Well, let’s make a new thread so others can find it…
I use the R24 on Linux (Fedora), with Ardour in ALSA mode. They play nice together. All 8 inputs can be used simultaneuously for recording. As control surface (Mackie protocol), you get the sliders (8 + master), transport controls, 5 programmable function keys, and mute/record/solo buttons and leds.
I am very happy with the R24 but should it break down I will probably buy an R16. In practice I seldom use more than 8 tracks to mix while recording and I do not use the sequencer, editor and drum kit features. I record with “Always new” so I always get a new file for a new recording. After recording I can play the file, and if I want to hear it during further recordings I assign it to another track. So basically I use bank 1 for recording, bank 2 for recordings to hear while making new recordings. Overdubs are just stored on the SD card. Finally I transport everything to Ardour and the real fun starts.
In general you have to use the same device for input and output. It is possible to use two (or more) devices with jackd using sample rate conversion to handle the slight mismatch in real sample rate that exists for two separate devices running at the same nominal sample rate, built in with jackd 1, or using zita-ajbridge for jackd2, but I do not think Ardour directly incorporates the same capability yet.
So, if I understand correctly, as long as I’m using Jack, this setup will work with Ardour, right?
And another question for Sciurius:
Can I apply zoom’s inbuilt effects on audio signal when zoom works as audio interface?
Synth on zoom’s channel 1 in -> zoom’s delay or whatever -> Ardour audio track
Ok i see, I was just curious cause manual is somewhat vague for me when it comes to that.
Anyway thank you for bringing this device to my attention. I think I’ll have real fun with it.
If not it would be your fault, and Robin’s too because making it play nice with Ardour decisively pushed me to buy it (just kidding )
The LiveTraks are different beasts, although they have certain things in common with the Rxx. As I sometimes put it, oversimplified: the Lxx is a mixer that can record, the Rxx is a recorder that can mix. It is portable and can run on batteries. The Lxx has more inputs (some stereo) and more controls, and presets so you need less fiddling with the menus. Quite crucial during a live performance. It is much heavier and robust. And expensive.