Re: Focusrite Saffire LE
Hello Jenny, thank you for getting back to me. I been having a tough time trying to pick out a card and I kind of homed in on the Saffire LE or the Echo GINA 3G. It is just that overall the Saffire has more features and Focusrite is more known in the industry. Another thing is that firewire gives me the advantage to move the device to another machine easily.
That is a good sign, more then likely if you can see the port, you should be good.
Originally Posted by jenny_thinkpad_t61p
I was just about to ask you that. Because I noticed that FreeBob comes with Jack, but there must be something that had to be done to upgrade to ffado. How can you tell that you have a successful installation of ffado without owning a firewire card?
The Sapphire LE doesn't really work with Freebob and from what I've read and on the reasonable assumption that they are basically the same unit from the software perspective the Sapphire (standard) woudn't work reliably with freebob either.
I tried freebob with my Sapphire LE, there was no sound out and it frequently dropped the connection.
You will likely have the same issue with the Sapphire and LE version so I wouldn't use that in your reasoning when making the purchasing decision.
My advise is download and install ffado BEFORE you buy anything, if it installs ok then your ready to connect something to it, I found that this stage can take some time if you've not done it before and is a prerequisite for the Sapphire (inc. LE).
That was my thinking as well. There are very few devices that have 192k capability in the affordability bracket. In Windows, I scored BIG with the ALESIS IO|26 which is an 8 XLR In and 8 balanced out device with phono inputs and digital inputs (both kinds) and it goes up to 192k. So it was very disheartening to find out that Alesis doesn't support it in Linux. But I was thinking too that for most applications 96k would be enough. But for certain critical applications or archiving old vinyl that isn't made anymore (and wasn't pressed to CD), then I would go with 192k. But other that for testing, I never really used that mode with the Alesis unit. I never really did a side by side comparison. I just checked to see if it worked.
I myself struggled with this dilemma myself. For $50 it might be nice to have the Sapphire (standard version) but as I live in rip off Britain the difference is 50 pounds sterling which is significantly more.
I was advised that the perceptual difference between the 24bit / 96 khz and 24 bit /192 khz is negligible and of course you have to worry more about the disk space it consumes, I use the device for analytical purposes and would have chosen the 192khz version if it wouldn't mean that I would be paying so much for a DSP that I'll never be able to use.
Really? Is that what happened on your system when recording at that frequency?
Fact is 96khz is very detailed, I use it with a Sennheiser K6 / ME66 and it gets all the detail I need for my purposes. There may also be increased likelyhood of xruns when running at 192khz.
<<Personally I used the money I saved on the LE to by a better audio monitor! - and with that you CAN tell the difference >>
Well, there I wouldn't fair to bad with. Someone turned me on to KRK monitors and they are not very expensive either. He has the little guys and I am going for the big 8" ones.
LOL! You have the KRK's as well. Do you have the 5" model or the 8" one?
Also the black LE looks better with my black Thinkpad, black Sennheiser Mic, black cables and black and yellow KRK monitor;
Ahhh, Yes I remember that quote very well. Williams Cyclone 1988 pinball machine. One of my favorite machines. But I believe the last word was "chances".
this probably isn't a big issue but most things seem to have gone black and it is nice if the match - even if they do collect dust like it's going out fashion.
Like so many things "you pay's yer money - yer takes ya choice!" There both excellent.
Anyway, thanx for the tip. Now I just need to know how to set up ffado.
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