On Fri, 2004-03-26 at 06:26, Kent, Gary wrote:
Sure. I tried exactly this card in exactly this configuration. the
HDSP9652 was a hardware ADAT router between 3 things - A Pro Tools box,
a GigaStudio box and an Alesis AI-3.
When it worked it was wonderful for pure Alsa. It didn't always work
though. It was broken for probably 8 of the 12 months I had it
installed. Watch out for firmware revision levels and be EXTRA careful
if you need to dual-boot as the RME Windows drivers and the Linux Alsa
drivers *may* require different firmware.
Even when it worked ALL OSS audio through Alsa emulation caused horrible
loud glitches with the AI-3. I *think* that is because the HDSP9652 Alsa
driver wasn't properly handling muting when it changes the clock
frequency on the card, and probably made worse by the fact the the AI-3
runs at 48K natively. Anyway, that was horrid with my studio monitors
I eventually gave up, moved the card to the Windows box running
GigaStudio and gave Linux a nice safe AP2496. Unfortunately this limits
the utility of Linux for me in real-time work, but it's great for file
processing and other non-real-time things like running Jamin.
> Up until now I have been thinking about sinking all of my money
I think your strategy is great, really. Just be sure you're getting the
right ADAT card and that it is well supported, both now and into the
BTW - watch out for the ADA8000. Many reports of bad channels. Check out
your specific unit at the store and make very sure everything is in
working order. I know someone who got 3 of them and they were all bad.
Too bad...the review in TapeOp on that little guy was great for an
instrument converter, but I don't have time to waste.
Think about something better on the D/A side for your main stereo
output. (If you have the money...) :-(