[ardour-users] A decent sound card for Ardour

John Emmas johne53 at tiscali.co.uk
Thu Feb 8 05:19:37 PST 2007

Hi Sampo,

On my particular version, the white buttons are at the bottom of the strip
and they don't seem to do anything under Ubuntu (although on my Windows
copy, they seem to be track labels that I can name).  Underneath the white
button is a black button with A1&2 or A3&4 or AN1&2 etc.  I can change those
black buttons to wherever I want - but the sound doesn't go anywhere, except
for the playback channel meters (which are the ones on the middle row).

This might be significant.... At the top right-hand side of my screen is a
small speaker icon.  If I click my mouse on it, a fader drops down which is
set at minimum level.  If I try to raise that fader, I can't set it any
higher than the minimum level.  I can't help wondering if that's got
something to do with my problem.  Under Preferences->Sound, I selected my
RME Hammerfall as the default device but that didn't make any difference

My "gut feeling" is that I've probably got 2 lots of sound drivers, both
fighting over the same hardware.  In the past, this already caused me lots
of problems with other hardware devices, such as my graphics card and
broadband modem.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sampo Savolainen" <v2 at iki.fi>
To: "John Emmas" <johne53 at tiscali.co.uk>
Cc: <ardour-users at lists.ardour.org>
Sent: 08 February 2007 12:46
Subject: Re: [ardour-users] A decent sound card for Ardour

> Quoting John Emmas <johne53 at tiscali.co.uk>:
>> Anyway, I can now display the mixer panel.  If I try to play a sound, it
>> appears on playback channels 1&2 but they don't seem to be routed
>> anywhere.
> Isn't that the problem then? Sound like you just need to route playback
> channels 1 and 2 to the outputs you are listening to. I'm not sure how
> familiar you are with hdspmixer, but I'll try to make it simple:
> The topmost channels are the physical inputs. These can be routed anywhere
> you like. Routing is done by selecting a target by pressing the white
> button
> on the top of the strip. Then the fader and panner on that channel selects
> how much of the signal is sent to the output. These work in stereo pairs
> which make things a bit confusing for mono work, but it's okay.
> The middle channels are the "software outputs", so to speak. This means
> that
> these are the channels your route audio to in software, in jack for
> example
> these are alsa_pcm:playback_[x] . These software outputs are routed to
> physical outputs just like the physical inputs.
> The bottom channels are the physical outputs. The faders on these strips
> change the actual volume of the output port. Note that there are 2 extra
> channels here called "AN L" and "AN R". These outputs represent the
> headphone output in your multiface / digiface.
> Oh, and regarding searching: searching in linux often relies in a timed
> scan
> of the full system (a so-called cronjob) which usually run once a day.
> Searching this way is extremely fast, but it's unable to find newly added
> files.
> If you want to see what files a package you've installed put in your
> system,
> you can use the following command line command:
> dpkg -L [package name]
> for example:
> $ dpkg -L alsa-tools-gui
> /.
> /usr
> /usr/bin
> /usr/bin/echomixer
> /usr/bin/envy24control
> /usr/bin/hdspconf
> /usr/bin/hdspmixer
> /usr/bin/rmedigicontrol
> /usr/share
> /usr/share/doc
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui/echomixer
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui/echomixer/AUTHORS
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui/echomixer/README
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui/envy24control
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui/envy24control/AUTHORS
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui/envy24control/README
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui/envy24control/README.profiles.gz
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui/hdspconf
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui/hdspconf/AUTHORS
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui/hdspconf/README
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui/hdspmixer
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui/hdspmixer/AUTHORS
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui/hdspmixer/README
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui/hdspmixer/TODO
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui/hdspmixer/NEWS.gz
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui/rmedigicontrol
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui/rmedigicontrol/AUTHORS
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui/rmedigicontrol/README
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui/rmedigicontrol/NEWS.gz
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui/changelog.gz
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui/copyright
> /usr/share/doc/alsa-tools-gui/changelog.Debian.gz
> /usr/share/man
> /usr/share/man/man1
> /usr/share/man/man1/envy24control.1.gz
> /usr/share/pixmaps
> /usr/share/pixmaps/hdspconf.png
> /usr/share/pixmaps/hdspmixer.png
> /usr/share/applications
> /usr/share/applications/hdspconf.desktop
> /usr/share/applications/hdspmixer.desktop
> /usr/share/menu
> /usr/share/menu/alsa-tools-gui
>  Sampo

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