I have a Yamaha 01V96. I would like to get an Ardour system set up running on Gentoo Linux and use my Yamaha board as my audio interface. What would you guys recomend to input my 01V96 into Ardour? So far, it seems that the RME Hammerfal l HDSP 9652 is the best option. Are there any others out there? Is there a less costly option?
I'm looking for a sound card with two or three ADAT optical inputs and outputs so I can send at least 16 channels into Ardour (24 would be even better) and at least 8 channels out.
Also, what is the state of control surface functionality for Ardour? I'd like to be able to use my 01V96 as a control surface during mixing via the Mackie HUI Protocol.
I'm currently a Protools user, and while I'm not ready to dump my PT system completely, I'm seriously looking for alternatives.