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Making music with M-Audio on Linux

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on February 23, 2008 09:26 AM

I've been using 64studio for about a year and Demudi before that. My MAudio O2 has worked since Demudi (control knobs worked, but the midi instrument change will only change the instrument to select for channel 1 bank1 which is fine live but a pain when in Rosegarden) and the advanced functions button even works on my Keystation 61! The keystations have no display, but I can select the first 16 instruments with the advanced function button. The only downside is I can't change banks so I'm stuck with the first 16 instruments (although I can reassign those 16 as I please. I'm using kernel 2.6.17-2-multimedia-486 (real-time) currently.

I Just got a fast track and it shows up as "Bus 004 Device 006: ID 0763:2010 Midiman" in my devices, but nothing else. I Checked lsmod and made sure that...

snd_usb_audio 69856 0

snd_usb_lib 14848 1 snd_usb_audio

snd_hwdep 9092 1 snd_usb_audio

...were loaded.

No mention of the USB box in jack, and a quick check with alsamixer yielded nada as well. Maybe this thing will work with OSS, but I've been working with it and it seems like it only wants OSX. It works worse than my Soundblaster MP3+ external USB (1.0) on Windows. I bought this thing as a fire sale item at CompUSA's GOoB sale, and I think it's going to be an early Xmas present to one of my musician friends (as soon as I can find one who can afford a Mac).

My Audiophile 192 hasn't been supported in alsa after four years, which is another investement flushed. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I should've checked the HCL, but I figured since it uses an IDENTICAL chipset as the 24/94, all would be well. Alsa says it's supported even, but all I get is gains all maxed with no way to turn them down (Bad distortion, baaaaaad).

MAudio seems to have made a strong showing for the OpenSource community a long time ago, but I haven't seen squat recently as far as them sharing hardware information with open-sourcers. I've been impressed with their keyboards, but I'm giving up on purchasing anything from them again. My dad has started using a Behringer keyboard controller and I'm gonna let him beat that one around for a while and see how it holds up. If he doesn't destroy it, then I'll replace my keystation with one of those when the time comes.



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