Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audio Experiences

Hey guys,

About time I actually posted what I'm working with. Its gonna be a long post, but it should provide an intresting piece, primarily because its all based on an Open Source Linux distro: Pure::Dyne.

So this is what me gear consists of:

 Two Tapco S8 monitors, provide a good flat response.
They're surprisingly loud for 120W RMS per side, and in a small room the bass will shake you.

 A Behringer B2092A subwoofer, 360 Watts RMS.. trough 2 8" backfacing cones in a semi-open design.. :-)

Driven by either the little
Phonic AM220 (left), or
the Soundcraft M12 (right).

Great thing about the M12 is it has direct-outs on each of the 12 channels. :-)

Witch are in turn fed signal by either the AudioFire 12, or the portable AudioFire 2.
Both do 24-96, but the AF12 goes right up to 192kHz...

The whole system is fed from an Acer TM 5720, which is a great laptop for Real Time work, as its got the firewire on the side, (Texas Instruments chip), and the Linux Kernel (2.6.x) recognizes it perfectly. This, teamed up with the FFADO firewire drivers for JACK, mean that there's a lot of audio possiblities around. :-)

On the "input" side, we've got the Akai LPD 8 midi controller (usb complaint), the Emu XBoard 61 (usb complaint too).

On the "fader side", there's a Frontier Design Alphatrack, which has support as an ALSA MIDI device trough a kernel module (bit of hassle, works well though).

The Software involved will be another post, But this is the hardware available to me at the moment.

Cheers, -Harry

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