saffire Pro 10 firewire interface isn't working on my 
> CCRMA/F10 system.
> I did 'yum install ffado'. I turn the interface on and plug it in, but 
> cat /proc/asound/cards reveals no entry for it.
> It's marked as "supported" in the ffado Device support database. And 
> Googling revealed that someone has this interface running with Ubuntu 
> Studio 8.04 (64 bit) and FFADO 2.0 rc1 so I know it's possible.
> lspci reveals:
> 02:01.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments PCI4451 IEEE-1394 Controller
> (I think Texas Instruments are supposed to be the most supported)
> Anyone know how to get this interface working on a CCRMA/F10 System?
> Thanks,
> Rocco
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