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+1 to Echo's Linux compatibility.  I used the Echo Audiofire12 for a year in my studio, and it worked wonderfully!  I recently upgraded to an RME Raydat, and am selling my Audiofire12, if anyone is interested...

--Jason <--(commercial studio run entirely on Linux)

On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 1:20 PM, Bob Andres <bob@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Seems right on to me......that's the reason I went with Echo Audiofire 8's.    Let's keep the good guys in business!!!

On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM, Ronald Stewart <ronaldjstewart@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
maybe I got up on the wrong side of the bed today but here is the cold hard facts and truth about the musical instrument business and Linux Audio.

First, I have sat down with Tascam TOP DECISION MAKERS for over 30 hours in 7 years with TOTAL FACE TO FACE conversations
along with Alesis, Akai, M-Audio, AVID, and EVERY OTHER manufacturer on EARTH!!!
Plus I have dealt with Guitar Center, Musicians Friend, and SamAsh buyers for nearly 4 years.

Second, Tascam sucks and what you and ALL OTHERS WHO WRITE THIS LONG FELT STORY ABOUT THE POTENTIAL of Linux Audio users need to know
and DO is SUPPORT companies that do support Linux Audio.  I suggest Echo Audio because they work with Linux and FFADO and others to make a great user experience for
Linux Audio.  There are others like Harrison, RME (kinda) and some class compliant supported devices Edirol, Lexicon, M-audio etc. that are Linux friendly NOT BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BE but because of the STEVE JOBS affect of Apple.  In fact Linux is not a priority and neither was Apple until the brute force MARKET SHIFT in Apple lately.
Linux is 1% and Apple is at best 7% and the only reason why ANY of these companies are working with Apple is because you CANNOT get into an Apple store or their ECOSYSTEM UNLESS you are class compliant.  Until 2 years ago companies like m-audio and all the rest had their own driver mickey mouse way of making things work.
Thank GOD that Apple finally kicked butt enough to straighten out the musical instrument companies bot because they are "great guys" but because of MONEY!!!

Now you and everyone else can take this info as fact or not.  BUT and HOWEVER, I have spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to build products in Linux for Linux for YEARS!!!!  With tens of thousands of dollars spent I can tell you from my checkbook and WALLET that I maybe moved the ball from the one yard line to the nine yard line.

From experience just go with companies who care about Linux and the user experience and who PUT THEIR MONEY WHERE THEIR MOUTH IS!!!!
Support those programs, software, hardware etc. instead of writing 'heartful letters' in hope of response.  I guarantee you that the decision makers at these companies
ARE NOT THAT SMART in fact if they were Apple would hire them.  These 'others' are there because they SUCK at their jobs and decision making abilities and that is why
if you ever go to a trade show you will see that companies like FILL IN THE BLANK do not make new and cool stuff but wait for a GREAT product to come along and then KNOCK IT OFF so that everyone else benefits.  The worst part of this is that users go and buy their garbage keeping us in the INSANE LOOPS OF CRAPPY STUFF THAT SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EXAMPLE the monome cool product with buttons and now their are lame copies by ALL THE BIG BOYS and sadly thats the one a lot of people buy to keep this CRAPPY party going.

Period end of story.... if you thinnk you know better then send me your receipts of all the money you spent to challenge and debunk THIS HARD CORE FACT!!!

BIG REQUEST can someone post this response somewhere so every time this subject comes up I don't have to keep spelling it out :)

Thank you

Ronald Stewart

On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 12:10 PM, Gerald Mwangi <gerald.mwangi@xxxxxx> wrote:
Hi guys, I sent the following mail to TASCAM (to the pre-sales information). Hope to move something in their thinking.

I'm deciding whether to buy the US-1800. Since I run Linux (Ubuntu) with jack and ardour ( ), I need to know if the device is USB 2.0 audio class compliant or if there are plans for a dedicated driver. Or at least plans to publish sufficient information to the linux audio developers ( If nothing is planned in that direction, I will switch to the Firewire solutions from Focusrite, since Focusrite actively supports the linux audio developers! It's not that much work to disclose some information. And you'll have some 500+ linux musicians BUYING YOUR PRODUCTS! Afterall, your a hardware vendor, not a software vendor.
Gerald Mwangi

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