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Old 09-13-2016, 03:49 PM   #1
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How do I hook a XLR Microphone to a computer running Linux?


I do Voice Over work. I bought an inexpensive M-Audio rig and it was working fine. My kids then spent too much money a nd bought me a Very nice Shure M7B mic. I had to turn up the gain, but it too worked fine, and sounded great. Then, I was a fool, and did the Windows 10 upgrade. It hasn't worked properly since. Needless to say, I tried a bunch or different things to fix it. I have purchased a nice refurbished computer to that end, I it loaded with Windows and then I added Ubuntu Studio Ver 16.04.01 to it. Now I just need to figure out how to get my mics working on it. Naturally, no one puts out Linux Drivers for their stuff. I'll try to answer whatever questions you have. That pretty much sums it up. If anyone can help, I'll really appreciate it.
 
Old 09-13-2016, 03:59 PM   #2
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To begin with, which M-Audio unit did you purchase? Provide model , model number, and interface type (I'm assuming USB?)

Also, what have you tried so far? anything? Have you plugged it into your Ubuntu Studio rig?
 
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You mean something like this? It works with Linux.
 
Old 09-13-2016, 06:31 PM   #4
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M-Audio has been one of the well supported makers for years. I don't have a XLR but have a Line6 device that has support for it both powered and unpowered.

I might be tempted to start with what Studio might have built in. Generally you have an onboard audio device that tends to take over any add on like usb. So, you make the add on default.
 
Old 09-13-2016, 06:52 PM   #5
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You mean something like this? It works with Linux.
I really do wish it were that simple; have to be careful. I have a Tascam US-1800, and it's the entire reason I have a Windows drive. I'll gladly buy some beer for whoever writes a driver for it... I'd give more, but if I had more I'd probably just buy something compatible with Linux out of the box.
 
Old 09-13-2016, 07:02 PM   #6
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http://wiki.linuxaudio.org/wiki/hardware_support
 
Old 09-13-2016, 07:46 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the help. Much Appreciated. If there's more ideas out there.....keep em coming. I'm going to look over these ideas and see what I can figure out. Emerson; how does it work on Linux? I looked at the download section of the Tascam web site and did not see any Linux Drivers.
 
Old 09-13-2016, 07:54 PM   #8
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I haven't done any audio work in many years. Some of this equipment just works in Linux, no drivers needed. Same goes for MIDI, devices just work.
 
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Everyone looking for introduction and ideas about Linux audio processing could visit Gentoo Studio.
 
Old 09-13-2016, 08:53 PM   #10
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There's a couple options, a microphone preamp to convert the signal to an existing input. Or an interface with XLR inputs. Or a field recorder like the zoom h4n, which is all those things, although I'm not sure if that one doubles as an interface if you need "live" to PC inputs.

For me I have a sound devices MM-1, and an M-Audio Mobilepre interface. Plus a bunch of other hardware like stands, cables, microphones, field recorders, it's a bit of a money pit.

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Old 09-14-2016, 04:44 PM   #11
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Sorry not Klaatu, let me fill in some blanks. I purchased a M-Audio, M-Track interface. It came with a microphone and a USB cable that ran from it to my computer. I downloaded the drivers from the manufacturers web site and it worked fine for months, till I did the "FREE" Windows 10 Upgrade. I figured that it would either be the same as before or not work at all. It worked a little. I had to turn the gain all the way up and the Mic volume on Audacity too. It would record, but it was so noisy that it was unusable. I tried tweaking every sound level setting I could fine. I uninstalled the drivers and Audacity, I even tried a different program.....didn't help. As for Linux, I purchased a very nice refurbed unit from Amazon. As previously stated, it already had Windows, so I installed Ubuntu Studio also on that hard drive. I have updated everything that I can update on U.S.16.04.01. When I plug in the M-Track Interface to a USB slot, it does nothing. It acts like I didn't plug anything into a USB port. I pretty much a Newb when it comes to Linux, so I'm sure there's lots of things that I have yet to try.
 
Old 09-14-2016, 04:48 PM   #12
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It is entirely possible the unit is ready to use. Something like
Code:
arecord --list-devices
should show it.
 
Old 09-14-2016, 04:49 PM   #13
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Where do I type that in at?
 
Old 09-14-2016, 04:50 PM   #14
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In a terminal window.
 
Old 09-14-2016, 08:20 PM   #15
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EmersonThis is what I get.

card 0: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 0: ALC662 rev1 Analog [ALC662 rev1 Analog]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 0: PCH [HDA Intel PCH], device 2: ALC662 rev1 Alt Analog [ALC662 rev1 Alt Analog]
Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
freak@Pauls-Refurb:~$
 
  


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