Audio interface ecommendation for live setup

  • angelsguitar
Posted: Mon, 11/10/2008 - 12:52
Hi. I need to buy a new audio interface to use in live performances with Rosegarden. I'll be playing back mostly MIDI sequences, but need to be able to use synths like Qsynth and Synthaddsubfx. So far. I've used an Audigy 2 ZS, which works great, but since almost all new laptops are switching to ExpressCard format (and I really need to buy a more powerful laptop for the task), I believe I'll have to switch to another Linux compatible solution. What would be a good option? I was considering X-Fi's from Creative, but have read they are not fully supported in Linux, so I think it leaves me with a USB interface to consider. Another option I was considering is a Behringer U-CONTROL UCA202 - I've heard it works in Linux, but am worried about how low is the latency on those cards (I'm able to run my Audigy 2 ZS at less than 10ms with Jack) Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

Thanks for the tip. Got the

  • angelsguitar
  • 12/22/07
  • Fri, 11/21/2008 - 10:53
Thanks for the tip. Got the UCA202, and works perfectly; ultra low latency is posible. I tested the UCA202 on my desktop, and ran without any Xruns at 5.33 ms (didn't test any lower than that, but I believe it can go lower). On my laptop, the latency was a little higher and some Xruns, but I believe it's due to the processor-chipset (It's a Celeron - gotta get something better for audio-MIDI work!!!)


  • Quentin Harley
  • 05/24/07
  • Mon, 11/10/2008 - 20:00
As far as I can tell, the latency should be sub 10ms on the device as well, as 10ms is just perceivable, and I read a few reviews that reports no noticeable latency. Easiest way is to take your laptop into the store and give it a quick workout. As far as I can tell it is also plug and play... Cheers, Q