[Ardour-Users] trouble with retaining microphone connectivity over multiple sessions in Ardou

Cameron Metcalf podeas at gmail.com
Wed Jun 24 13:01:59 PDT 2015

Hi Ralf,
The set-up works one time, EVERY time I re-install Ubuntu studio afresh.
Audio works in and out using the software defaults.
In other words, I've been able to get it to work 4-5 times, but then the
connectivity dies. After a couple days of seeing this take place and
reading the resources already mentioned, that's when I contacted the list.

It's after a system re-boot, it stops working - which is why people
correctly thought it might be the loading sequence of the sound card or the
way qjack was finding the sound card.

I have run all of this hardware with Win7, but with the presonus native
software and it worked consistently.  For various reasons, I'd prefer to
work in the Linux environment, though.

I am positive the problems are not related to USB or microphone cables.


On Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 3:26 PM, Ralf Mardorf <ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net>

> On Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:14:49 -0700, Bruno Ruviaro wrote:
> >Probably not too helpful, but in any case I can report I have
> >experienced a similar "mysterious" problem with a PreSonus VSL 1818 in
> >Ubuntu.
> For the OP it worked one time. It can't fit exactly to Chris' guess [1],
> but I anyway would install a Windows for testing purpose, run Windows
> and reboot to Linux. You perhaps should test different kernels. Did you
> install any upgrades? Take a look at the history, perhaps there is
> something audio related, resp. a kernel upgarde and you maybe could
> downgrade from the package cache or maybe another kernel still is
> in /boot. I've got bad luck with one audio card, all channels show up
> as jackd ports, but not all provide an audio signal. However, those
> channels never worked on Linux, while they work on FreeBSD and Win XP.
> Since the OP's card worked one time, there might be a way to get it
> working again. Some times we miss the forest for the trees. I'm a Linux
> user and installed FreeBSD and Win XP for testing purpose. It doesn't
> harm and those installs could be removed after testing. It still could
> be a handling error. It's strange that it worked one time.
> [1]
> Begin forwarded message:
> Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:21:57 -0500
> From: "Chris Caudle" <chris at chriscaudle.org>
> To: ardour-users at lists.ardour.org
> Subject: Re: [Ardour-Users] trouble with retaining microphone
> connectivity over multiple sessions in Ardou
> [snip]
> Is there any chance that the mic preamps require the use of the VSL
> software to configure and enable them, and that the Windows driver
> stores the last used setting for you, so if you reboot after using
> Windows the settings are kept, but when you power down the settings are
> lost?
> Kind of a long shot, but given that the behavior changes between when
> you first install and subsequent times you power up your computer it's
> worth asking.
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