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Old 08-28-2010, 02:27 PM   #1
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Recommend a PCI sound card


So I just built a new computer but the onboard sound card doesnt have all the functionality I need. So I'm looking for a PCI sound card that does the following.

Record from line in(I know, fairly standard)
Record from Mixer, such as sound from a website, etc.
Support for CentOS 5.5 x86_64
Will need to have the same functionality inside any VMs I install. Most likely Fedora but I will be creating VMs to play around with other Linux distros.

Current motherboard is a ASUSTeK M4A89GTD-PRO/USB3

thanks
 
Old 08-28-2010, 02:40 PM   #2
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See if this one is suitable for you:
http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_u...phile2496.html

I've had it for the last 3 years and afair it works fine on Centos. You might want to play with .asoundrc to squeeze all the functionality from it.

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Will need to have the same functionality inside any VMs I install
Is it possible at all?
 
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Old 08-28-2010, 02:54 PM   #3
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Thanks. I'll check that one out. Wasn't expecting to spend 100 for one but might be worth it.


I haven't set up any VMs using xen with CentOS 5.5, having issues getting fedora to install. But when I've set up VMs using VMware the VMs had access to all the hardware. Im assuming thats the case with CentOS/xen?
 
Old 08-29-2010, 10:01 AM   #4
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But when I've set up VMs using VMware the VMs had access to all the hardware.
Virtual machines do not access hardware directly, that would be needlessly complex.

For a cheaper audio card: I've had an Audigy SE for the last four or five years that is supported by all operating systems I have tried out during that time (Linux, BSD, Solaris, Windows). I invested in a much more expensive Xonar last year after an "expert" on this site described it as infinitely better than the more affordable cards. And indeed, the sound is better but I have exactly two or three sliders to control input and output (as opposed to dozens for the Audigy card); that's how incredibly well it is supported ...
 
Old 09-02-2010, 07:33 PM   #5
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Well it may not access it directly but it still can use it.

Does the Audigy SE you have, have the Mix option in alsamixer under Capture? What details will say if it supports that when I'm reading the item description?


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I think most of your questions are answered here:
http://alsa.opensrc.org/index.php/Emu10k1
In particular, check "How to record". Yes, the card has its limitations. It is a budget card, after all.

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Old 09-03-2010, 01:11 PM   #7
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may be Creative Audigy? best quality and price, line in, support for the linux
 
Old 09-15-2011, 06:59 PM   #8
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I ended up getting the Audigy 2

04:05.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB Audigy (rev 04)
Subsystem: Creative Labs Device 1003
Control: I/O+ Mem- BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B- DisINTx-
Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
Latency: 64 (500ns min, 5000ns max)
Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 66
Region 0: I/O ports at dc00 [size=64]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: EMU10K1_Audigy
Kernel modules: snd-emu10k1




My new question is. I can record from Line In and from PCM(Internet streams)


Is there a software flag to choose which port to record from?

Say I have something plugged into the Line In, like an AM/FM stereo reciever and I have an Internet stream playing. I want to choose which audio to record without hearing both audio.

I know using arecord you can use the "-D copy" option to choose the PCM copy from your .asoundrc file. I'm not sure what entries to put in my .asound for Line In.


The new card is card 3.

pcm.!default {
type hw
card 3
}

ctl.!default {
type hw
card 3
}



card 3: Audigy2 [Audigy 2 ZS [SB0353]], device 0: emu10k1 [ADC Capture/Standard PCM Playback]
Subdevices: 31/32
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
Subdevice #1: subdevice #1
Subdevice #2: subdevice #2
Subdevice #3: subdevice #3
Subdevice #4: subdevice #4
Subdevice #5: subdevice #5
Subdevice #6: subdevice #6
Subdevice #7: subdevice #7
Subdevice #8: subdevice #8
Subdevice #9: subdevice #9
Subdevice #10: subdevice #10
Subdevice #11: subdevice #11
Subdevice #12: subdevice #12
Subdevice #13: subdevice #13
Subdevice #14: subdevice #14
Subdevice #15: subdevice #15
Subdevice #16: subdevice #16
Subdevice #17: subdevice #17
Subdevice #18: subdevice #18
Subdevice #19: subdevice #19
Subdevice #20: subdevice #20
Subdevice #21: subdevice #21
Subdevice #22: subdevice #22
Subdevice #23: subdevice #23
Subdevice #24: subdevice #24
Subdevice #25: subdevice #25
Subdevice #26: subdevice #26
Subdevice #27: subdevice #27
Subdevice #28: subdevice #28
Subdevice #29: subdevice #29
Subdevice #30: subdevice #30
Subdevice #31: subdevice #31
card 3: Audigy2 [Audigy 2 ZS [SB0353]], device 2: emu10k1 efx [Multichannel Capture/PT Playback]
Subdevices: 8/8
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
Subdevice #1: subdevice #1
Subdevice #2: subdevice #2
Subdevice #3: subdevice #3
Subdevice #4: subdevice #4
Subdevice #5: subdevice #5
Subdevice #6: subdevice #6
Subdevice #7: subdevice #7
card 3: Audigy2 [Audigy 2 ZS [SB0353]], device 3: emu10k1 [Multichannel Playback]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 3: Audigy2 [Audigy 2 ZS [SB0353]], device 4: p16v [p16v]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0




EDIT:

If I make my .asoundrc file as below I can have both an Internet radio stream and something plugged into Line In and it only records the Line In audio. Now I need the same thing except to only record the Internet stream.


pcm.!default {
type hw
card 3
}

ctl.!default {
type hw
card 3
}


pcm.!default front:Audigy2




command: arecord -f cd -t raw -d Audigy2| lame -r - test.wav

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