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General Discussion / RME HDSPe AIO
« on: April 11, 2020, 11:09:26 am »
Friends of the Power community, hello to all and happy Easter 2020 to all, even if in this good period unfortunately there is really little but patience, strength and courage.

As you can see from the title of the new discussion, I'm here to tell you about my new and last purchase for my nice Power system.
As you know, the very good Sound Blaster AE-9 that I got at the beginning, when I assembled what has become my Power computer, is not currently supported and so I can't use it. The fact is that I also wanted the dedicated sound card because I'm a fan of music, sound of my own and I love high quality and audio in particular, also I'm one who buys music whenever possible, in high definition formats that is Bluray audio and Super Audio CD, as well as some audio DVD if you can still find it.
So after some research I got interested in the RME AHSPe AIO which was the only one of the sound cards supported by Linux, to be in my opinion up to what I wanted and not to regret the AE-9. At first I wasn't sure if it worked completely and wiki didn't give me all the information I needed and so I probed the ground until I managed to find a forum where a guy had bought and tested this sound card for a long time. So I signed up and got everything explained and finally ordered it and luckily it arrived on time. I'll put a picture of the card just so you can get a general idea of what it looks like. So compared to the AE-9, which currently represents I think the reference point for quality sound cards on computers, this one has no separate power supply. So it's powered from the motherboard and probably in an absolute sense it's better to have separate power supply for minor disturbances, caused by other components like the graphics card and that can be detected. Another thing that jumps out at you is that the RME has two connectors to which dedicated cable assemblies are connected for the various input and output connections. This allows the RME to have more inputs and outputs than the AE-9, including the balanced ones that are not available to everyone and that the AE-9 does not have, but on the other hand these adapters are a bit cumbersome and can have some more dispersion than the direct ones connected to the card. An added value of the RME compared to the AE-9 in my opinion is for sure the made in Germany, from my friend MPC yes, this card is made in Europe and now I have the pleasure to say that my Power computer is mostly made in the West which today, especially in the world of consumer electronics is almost impossible! Reading a review of this RME, as a merit, they also wrote the made in Germany, so we agree that it's really an added value of this sound card and that RME is a beautiful reality just like Raptor, not a giant that eats only profits but a small company of people who do their job for passion first and this is fantastic. The components it is made of, you can immediately see that it is of high quality, there are 2 BB DACs, 1 Analog Device DAC, excellent analog section, in short you can see the quality of the board in the round. Of course the AE-9 boasts some of the most 'emblazoned components such as the ESS Sabre 9038 DAC, which is able to go up to a sampling rate of 384 KHZ with 32-bit digital signal processing while the RME comes to a very good 24-bit/192 KHZ. On the AE-9 you can change the operational amplifiers, making the board even more performing, but in general we can say that for Linux and Power so, in my opinion, better than the RME is difficult to find at the moment. Speaking about listening impressions so far, 
I can say that the difference with the integrated audio of the Blackbird is obviously heard, although I must say that the integrated audio of our beautiful motherboard always behaves well, but certainly for obvious reasons the dedicated card, especially if it is of quality as it is, it makes its superiority felt and it is also fair seeing how much it costs. The audio becomes more present, rich in detail, more dynamic and full-bodied, moreover, various possibilities open up in the professional audio field, with a whole series of operations that cannot be done with the integrated audio. Another differnza then that there is with Creative is precisely the approach that RME has with this sound card and with its products of this type, in fact this AIO, as well as the sound card previous to her, gives the possibility to expand the outputs and entrances in a very professional and qualitative way. In fact, there is the possibility of connecting 2 further boards with 4 other inputs and 4 outputs, dedicated, independent and with their own analog and DAC section. If on the one hand the costs are obviously higher, on the other you understand very well the type of product, a product born for professional studios and for making and listening to high quality audio, therefore a decidedly more professional and dedicated approach to a more professional market than Creative. The AIO card has a fairly important cost, its cost is 579 Euros (I speak in Euros of course but you can do the quick conversion into dollars) and if you want an I / O expansion card it takes another 200 Euros. I think next month I will buy the expansion with 4 additional outputs, so that I can connect some other pair of speakers and make a more enveloping audio. As regards the installation and configuration, just mounted, the card is immediately recognized by Linux, unlike obviously the AE-9 which has no support and therefore is not even detected and when it does it cannot be started due to lack of drivers. We therefore have immediate recognition because I have read that for some time now there are ALSA drivers installed by default in the Kernel and therefore these cards are fully supported. Having said that, however, to make it work, you need to install the ALSA-TOOS-GUI package which is now at version and which is found without problems on the net. Once that is installed, a series of executables appear with mixer as an icon and when you open ALSAMIXER from the terminal, it allows you to act on the various channels, which before installing this package does not make you do. Except that really only HDSEMixer is working, which opens regularly and allows you to make various adjustments in detail. The remaining executables don't work I don't know why and the executable that has the hammer as its icon, what is called HDSPconf, does not open, I don't know why maybe there are some bugs that have not been resolved yet and therefore it doesn't work . In any case, this does not affect the functionality of the card at all, which is fine and can be managed both by the ALSAMixer and by HDSPeMixer. I'll post the photo of what this mixer looks like. Ultimately I can say I am very satisfied with my Power System, I lacked the completion of the ideal system and now with this card there is and I am very happy with it. I know that today only some of us are dedicated to audio on the computer because integrated audio is now working well and for many it is going so well that the sound card market has contracted a lot in recent years. I also know that in this Power community, maybe I'm the only one who has purchased the dedicated sound card and who loves this section, but I know that it can be useful to everyone in general to have further information on this section and in fact Raptor he asked to report all the impressions and all the information I had once I installed and tested the card.

Operating Systems and Porting / Re: Firefox Status
« on: April 08, 2020, 12:14:30 pm »
Guys Firefox 75 seems to bring a lot of interesting news on Linux with this latest version. Try it then as soon as our Power version comes out ...

Operating Systems and Porting / Re: Possibility to install Amiga OS 4
« on: April 08, 2020, 12:10:28 pm »
Yes good, these two mentioned by you also work, I had tried to download Morph OS thinking that maybe it had a more compatible firmware with Power but nothing even works directly. It is to be seen how it works in case of emulation, I have never been in favor of emulators, they usually do not have the same performance as when it is directed ... Then I can be wrong, maybe for Amiga OS there is no problem because is slimmer and lighter than Linux ...

General Discussion / Re: The pride of being Power!
« on: April 04, 2020, 08:42:08 am »
Sorry I have not seen the post where you wrote the type of CPU you are going to mount. I read long ago your article related to the discussion of X86 and Power, their constant comparison and you wrote at some point that Power competes with X86. I am not much with this statement because I know that by nature instead Power has always been superior as an X86 micorproccesore for a variety of reasons. There are too many people who are still very ignorant today and do not realize what is really out there, so I think we should have no problem reiterating this concept in my opinion. Days ago I came across an article where he talks that in all likelihood, Apple from 2021 will bring all the Mac eco system on ARM. Under the article there were obviously several comments and a guy made a comment related to the past that made me angry a lot. He expressed his doubt about this step and wrote that at the time Apple did well to make that step because X86 is far superior to Power PC while now not sure that according to him this step can give real advantages. At that point I replied saying: nice friend you see that X86 has never been and will never be far superior to Power put it on your head. Apple at the time only switched to Intel for commercial reasons, the possibility of running Windows natively and bragging that it was much faster than a normal PC and for the reason that Power heated too much on the portals and therefore it was not possible to mount them and since it has always been their main market on the Mac side, this obviously damaged them a lot. Alche 'replies with even more ignorance and arrogance, making absurd comparisons or Macs of 2005 now no longer updated as hardwere and increasingly in difficulty' obvious and with the increasing handicap of the universal code applied from that moment until end of his days and an Intel system that was increasingly optimized and updated! Obviously that way you see the best performance on X86 we are all so good! In the end I sent him to that country for excessive ignorance and not knowing how to look beyond his nose and I ended the conversation. All this to say how many people are too convinced today, just because one thing has more trade than another but that has never meant that it is the best just because it is more commercial. So I think every opportunity is good to say and point out to these beasts, that Power is another thing and that is above them!

Blackbird / Re: Menu and options of PetitBoot
« on: April 03, 2020, 05:06:14 pm »
What do you mean by making a request? I believe that it depends above all on who wants and has the ability to be able to do such a thing. Unfortunately I am not capable otherwise I would have done it. I think an X86 bios-style menu is very complete and provides different options and information about the machine ... It is something we are currently missing ...

General Discussion / Re: The pride of being Power!
« on: April 03, 2020, 05:03:11 pm »
I get it. But which model of Power 9 have you decided to put in this new Talos? Yes Power 10 will be phenomenal but it is still far away, but I am waiting more for the new Power 9 which will in any case be a big step forward and will have a lot of power under the hood ...

User Zone / Re: Sound card enabling RME HDSPe AIO
« on: April 03, 2020, 03:22:46 pm »
Hi Raptor, I managed to get the information I was looking for, I joined a forum called LinuxMusicians, in which I found a very nice user who gave me all the information I needed. He told me that the RME HDSPe AIO works well under Linux and that even if it costs a bit, I won't regret it. He told me that Alsa support started years ago, support has been present in the kernel for years now. I had Alsa-Tools installed which I found in a version and then the Alsa firmware dedicated to RME cards. Now I should be ready to use this Sound Card, I just ordered it and I hope it arrives in normal times given the emergency COVID-19 ... Thanks for the information, I will write on the forum to give news of how it goes this beautiful sound card. See you soon and hold on that the Power community needs you in the first place! We must overcome the crisis! If there is something we can do to help you don't exist to ask, the Power community is all with you!

General Discussion / Re: The pride of being Power!
« on: April 03, 2020, 11:51:39 am »
Excellent Classic, then tell us how you configure the new computer, with all the features and any additional cards you will put ...!

General Discussion / Re: The pride of being Power!
« on: April 01, 2020, 01:10:07 pm »
Of course, the production and shipping of COVID-19 in this period also becomes a serious problem for Raptor, also in Italy in Italy they have closed almost everything except the essential companies and others converted to the production of protective masks. Except that if I'm not mistaken, the production plant, Raptor has it in Texas so maybe they don't have any particular restrictions yet but I don't know what kind of situation is in Texas currently ...

User Zone / Re: Sound card enabling RME HDSPe AIO
« on: March 31, 2020, 03:23:15 pm »
So I did a search on the internet but the doubts remained. In the list of cards supported by Alsa, the RME HDSPe AIO is not listed. I then looked for information in other forums and some say it works well even if there is no support for additional cards but the AIO works well for them. Another thing that is not clear to me and what does that freeBSD reported on Wiki mean for this card, I don't think it refers to the Unix derived operating system called freeBSD because I don't think it makes sense. Moral of the story I'm not understanding if this card works on Linux or not ... :-\

User Zone / Re: Sound card enabling
« on: March 31, 2020, 01:35:45 pm »
Yes, this I understood on AE-9, so you mean I have to check in Alsa's list if there is the RME mentioned in the wiki. Well thanks for the information I check Alsa's list and see if I find it ... thanks

User Zone / Re: Sound card enabling
« on: March 31, 2020, 07:32:53 am »
you want to tell me that it is enough to install the card and with Alsa that is already supplied by default on Linux I can make the card work without the need for specific additional drivers ??

Blackbird / Re: Menu and options of PetitBoot
« on: March 31, 2020, 01:11:21 am »
ok understood Classic, thanks for the clarification, then it would take someone who can do it ... :-) ;D

Blackbird / Re: Menu and options of PetitBoot
« on: March 30, 2020, 05:18:48 pm »
does that mean there is a request to improve the Petitboot menu? I'm reading this but I don't know if they want to understand this meaning or anything ...

User Zone / Re: RME Sound card enabling
« on: March 30, 2020, 04:28:03 pm »
Hi everyone, unfortunately, currently unable to use Creative's excellent Sound Blaster AE-9, for lack of drivers, I was turning my attention to a sound card that the Wiki guide says to be working on Power or the RME HDSPe AIO . Does anyone know how to make it work and where to find any drivers that are needed to make it work properly on our Power systems? Thanks

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