Re: [linux-audio-user] Hardware recommendations

From: Mike Taht <mike.taht@email-addr-hidden>
Date: Sun Jun 26 2005 - 00:48:09 EEST

I just picked up an edirol UA-1000 in the hope that it would "just
work" w/Linux. The feature set looked perfect for what I wanted to do
- 4 mic preamps, 1 high-z interface, 4 balanced line inputs, midi...

It's not recognised properly by linux (at least, at present), and
panics the system on removal.

I'm going to play with it for a few days but it's already got one flaw
that makes me want to send it back - when my laptop's plugged into
power it feeds hum through the whole system via the usb connector.

So I'm looking over the various bits of RME gear in the hope I can
assemble something that WILL work under linux 'cause I'm sick of doing
stuff in windows. It looks like the RME cardbus card (299$ US) + the
multiface (~700$ US) will work best. I wish it came with mic preamps
but I guess you can't have everything.

Is there any hum issues with the RME stuff, or any alternative
box/card/firewire/usb-2.0 thing that works well under linux that
combines both balanced 1/4 I/O with mic pres?

On 6/25/05, Peter Lutek <plutek@email-addr-hidden> wrote:
> Nathan Curry wrote:
> > Hey all,
> > I'm relatively new to computer audio recording, and have been using
> > Linux for about a year and a half, and I need some recommendations as
> > to what hardware I should get.
> >
> > I'm trying to set up a recording studio capable of at least recording
> > drums (4 or 5 channels?), guitars (2 channels), bass (1 channel), and
> > vocals (1 to 4 channels). I also need a MIDI controller. I'm looking
> > at the RME Hammerfall line of products because of what I've heard
> > about their compatibility with Linux.
> >
> > The equipment I already have is:
> > 1. A couple SM57s, as well as a set of drum mics
> > 2. An EZ-BUS (8 track mixer with optical ADAT i/o, 2 channels XLR w.
> > phantom power), unless my friend in Mexico sold it (this will also
> > determine whether or not he's my friend).
> > 3. A computer.
> >
> > My questions:
> > 1. From what I understand, the wordclock available in the 9652 models
> > is to syncronize all the audio, and that sounds like something I need.
> > Is this true?
> yes, all of your digital audio devices should be clocked from one source.
> > 2. The DIGI line doesn't have MIDI, and the HDSP line does. How hard
> > would it be to use an emu10k1 midi in and syncronize it with the rest
> > of the audio? Is it worth the trouble?
> don't know about that, but i use an HDSP multiface, and it is delightful
> -- rock-solid for both midi and audio. i use it as my wordclock master
> as well.
> > 3. I was looking at a Berhinger ADA8000, because it would provide 8
> > channels with phantom power, and ADAT I/O. Does this look like a good
> > idea? Any other suggestions?
> i use an RME octamic and a focusrite octopre (both with the digital
> option cards). they're both great. the focusrite has a basic but useful
> dynamics section on every channel, and is perhaps slightly more "open"
> sounding. the octamic, on the other hand, has a cool resettable peak
> hold feature and can be operated on batteries. the multiface can also be
> operated on batteries, so if off-the-grid portability is at all useful,
> a laptop with multiface and octamic gets you eight channels without ac
> power.
> best-
> -p

Mike Taht
PostCards From the Bleeding Edge
Received on Thu Jul 7 16:15:12 2005

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