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nazaroo2
January 22nd, 2012, 03:43 PM
I was using digitech RPx400 to input guitar.

But I want quality line inputs for a mixing board/microphones etc. and playback.

Is there a pci card that is easy to use with Linux shareware studio stuff,
and is also cheap, but with good A/D converters?

What is recommended, and what is easy to install, and cheap?

I don't want to buy an mbox outboard unit, because this is like $200 or more.

I was hoping for a cheap card with good D/A converters which is recognizable and compatible with Linux. (I can't go back to Windoze)

thank you for any advice here.

satanselbow
January 22nd, 2012, 04:30 PM
I use behringer stuff for misc audio input ie uca200 for phono inputs (mixer etc) http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/UCA202.aspx (i've got 2 of them at the moment) as well as their guitar link. Also use their UMX25 for music keyboard / midi triggering ;)

All recognised as "standard" devices in their own respective class under 11.10 (though I use LM12) with the 3.0.0-13-lowlatency-pae kernel keeping every lag free :D

Very much depends how many simultaneous inputs you need?

nazaroo2
January 22nd, 2012, 05:31 PM
I use behringer stuff for misc audio input ie uca200 for phono inputs (mixer etc) http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/UCA202.aspx (i've got 2 of them at the moment) as well as their guitar link. Also use their UMX25 for music keyboard / midi triggering ;)

All recognised as "standard" devices in their own respective class under 11.10 (though I use LM12) with the 3.0.0-13-lowlatency-pae kernel keeping every lag free :D

Very much depends how many simultaneous inputs you need?

Thanks for this:

I see they are on the internet for about $25.00

Do you know what is the difference bewteen the 202 and the UCA222?

On one site they say:
High-resolution 48 kHz converters for high-end audio quality

does this mean that the 202 has only 44 kHz?

sgx
January 23rd, 2012, 05:47 AM
There are a few pci cards from m-audio that use the snd_ice1712
kernel module, and envy24control mixer, since years of tweaking them have passed,
any config help is already on google, and common in
forums. The AV Linux dev uses m-audio Delta1010 or 1010LT,
and I think two at once sometimes. Several topics are here, in the archives.
Cheers

nazaroo2
January 23rd, 2012, 06:30 AM
There are a few pci cards from m-audio that use the snd_ice1712
kernel module, and envy24control mixer, since years of tweaking them have passed,
any config help is already on google, and common in
forums. The AV Linux dev uses m-audio Delta1010 or 1010LT,
and I think two at once sometimes. Several topics are here, in the archives.
Cheers

Thanks for you help.
I will do a search for the snd_ice1712 because I have no idea what that is right now.

sgx
January 23rd, 2012, 08:20 PM
Thanks for you help.
I will do a search for the snd_ice1712 because I have no idea what that is right now.
the command lsmod outputs your system kernel modules.
Some modules interact others, as shown in the list below
from the audio portion of the lsmod output on my setup:

snd_ice1712 50334 0
snd_ice17xx_ak4xxx 1992 1 snd_ice1712
snd_ak4xxx_adda 7570 2 snd_ice1712,snd_ice17xx_ak4xxx
snd_cs8427 5944 1 snd_ice1712
snd_ac97_codec 90143 1 snd_ice1712
ac97_bus 850 1 snd_ac97_codec
snd_i2c 3141 2 snd_ice1712,snd_cs8427
snd_mpu401_uart 4983 1 snd_ice1712
snd_rawmidi 15287 2 snd_usbmidi_lib,snd_mpu401_uart
snd_seq_dummy 1135 0
snd_seq_oss 25264 0
snd_seq_midi_event 4648 1 snd_seq_oss
snd_seq 42136 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_seq_device 4457 4 snd_rawmidi,snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq
snd_pcm_oss 33854 0
snd_pcm 60702 4 snd_usb_audio,snd_ice1712,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_o ss
snd_timer 15383 2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
snd_page_alloc 6037 1 snd_pcm
snd_mixer_oss 12981 1 snd_pcm_oss
snd 43189 17 snd_usb_audio,snd_hwdep,snd_usbmidi_lib,snd_ice171 2,snd_ak4xxx_adda,snd_cs8427,snd_ac97_codec,snd_i2 c,snd_mpu401_uart,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq, snd_seq_device,snd_pcm_oss,snd_pcm,snd_timer,snd_m ixer_oss

modprobe is a command to load a kernel module that is needed for
new hardware,
modprobe snd_ice1712

This step likely won't be needed, but it's good to know.
Cheers