Audio Interface for Linux -- Mackie, MOTU, Presonus, ?

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Audio Interface for Linux -- Mackie, MOTU, Presonus, ?

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Current (Sept. 2020) recommendations for audio interface and compatibility with Linux?

Onyx Producer 2-2 -- MOTU M2 or M4 -- PreSonus Studio 24C -- all include MIDI in and out x 1

Or?

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Re: Audio Interface for Linux -- Mackie, MOTU, Presonus, ?

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I heard the MOTU M2 or M4 don't work. But maybe there's a hack in newer kernels?

The Behringer UMC range works out of the box and they have great components built in.

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+1 on the Onyx Producer 2.2 - it's on my desk and doing a nice job right now.

I believe the RME Babyface, Babyface Pro and Babyface Pro FS all work in class-compliant mode. I certainly hope so, as I'm plotting to upgrade to the FS soon :)
Their Fireface UFX is also known to work with Linux, both via Firewire (if you still have it) and via USB in class-compliant mode.
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Jamesf wrote:
Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:23 am
I'm plotting to upgrade to the (RME Babyface) FS soon :)
Just curious--which features would cause you to consider a switch to an RME Babyface FS an upgrade?

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stephen_doonan wrote:
Mon Sep 28, 2020 2:42 pm
Jamesf wrote:
Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:23 am
I'm plotting to upgrade to the (RME Babyface) FS soon :)
Just curious--which features would cause you to consider a switch to an RME Babyface FS an upgrade?
From the Mackie Producer 2.2?
- 2 more analogue inputs, so I can have everything plugged in all the time.
- ADAT input for expansion to 8 more simultaneous inputs at 48KHz.
- Higher ADC quality - not that the Mackie is holding me back, but better's always nicer.

The immediate problem I'm solving is that my decade-old analogue desktop mixer is dying, and I've been sold on the idea of moving entirely to the digital realm.
6 inputs would be better, but 4 are sufficient for most things I'm going to do any time soon.
I could replace it with something cheaper from Focusrite, but I prefer quantum-leap upgrades over incremental ones - they tend to cost me less in the long run.

If my phrasing was unclear, and you thought I was talking about upgrading from an early Babyface, I apologise for the confusion :)
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I've used both FocusRite Scarlett and the Behringer UMC line on my Linux rigs, and both get good results.

I was wondering about https://motu.com/products/proaudio/8pre-es - it says it works with Linux using a web interface? I remember MOTU absolutely shitting all over the Linux community when I was first getting into using Linux for pro audio - has that suddenly changed?

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uns4ph3 wrote:
Wed Sep 30, 2020 2:35 pm
I've used both FocusRite Scarlett and the Behringer UMC line on my Linux rigs, and both get good results.

I was wondering about https://motu.com/products/proaudio/8pre-es - it says it works with Linux using a web interface? I remember MOTU absolutely shitting all over the Linux community when I was first getting into using Linux for pro audio - has that suddenly changed?
They still don't give a shit. But see viewtopic.php?f=6&t=18046&start=375
Linux – MOTU UltraLite AVB – Qtractor – https://soundcloud.com/suedwestlicht

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Jamesf wrote:
Mon Sep 28, 2020 3:29 pm
If my phrasing was unclear, and you thought I was talking about upgrading from an early Babyface, I apologise for the confusion :)
Your phrasing was clear and your explanation was helpful. Thank you. :)

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