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#1 2009-12-10 15:58:58

DJP
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multichannel audio interface

Hi,

I'm going to invest some money in getting a sound card / audio interface that let's me use many channels (beyond the 2 that I'm getting from my default laptop sound card).

My requirements are as follows:
-I'd like to get at least 8 channels, but more would be good; i need to get independent channels that I can amplify and feed to speakers with a great deal of control in real time synthesis
-Latency is a concern: it has to be very low, and synchrony between channels very accurate
-PD runs in a fast laptop with windows xp. Connections: Firewire, USB2, PCMCIA expresscard.

Could you recommend an audio interface that could work for me?
If this has already been discussed in the forum, please do point me to those discussions, as I haven't been able to find them.

Many thanks

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#2 2009-12-10 16:35:33

DJP
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Re: multichannel audio interface

I missed mentioning my budget: below 800
Portability is also important to an extent.
Another limitation can be that my firewire port is 4 pin.

I was considering getting an Edirol FA-101. Will this give me 10 independent channels in PD? I think that I need a 6-pin port for this: is using a firewire-to-PCMCIA adapter a solution that would work? If not, would Edirol UA-101 be just as good an option?

Should I consider something different entirely?

Thanks again.

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#3 2009-12-10 17:08:19

saturno
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Re: multichannel audio interface

For near 0 latency with heavy load Firewire is best.

I use a MOTU Ultralite and it works great with PD.

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#4 2009-12-10 17:53:41

cian.ltdt
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Re: multichannel audio interface

i have an edirol fa66 and from pd all channels are available all in/out channels.
edirol has good converters (better than built-in soundacards), is very solid.
but... it does not do any dsp.

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#5 2009-12-10 18:00:23

domien
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Re: multichannel audio interface

I use a motu 896 and a presonus firebox. The motu is more stable i should say. I run them (not together) from a pcmcia firewire card, because the 4 pin on my laptop was so dodgy that the slightest touch to the cable caused a lost connection. However, latency is an issue on winxp, or at least for me. i don't seem to be able to get below 30ms without things starting to crackle...

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#6 2009-12-25 05:53:37

nestor
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Re: multichannel audio interface

Echo audio makes great stuff at good prices, especially if it is used.  PCMCIA or PCI devices too.

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