Recommend some audio hardware to use with Ardour on Linux?
Hi all. Ive been watching the ardour project for a while, and the other day I decided to compile a copy of the Ardour SVN. So far I havent encountered any noteable problems, so props to the devs for making such an awesome software project.
Down to business though. I want to set up a computer based recording system, as an alternative to my ADAT machines (Looks like everyone is going disk based these days anyway). I'm seriously considering setting up an Ardour+Linux system, since Linux is my OS of choice, and Ardour seems like a solid piece of software. So this brings the question, what hardware to use with Ardour?
Ideally, I'd love to have something capable of doing about 16 channels of audio at a time. I've heard the m-audio delta series cards work well under linux, but unfortunately the most expensive one only offers about 10 channels max, and I doubt I could run two in parallel. I was really excited about Mackie's Onyx series mixers, which have the firewire card, but unfortunately those mixers need either ASIO or CoreAudio, neither of which is available on linux - to my knowledge anyways. (It seems ASIO is a copyrighted API, so a free software implementation of that would be difficult, if not impossible)
So in short, can anyone recommend some Linux+Ardour compatable hardware to achieve 16 channels of audio i/o?