Audio Interface

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ng-jackspaSimple LADSPA hosts for the JACK Audio Connection Kit2013-07-07
Alesis iO4Alesis iO4 Website <> Images Specifications General Manufacturer - Alesis Released - unknown Available - unknown Estimate price - 79 USD Linux Support Rating - 5 Device type and interface Device Type - Audio Interface 
Allen & Heath ZED-18Allen & Heath ZED-18 Website <> Images Specifications General Manufacturer - Allen & Heath Released - Unknown Available - Yes Estimate price - 599 USD Linux Support Rating - 5 Device type and interface Device Type - Audio Interface 
Behringer BCD3000Behringer BCD3000 Website <> Images Specifications General Manufacturer - Behringer Released - unknown Available - unknown Estimate price - unknown Linux Support Rating - 5 
behringer bcf2000General The Behringer BCF2000 is a budget-priced control surface with motorised faders. Software * BCEdit unofficial - Fixes issues with data transfer in the official version References * Linux Journal (Jan 2009) * Linux Journal (March 2010) 
behringer fcb1010General The Behringer FCB1010 is a MIDI foot controller with 10 patch switches, 2 bank switches and 2 expression pedals. Usage This requires a MIDI interface. The Rixwerx FCB1010 Editor is Java-based and runs on Linux. The unofficial (UnO) replacement EPROMs add additional functionality. 
dsp2000 c-portGeneral The DSP2000 C-Port is a 10×10 interface with MIDI. Consists of a PCI host card and rack-mountable converter unit. No longer manufactured. Support Supported by ALSA, but not the MIDI. Uses ICE1712/Envy24 chipset. Listed as supported on unofficial FAQ. 
e-mu 1820mGeneral The E-MU 1820M consists of a PCI card and an external box with most of the connections. It came out around 2004 * Two TFPro Mic/Line/Hi-Z preamps (w/48V phantom power) * Six 1/4” Balanced Inputs * Eight 1/4” Balanced Outputs * Turntable input (w/ground lug and hardware RIAA preamp) * 24-bit/192kHz ADAT In/Out (switchable to S/PDIF) * 24-bit/96kHz coaxial S/PDIF In/Out (switchable to AES/EBU) * 24-bit/96kHz optical S/PDIF Out (switchable to AES/EBU) * Two sets of MIDI In… 
echo audiofire 2General The Echo AudioFire 2 is a Firewire interface with: * 2 balanced analogue inputs * 2 balanced analogue outputs * S/PDIF I/O * MIDI I/O Support ffado has comment saying it needs a firmware update using Windows. References * Analogue I/O reported as working on the forum, better with KXStudio than standard Ubuntu 
echo audiofire 12General The Echo AudioFire 12 is a rack-mountable Firewire interface with 12×12 analog i/o up to 192kHz/24 and MIDI. Support Listed as fully supported on ffado. Note: As of August 2012, the Audiofire 12 will only work with FFADO if firmware 4.8 or earlier is installed in the device 
edirol ua-25exGeneral Th UA-25EX (from Roland) is a USB 24 bit, 96kHz interface with MIDI. Incorporates 2 microphone preamps, compressor and limiter. The older UA-25 lacks the compressor. This is regarded as one of the better USB interfaces due to the audio quality and support for higher bit rate/depth via dedicated drivers. 
esi maya44 pciGeneral The ESI Maya44 is a PCI card with: * 4×4 analogue in/out. * 24 bit/192kHz output, 96kHz input * 48V phantom power * SPDIF/optical output Optional expansion card adds: * MIDI I/O * SPDIF input Costs around 70UKP. Not seen the expansion card on sale anywhere. 
fender mustangGeneral Fender Mustang guitar amplifiers use digital modelling to simulate various amplifiers. They incorporate a USB connection for programming presets and digital audio output (works with ALSA/JACK). Software Fender's FUSE software may work on Wine. PLUG is a native Linux application to offer similar functionality. 
focusrite saffire pro 40General Focusrite Saffire PRO 40 8 input (+ 12 digital) 24-bit/96kHz interface Software Works with ffado, but may need latest version from SVN. References * woo, tangent * - guide for Ubuntu Audio Interface 
focusrite scarlettGeneral The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and 2i4 both have 2x combo XLR and TRS inputs and are USB 2.x bus powered. The 2i4 has 2 extra outputs, MIDI and extra hardware controls. The range also includes 8i6, 18i6 and 18i20. At least some are described as class compliant. 
komplete audio 6General Komplete Audio 6 from Native Instruments. USB 2.0 class compliant 6×6 interface with MIDI. Support Should work on recent kernels. References * First impressions from nightmorph Audio Interface 
korg microkorg xlGeneral The microKORG XL is a synthesiser with vocoder functionality Software There is a sound editor for Windows that uses the USB connection. It can be used via Wine as described here. References Audio Interface 
korg nanokeyGeneral The nanoKEY is a mini 2 octave USB keyboard. Software Should not require any special drivers. The Korg software for configuration is reported to run on Wine or a native Linux app is available called Nano-Basket. References * Getting working (Forum) 
korg nanokontrolGeneral The nanoKONTROL is a very portable controller with 9 faders and knobs (8 on Series II, which has an extra button on each channel) along with buttons on each channel and transport controls. Software No drivers required. The Korg software for configuration works fine on Wine 
korg pandora px5dGeneral The Korg Pandora PX5D is a guitar multi-effects unit which can act as a USB audio interface. Software Korg's sound editing software is reported to work in Wine, but may require the latest kernel patches (in 3.0.0) Frédéric Jaume is working on a native PX5D Patch Editor for Linux, version 0.1 has been released on October 12th, 2012 and allows to edit patches in real time and save them to the unit. More features are planned, and the roadmap includes a drum machine editor and loading/sa… 
lexicon omegaGeneral The Lexicon Omega is a USB 24-bit 44.1/48 kHz 8x4x2 interface with: * 2 XLR mic inputs with TRS 6.35 mm inserts, 20dB pad switches and +48V phantom power switch * 4 TRS 6.35 mm jack balanced line inputs * 1 TS 6.35 mm jack instrument hi-Z unbalanced input (alternative to line in #3) * 1 stereo S/PDIF coaxial RCA input and output * 2 TRS 6.35 mm balanced line outputs * 1 stereo TRS 6.35 mm headphone output * 1 MIDI input and output * 4 input buses (these are the 4 inputs… 
m-audio audiophile usbGeneral The M-Audio Audiophile USB is a USB 1.1 interface with 4×4 I/O (2 analog + S/PDIF) and MIDI. Supports up to 96kHz/24 bit, but only 2 channel half-duplex at that rate. Support Specific ALSA support as detailed in kernel docs. May require special configuration (TBC). 
M-Audio Delta 1010LTM-Audio Delta 1010LT Website <> Images Specifications General Manufacturer - M-Audio Released - Unknown Available - Yes Estimate price - 200 USD Linux Support Rating - 4 Device type and interface Device Type - Audio Interface 
m-audio fast trackGeneral There have been two versions of this USB 1.1 interface, Fast Track (Mark 1) and Fast Track Mark 2. Both provide up to 24 bit at 48kHz and have one XLR microphone input and one 1/4” instrument input. The Mark 2 has these on the front instead of the back and adds phantom power. Any other differences? 
m-audio fast track c400 c600General The M-Audio Fast Track C400 and C600 are USB2.0 interfaces with 4×6 and 6×8 i/o respectively. Support Mention of an ALSA patch to support the C400. Linux 3.9 adds C600 'quirks' and mixer support. This change mentions existing C400 support. 
m-audio fast track proGeneral The M-Audio Fast Track Pro is a 4×4 USB interface with pre-amps and MIDI. Support By default it will only work at 16 bit up to 48kHz. Due to using USB 1.1 it is limited in the number of I/O channels at higher bit rates References * Ardour forum * Joe Giampaoli guide to getting 96kHz and 24 bit. Involves a custom kernel * Unofffical ALSA Wiki * AV Linux forum - Kernel issues December 2011 
M-Audio Fast Track UltraM-Audio Fast Track Ultra Website <> Images Specifications General Manufacturer - M-Audio Released - 2007-01-01 Available - Discontinued on 2010-01-01 Estimate price - 270 USD 
m-audio firewire soloGeneral The FireWire Solo 4×4 24-bit/96kHz audio interface Software Reported to work with ffado, but requires a Windows PC to set up the internal mixer. References * ffado Audio Interface 
m-audio oxygenGeneral The Oxygen keyboard range connect to the PC via USB Support May require midisport-firmware package in order to be recognised. AV Linux requires USB Filesystem to be manually added for some kernels. See the manual References * Forum discussion mid 2010 -> late 2011 * Another discussion December 2011 with some people saying it works fine without any extra drivers 
mackie onyx blackjackGeneral Mackie Onyx Blackjack is a 2×2 USB interface with microphone pre-amps. 24 bit, 44.1 and 48kHz. Support Working on 3.1 kernel (see below). References * Reported as working on LAU with Debian Wheezy, 3.1 kernel Audio Interface 
native instruments komplete audio 64×4 USB2 interface with SPDIF and MIDI. Listed as supported in ALSA by the manufacturer Some people experience issues powering more than one condenser microphone as it is powered purely via USB. Hardware + Linux, Audio Interface 
presonus audiobox 1818vslGeneral The PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL is a USB 2.0 24-bit/96 kHz 18×18 interface with * 2 combo XLR / ¼” mic/instrument inputs * 6 combo XLR / ¼” balanced mic/line inputs * 2 balanced ¼” main (L/R) line outputs * 6 balanced ¼” auxiliary (L/R) line outputs * 8 channels ADAT optical input and output (at 44.1 or 48 kHz; 4 channels at 88.2 or 96 kHz) * 2 channels (stereo) S/PDIF coaxial input and output * 1 stereo ¼” headphone output * 1 BNC word-clock output * MIDI In/Out… 
prism sound lyraGeneral The Prism Sound Lyra 1 and 2 are USB 2.0 interfaces with either 1 microphone + 1 instrument or 2 microphone and 2 instrument input plus digital S/PDIF I/O. The interfaces are available from November 2012. Likely to be in the higher price range. 
RME BabyfaceGeneral The RME Babyface is an USB 2.0 interface with: * 2 x Analog Input * 4 x Analog Output (including headphone channels) * 10 Input / 12 Output channels (including ADAT channels) * 1 x ADAT I/O or 1 x SPDIF I/O optical * 1 x MIDI I/O * 1 x USB 2.0 * 2 x Mic Preamp with digitally controlled gain * 1 x Hi-Z instrument input * TotalMix FX (with EQ via internal DSP, Reverb, Echo). 
rme fireface ucxGeneral The RME Fireface UCX is a professional interface with 18 i/o channel (8 analog, 2 mic preamps), MIDI, S/PDIF and ADAT. It has both Firewire (400) and USB 2.0 (class compliant). Their site actually lists Linux as a supported OS! Software Should be supported by latest ALSA(?) 
rme hdspGeneral RME make a range of interfaces that use an internal PCI card linked to an external break-out box. Various configurations are available with differing numbers of digital and analogue inputs and outputs. Software Several of these cards have been supported by ALSA and OSS for some time. RME mention this on their site. 
sound devices usbpre 2General The USBPre 2 is a 2×2 audio interface supporting up to 192kHz/24 bit with microphone preamps and SP/DIF. There are no software driven features. All configuration is via DIP switches. This is a relatively expensive device with better build quality than the lower-end USB devices. 
tascam us-800General The Tascam US-800 features * 8-in/6-out USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI interface * Six XLR mic/line “combi” inputs with phantom power * Up to 96kHz/24-bit audio resolution * S/PDIF coaxial digital input and output * Stereo RCA analog output for monitoring * Standalone only mode for use as microphone preamp * 2-segment LED metering for each analog input * 1/4” and 1/8” stereo headphone outputs * 16-channel MIDI input and output 
tranzportGeneral The Frontier Design TranzPort is a wireless controller with transport and other controls plus an LCD display. It uses a USB-connected receiver. Software * tranzport - Not much information on the site Audio Interface 
zoom g3General The Zoom G3 is a digital multi-effects unit for guitar that acts as three virtual 'stompboxes' each with a display, footswitch and control knobs. The effects chain can actually have up to six effects and you can scroll through these. The later G3X model adds an expression pedal. Effects comprise most sorts including compressors, distortions and delays, plus 22 amplifier models. The unit can act as a USB 1.1 interface (16 bit/44.1kHz). It can also play sound from the PC, which is useful … 
zoom h4General The Zoom H4 is a handheld audio recorder that also functions as a USB (1.1) audio interface. Features: * Record from built-in microphones or from combined XLR/jack connectors. XLRs can provide phantom power * Record to SD card in MP3 or 16/24 bit WAV at 44/48/96kHz * Four-track recorder mode. 16 bit 44kHz * USB interface mode. 16 bit 44/48kHz * Built in effects and microphone models * Powered by 2xAA, 9V adaptor or USB when in interface mode 
focusrite scarlettUSB Audio/MIDI, Audio Interface, Hardware + Linux Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 worked out of the box with my Xubuntu 12.04. Even after many hours of continuous operation there are no instabilities, cyloning or distortions. Very reliable. It works ok up to 96 kHz with JACK. 
presonus firepod fp10Supported in Ubuntu Studio since version 10.10, last tested in 14.04. All inputs/outputs recognized, average latency ~ 4ms Will post some data and pictures soon. Some Links: <> <> 
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