The motherboard on my very old studio PC is dying, and I’ve replaced it with a slightly-less-old one but now I’ve hit a snag. My also-venerable Tascam US-428 causes the OS (AVLinux) to keep throwing “usb_set_interface error” messages and doesn’t show up except very occasionally in lsusb. Not good, and I can’t find much to tweak software-wise to try to fix it (tempted to go for a Gentoo build but that’s a bit daunting after years off that distro)
My hope: the Tascam is somehow incompatible with the motherboard USB controllers, but the PCI USB card I have on order will work just fine. That will be the cheapest fix (unless I eventually find a software tweak).
Trouble is, if I have to replace it I can’t find anything with such a nice “breakout” capability: four accessible inputs sat on the desktop, XLR and 1/4". I mean, some of the FireFace units look pretty good but are hundreds of pounds.
So, I’m not looking for “good for ardour” recommendations, I know those are generally frowned upon especially as hardware compatibility can be completely random, but I’d appreciate some steers on something with good desktop breakout/ease of accessibility characteristics that I can research further. Happy to go PCI, Firewire or, if completely necessary, USB but I don’t really trust the latter any more. Perhaps something few years old or out of date that I can search eBay and the like for on the grounds that budget is practically non-existent.
Many thanks for any feedback.