[linux-audio-user] Audigy4

Florin Andrei florin at andrei.myip.org
Sun Jan 23 13:37:32 EST 2005

On Mon, 2005-01-24 at 05:17 +1000, Mark Constable wrote:
> Is anyone using this particular setup with linux/ALSA ?
> http://www.soundblaster.com/products/Audigy4pro/specs.asp

Last time i checked, the Audigy boards were actually using a fixed
bitrate / sample width (16/48 if i'm not mistaken) internally, and did a
"transparent" conversion to go to other values. Very ugly.
Maybe Audigy4 is different (somehow i doubt it).
I am also not sure about the quality of their hardware and converters,
especially when compared to professional gear (see below).

> I'm after a 24/96 (24/192 preferred) audio recording
> system that works with ALSA, if anyone has a suggestion.

I'd rather look at _real_ cards for music applications, such as the M-
Audio pro models (entry-level professional gear):


The Delta 1010 has been on my shopping list for a long time.

RME makes very high quality products but they're more expensive (high-
end professional gear):


Just be aware that Fireface, their latest product, is not supported on
Linux, but the rest works fine.
HDSP9632 is the smaller, expandable card (modular). Multiface and
Fireface are the bigger, fixed-config ones.


All the cards mentioned above are used in music studios and featured in
magazines and publications for musicians. I never heard about a musician
to use Audigy.

Florin Andrei


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