Re: [linux-audio-user] moterhboard and sound card advise

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Subject: Re: [linux-audio-user] moterhboard and sound card advise
From: Russell Hanaghan (
Date: Thu Jul 01 2004 - 20:50:43 EEST

On Thu, 2004-07-01 at 02:38, Veronica Merryfield wrote:
> This will be my only Linux machine, although I am sure more will follow.
> I could prototype it, but I was hoping to get a good steer from current
> users.
> Thanks for the steer on soundcards.
> I want 1/4" in and posssibly stereo out. Input from a wireless link from a
> bass guitar. Could be balanced in, but would llike unbal as well, same for
> output. You are right about USB - not really.
> I want to use a pedal board to control it, possibly midi, or with a
> digital/analogue IO card. I also have thoughts of using as a synth.
> Raises another question - anyone writen a good pitch tracker (thinking
> driving synth from audio input).

I have recently gone thru the gammut of soundcards for this same (or
similar) purpose and not wanting to spend a million dollars. I ended up
on a Delta 1010LT. Google some...I paid $180.00 US on Ebay for mine and
bought some patch bays to go with. There are 2 balanced pre-amp ins for
mics or whatever...The RCA tail is a bit cumbersome but cheaper option.
for a hundred or so more you can get the Delta 1010 with the better
patching, etc.

Pitch trackers not all that comprehensive yet. If your not aware, check
out all the various LADSPA plugs available. SWH package, CMT, TAP.
etc...and for the brave at heart...install VST server or Jack_fst to run
native Winblows VST's. (I havent had much luck with that)

I just (yesterday) bought a mini ATX case and Asus A&V*X Mobo with
Atahlon XP 2500. I'm setting it up as we speak. Will report its
progress. Not a rack mount...I looked at that and the rackmount PC gear
is still overpriced. I decided to re -engineer my live setup a tad so I
can fit this mini case in.


> --
> Veronica Merryfield, somewhere in Cambridgeshire, UK
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Daniel James" <>
> To: "A list for linux audio users" <>
> Sent: Thursday, July 01, 2004 9:52 AM
> Subject: Re: [linux-audio-user] moterhboard and sound card advise
> > > I am planing on putting together a rack unit to use as an effects
> > > processor.
> >
> > > For a sound card I was thinking of
> > > creative audigy2 or is this over kill?
> >
> > It really depends on the kind of instrument/microphone output and
> > mixer input you intend to use. You might want balanced XLR inputs and
> > outputs in a rack unit, mic preamps, or 1/4" jack plugs for an
> > instrument like a guitar. In that case you could use something like
> > an M-Audio Delta 1010LT. A DJ could use unbalanced RCA (aka phono
> > plugs) so an M-Audio Audiophile PCI would do the job.
> >
> > I figure if it's a rack unit for live use then you don't want to have
> > any USB or other dongles hanging off.
> >
> > > As this machine is going to spend most of it's time doing DSP, I
> > > figured more and high speed RAM is good and hence a faster FSB
> > > which I think means a faster processor as well, specially at 400Mhz
> > > for the FSB but is it worth it?
> >
> > Depends on how many plugins you need to run at once. I can run Jack
> > Rack on my PII 300MHz laptop with 160MB RAM with a couple of simple
> > plugins. Your best bet is probably to prototype your selection of
> > software on a desktop machine before building your rack unit - then
> > you'll have an idea of the resources you'll need.
> >
> > Cheers
> >
> > Daniel
> >

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