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gargamel 01-02-2010 11:25 PM

Slackware64 for making Music: Hardware recommendations?
Hi there,

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 Most of what I found is outdated.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!


disturbed1 01-02-2010 11:46 PM

What about an M-Audio delta 44 (~$150 USD) or even the Delta 1010 (~$200 USD)?

At one time I did months of research for setting up a small recording studio. The best part was spending the time getting to know the various audio applications :) In the end, the reason I was commissioned to set up the studio, fell through, and never actually got to hardware buying stage. The individuals that wanted me to record them decided to not perform any more. Anyways, with the research I had done, the M-Audio delta 44 seemed to be the exact device I needed, with enough documentation, reviews, native Linux application support, and a decent Linux user base.

Some software -
jack rack
(and other Jack plugins)

XavierP 01-04-2010 05:08 AM

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