[LAU] I really needed help with JACK

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To: linux-audio-user <linux-audio-user@...>
Date: Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 8:10 pm

This is kind of OT, but Bob's problems with jack inspired me to share my
experience:

I recently bought a Toshiba Sattelite p 850 and installed Ubuntu Studio
12.10. It's slick and mostly just minor tweaks needed to take care of my
office needs.

Then onto musical needs; connect Roland Edirol UA-25EX and start Ardour,
which exits unable to start jack. Run qjackctl, try different settings.
Finally getting it to run and able to start Ardour I completely fail to
record anything. More fiddling with settings. Jack hangs on exit. Ardour
crashes. There is no sound from gmusicbrowser or internet either. Hair
is pulled out. Starting over.

And everything seems to work, I say "testing, testing" to my mike and
hit a few keys on my synth, meters showing input - but it turns out what
is actually working is the internal mike. No recording through USB...

I search forums and pull out more hair, to no avail. I randomly change
settings, and suddenly!

So here's my recipe to have it all work _out of the box_:

1. connect UA-25EX
2. power up Ubuntu Studio
3. Start jack. Settings:

Realtime box: checked
Priority: DEFAULT
Frames/period: 128 (higher number, more latency. With this I have 8ms)
Sample Rate: 48000 (same as USB interface UA-25EX)
Periods/buffer: 3
Dither: None
Audio: Duplex
Interface: hw:1 (this will possibly be different on another machine)
Input device: default
Output device: default
Channels I/O: default
Latency I/O: default

4. Open sound settings. Disable built-in-audio and set jack sink as fallback
5. Run Ardour and record whatever from wherever! All playback going
through USB interface.

So in the end it was quite simple and working out of the box, it was
just bloody unintuitive to figure out. And mind you, I still get in
trouble if I run sound through pulse before starting jack.

But all in all I like my Ubuntu Studio better and better!

Hope this will be helpful for someone.

Alf
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[LAU] I really needed help with JACK, Alf Haakon Lund, (Sun Jan 27, 8:10 pm)
Re: [LAU] I really needed help with JACK, Bob van der Poel, (Mon Jan 28, 12:45 am)
Re: [LAU] I really needed help with JACK, Aaron L., (Sun Jan 27, 8:32 pm)
Re: [LAU] I really needed help with JACK, Jeremy Jongepier, (Sun Jan 27, 8:28 pm)