Whether you’re creating a MIDI masterpiece, recording a drum kit, or mixing a podcast you’re going to want an interface at some point. Thing is, finding out which ones work with Linux can be an adventure.
For now I will be focusing on Firewire interfaces since they are no longer supported in Windows 10 and Apple hasn’t shipped a MAC with a fire-hole since 2012. That means people are dumping them on places like Ebay and Reverb. A Firewire card for your Linux machine is a $30 investment that could potentially save you hundreds on your next interface.
Each week we’re going to put an interface through a few trials and one tribulation.
4. Round trip latency
5. 15 minute torture test
6. What works and what nopes.
Today we’re looking at a little known interface from a company the internet loves to hate.
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 7 1700|
|RAM||Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB|
|Motherboard||MSI B350 Tomahawk|
|GPU||Nvidia Quadro 4000|
|PSU:||EVGA 600 B1|
FIREPOWER FCA1616: Round-trip latency @44100 HZ
FIREPOWER FCA1616: Round-trip latency @4800 HZ
FIREPOWER FCA1616: Round-trip latency @96000 HZ
Behringer FIREPOWER FCA 1616$180 / $225
- Everything works, period.
- 60 dB of gain on the preamps
- 8 insert jacks.
- USB & Firewire connectivity.
- No power button!
- Only 4 line-level inputs.
- No way to bypass the preamps.
- Midas preamps: Not bad, just flat.