Interfacing Linux: Presonus FIRESTUDIO 26×26

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.

Each week we’re going to put an interface through a few trials and one tribulation.

1. Overview
2. Setup
3. Soundcheck
4. Round trip latency
5. 15 minute torture test
6. What works and what nopes.

This week we’re taking a look at the Presonus FIRESTUDIO 26×26.


Jackbox:

CPU AMD Ryzen 7 1700
RAM Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB
Motherboard MSI B350 Tomahawk
GPU Nvidia Quadro 4000
SSD Samsung 840
PSU: EVGA 600 B1
Firewire: Syba SY-PEX30016
Network: Intel i350-T4
OS: Debian Buster
Kernel: 4.19.0-8-rt-amd64
Desktop: XFCE 4.12

Presonus FIRESTUDIO: Round-trip latency @44100 Hz 


Presonus FIRESTUDIO: Round-trip latency @4800HZ 


Presonus FIRESTUDIO: Round-trip latency @9600HZ 


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Presonus FIRESTUDIO 26×26

8 out of 10
Works out of the box
4/10
Ease of setup
8/10
Stability
10/10
Build quality
10/10

Pros

Everything works

8 channels in/out

ADAT and S/PDIF

Two insert jacks

Cons

Can't be used with ALSA drivers.

FFADO knackers the MIDI ports.

No support for the internal mixer.

No preamp bypass.

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