Well, the problem with the Mackie Firewire devices is more an end of driver support I think if you take a look at the driver matrix on the Mackie home page. I cannot vouch for Jerry (whose software choices make clear that his solution is a different one), my own solution involves using Linux where stuff that works with free drivers tends to keep doing so indefinitely. There is sort-of a caveat for really old Firewire devices since around 2008 or so the whole Firewire stack got rewritten which mostly affects some old Firewire interfaces, like Cardbus ones.Glenn wrote: ↑Sun Jun 17, 2018 7:24 amHi Jerry,
I see you are using a Mackie with FireWire interface. How do you use this these days when FireWire is a thing of the past and no laptops support it? I ask as I was offered a FireWire mixer the other month and I couldn’t see how to shoehorn it into my preferred setup.
My own computing hardware tends to run a few years behind. I've recently upgraded from a Thinkpad T61 (4-pin Firewire in front) to a Thinkpad T420 which had a modem output in back: useless for me. Instead of a modem output, there is a rarely used Firewire option board I got for about $7 from China (having to add a piece of celluloid to close the resulting gap), so I am back to built-in Firewire. In the meantime, I'd substituted an Expresscard Firewire interface: the T420 has an expresscard slot.
With regard to spanking new hardware, I have heard that a Thunderbolt-to-Firewire interface available for about $30 for Apple computers works fine with other laptops having Thunderbolt (like some recent Thinkpads) even under Linux. I'd expect this to be similar with other operating systems as long as the end device remains supported.
The dying driver and interface support (sometimes but not necessarily also implying dying drivers) that does not really affect me all that much as Linux user means that the used audio device market has a pretty good value to price ratio since Firewire devices of that vintage were in the expensive part of the spectrum and often employed when the data rates of USB1.1 (!) did not support more than 2 channels.
But the DAW choice is of course limited for me: basically Ardour is the tool of choice.