Interfacing Linux: M-Audio ProFire 2626

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.

This week we’re playing with the ProFire 2626, one of the hottest firewire interfaces of 2008.


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

M-Audio ProFire 2626: Round-trip latency @44100 HZ


M-Audio ProFire 2626: Round-trip latency @4800 HZ


M-Audio ProFire 2626: Round-trip latency @96000 HZ

Conclusion:
If you’re looking for a high quality interface that just Works ™ you can’t really go wrong with the ProFire 2626. It’s not amazing in any particular area but it sounds good, doesn’t spit xruns, and gets the job done.


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M-Audio ProFire 2626

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

Pros

Internal mixer.

32 channels of ADAT.

Transparent preamps and bypass.

Assignable headphone outs.

Cons

Low output preamps.

Banked phantom power.

Busted ALSA drivers.

Standalone mode?

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