Hey all, please forgive me if this topic has been hashed out before. I have done what I think are some pretty comprehensive searches here on the forums, and elsewhere, and haven’t found much discussion about it other than specific devices that people have been looking for help with, or really old (out of date?) discussions.
TL;DR version: What USB Audio interface have you been having good results with Ardour & Ubuntu 18.04?
If the answer is a link to someone else’s list or guides, that’s totally fine, and I will continue to use Tha Googz to see what I can find. I just need a little help - I will take every recommendation and every piece of advice into consideration.
Okay, on to what I have going on. I’ll make this point form.
- My wife is a singer/songwriter with tons of experience and a loud voice (haha)
- She composes primarily with a Yamaha E-Piano or an Acoustic piano (can’t remember the models off hand), and until now we’ve primarily just recorded using the audio signal (as opposed to MIDI) or mic’d up the Acoustic
- Up until now, we’ve been doing all our recording in a professional studio with a producer. It gets expensive (but at least that lets me call myself an Executive Producer, right?)
- We have a custom PC with some decent horsepower currently running Ubuntu 18.04
- I’ve been a Linux user since 2005ish but I haven’t had to dig around in *.conf files (etc) in quite some time so I am probably rusty but not incapable
- I have dabbled with one of the older versions of Ardour back when she was in a full band, but it was only for rough demos and we were all just thrashing around figuring out stuff as we went (if I am honest, that’s what I still do haha)
- We are in the process of sourcing a laptop with the primary purpose of convenient recording & editing; probably a System76 ServalWS with a few upgrades
- Once we get the laptop, I believe I should get a decent USB Audio interface to connect her mic to it for best results with Ardour for which I will be getting a subscription
- While price isn’t really an issue, I think it’s reasonable to suggest I’d like to keep it under $500 CAD for the interface. Obviously there’s a bit of you get what you pay for going on, I also know that more expensive doesn’t always mean better.
- We only need 2-in-2-out, but a little more room for growth would be nice
Now, my research has led be to think that the M-Audio Air line might be nice. But I have only begun to scratch the surface, and I’d prefer not to buy something excessive. I am quite aware that I don’t need excessive sample rates, for example. From what I have gleaned over the years, 48khz is probably the sweet spot. At the same time, I wouldn’t mind if it had a few extra bells & whistles in case we figure out that we can do this whole recording of music thing fairly well ourselves. At least for high quality demos.
My biggest concern is whether or not these devices have weirdness associated with either Linux in general, or Ardour/Jack in particular.
Whew, long winded. Sorry 'bout that. I’ll stop there. I’d be happy to give more information, and I’ll reiterate, I’d be content with a link to some already established lists that have thus far eluded me.