Project update

Thanks to TC Applied Technologies, I have the opportunity again this year to go to the Musikmesse in Frankfurt later this week. This gives me the opportunity to meet vendors face-to-face, which might help getting some extra support. Many thanks to TCAT (especially Steven) for this.

The main goal of this trip is to meet with the people behind the TC Konnekt interfaces to discuss support for their devices. I'm very interested in this meeting, and will definitely keep you posted on how things evolve. On the 'convince-a-sceptic' quest my first priorities will be Presonus and Alesis, but the more the merrier I'd say.

Being at the Musikmesse anyway, I will also try and meet up with the other vendors of FireWire devices. I will definitely drop by the Focusrite stand to thank them for the support, and show off our support for their devices. The same scenario will bring me to the Musonic stand (former Terratec Producer), ESI (if present) and Mackie (if I can find a FireWire rep). The ECHO people have already informed me that they won't be there. Before people start suggesting it, I'll even drop by at the RME stand, although I'm not going to be too persistent. They know the deal. Hey, I might even drop by the MotU stand and give them an opportunity to do what they like... laugh at open source. In any case, it is important not to forget who pays my visit, which means that vendors using DICE have priority.

It has been almost one year since the FFADO project was launched, and people increasingly wonder when we are going to release. A very valid question indeed, but let me first make some remarks on this. First of all, consider the fact that we are a very small group of developers (about 3 core developers) that all have a daytime job and some sort of 'other' life. That certainly doesn't speed up the development process. A second issue is that we feel that for this type of project one should be very careful about the quality of the released code. There are a lot of variables that are out of our control (distribution configuration, interrupt sharing, firewire controller, cables, ...), meaning that we'd better make sure that our code works. The FreeBoB project learned us that releasing quality code will give you less support work afterwards, and that's what we'd like to achieve with FFADO too.

That's for the disclaimer, now let's get to the point: the code currently in the development repository is functional for all supported devices, except for the reverse engineered MOTU code. The latter should be working, but hasn't been verified thoroughly yet. The performance of the current codebase is comparable to the FreeBoB code, both in CPU usage, reliability as latency. The main issues that still have to be resolved are mainly related to aesthetics, distribution and installation. What this means is that you can expect a beta version pretty soon. Maybe even before FFADO's first anniversary?

Greets,

Pieter Palmers
(on behalf of the FFADO team)

Mackie Onyx Mixers

Today we received the Onyx Mixer with FireWire expansion card Mackie provided us with. This means that the FireWire option card for the Onyx Mixers will be supported in the upcoming FFADO release.

Note that currently only the Onyx Mixers are supported, NOT the Onyx 400F, 1200F or Satellite.

Focusrite Saffire Support

Focusrite has donated us a Saffire Pro 26 I/O and a Saffire.

This means that now their entire range is upgraded to the 'supported' status, since the Pro10 is a derivative of the Pro26 and the Saffire LE is a derivative of the Saffire.

Kudos to Focusrite (& Nick and Lars in particular).

Echo AudioFire 2

Today we received an AudioFire 2 from Echo Audio, so now we can start working on support for the Echo AudioFire range of devices.

Update on Vendor support

Over the last weeks we have been communicating with some vendors, resulting in some extra information on vendor support.

The good news:

  • Focusrite provided a Saffire, a Saffire PRO26 and the necessary information (i.e. all we need)
  • Echo Audio will provide provided an AudioFire 2 and the necessary info and developer support (including source code).
  • Terratec Producer and ESI were with us from the start, and they still are.

Work-in-progress:

  • Presonus will has promised to provide us with everything we need. (but hasn't delivered yet)
  • We have contact with Focusrite, but we still have to work out the details.
  • TC Electronic are interested (regarding the Konnekt devices) but there are no specific details yet.
  • Metric Halo have requested us to support their devices, but it has been rather silent on that end.

The bad news:

  • Alesis can't free up the resources to support us for the moment. Once that changes they will contact us.
  • Mackie don't respond to our emails. haven't made up their minds yet.

Device Support database updated

The Device Support database has been updated with all FireWire based Audio products I know of / could find.

New name = new sites, new lists, ...

As of today (April 06) we have a new user site, a new developer site, new mailing lists and a new IRC channel.

The end-user site isn't very complete yet, but that will change in the near future. Any help is welcome.

What we don't yet have is a new release, but that is being worked on.

Musikmesse

We will attend the Musikmesse in Frankfurt to meet the people from TC Applied Technologies, the manufacturers of the DICE platform. This visit will also be used as an opportunity to visit all other vendors selling FireWire audio interfaces in order to introduce FFADO to them.

5th Linux Audio Conference, Berlin

The FFADO project was announced as the successor of FreeBoB, broadening the project's target towards all FireWire audio devices.

The current codebase ('FreeBoB-2.0') was demonstrated.

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