Slackware64 for making Music: Hardware recommendations?
I'd like to use one of my machines for all kinds of audio applications, including home recording (MIDI and analog). Now I am looking for a suitable audio/recording interface. I've searched the web, but didn't find a lot of current information. Most of what I found is outdated.
RME Hammerfall seems to be brilliant, but exceeds my budget.
MAudio 2496 seems to be excellent in quality, but a bit limited in connectivity.
ESI Juli@ appears to be even better, but the parts exposed to the outside of the computer case don't seem to be overly robust...
And that seem already to be all PCI devices supported by ALSA for my purpose! (MAudio Audiophile 192, e. g., is reported not to work that well).
Now I thought, I could avoid all this hassle by choosing a USB device. However, situation seems to be even worse. Terratec DMX 6Fire USB is not supported, at all, MAudio Fast Track Pro is limited to USB 1.1 and 48kHz (I want 96 kHz, at least!) only and requires a patch for 24 Bits. And so on...
So, if there are some hobby (or professional) musicians hanging around here in this forum, I'd appreciate a couple of recommendations, what to buy, and what software to use. And, of course, I'd like to use Slackware, preferrably Slackware64. I am completely new to this subject, so thanke for your patience!
Best wishes for 2010!