[PlanetCCRMA] laptop audio interface suggestions

David Nielson naptastic at comcast.net
Fri Feb 5 08:48:38 PST 2010

On 02/04/2010 01:52 PM, francis keyes wrote:
> Hey Daniel,
> Thanks for pointing the RME stuff out to me.  The Multiface with 
> Express card option looks like it will do the trick...  and I agree 
> with you in that I don't mind paying decent money for hardware that 
> works well.  My question:  is there a software interface for these 
> cards in Linux?  I currently use An M-Audio Delta-1010 with Jack and 
> Ardour.  The Envy24control program is really nice for controlling 
> level and routing in the Delta 1010, I'm wondering what exists for the 
> RME stuff or how you manage this type of thing.
Yes. The alsa-tools package contains two programs: hdspmixer and 
hdspconf. They almost exactly mirror an older version of the Windows 
HDSP tools, though the "matrix" mixer option is missing and the card 
configuration dialog is laid out a bit differently. These tools are 
maintained by faberman, who sometimes lurks in #ardour, #lad and #jack 
on freenode.

And thank you for buying an interface from a vendor who (more or less) 
supports Linux. In addition to supporting on-going FOSS development, it 
makes our lives easier since you will have fewer headaches down the road.

> Thanks!
> On Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 4:29 PM, David Nielson <naptastic at comcast.net 
> <mailto:naptastic at comcast.net>> wrote:
>     On 01/31/2010 11:20 PM, francis keyes wrote:
>     > What do you do with that RME Digiface thing?  It looks cool but
>     has no
>     > analogue inputs that I can see.  The Fireface UC looks good but
>     again,
>     > its USB 2.0.  Maybe the Multiface could do the trick for me...
>     That's correct: the Digiface only has digital I/O. (Except for the
>     headphone port on the front.)
>     I use Behringer ADA8000 A/D and D/A converters to get (up to) 24
>     channels in and out at the same time. More than you're looking for, I
>     know, but it's nice to have room to grow, right?
>     David
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