Jack and SB-awe soundcard

D. Michael McIntyre michael.mcintyre at rosegardenmusic.com
Sat Mar 15 15:34:04 GMT 2008

On Friday 14 March 2008, Gary Ball wrote:
> * Starting TiMidity++ ALSA midi
> emulation...                            [fail]

Hard to say why this is, but it looks like either the snd-seq-midi module 
isn't loading, or maybe it's a problem like JACK is having.

> Sorry. The audio interface "hw:0" doesn't support any of the hardware
> sample formats that JACK's alsa-driver can use.

That's a weird one, and doesn't look encouraging.

> This is my system hardware. it's old, but so am I.

I don't even see a soundcard listed here.  I eliminated things that weren't 
soundcards until the list was gone.  Your subject line says "SB-awe 
soundcard."  Just what do you have in here?  I would guess perhaps you have 
an old ISA AWE-32 in there.  Is that right?  That would make sense, since 
that's not a PCI card, and it didn't show up in a list of PCI devices.

If it really is an ISA card, the short story is please move along.  In fact, 
let's just move along no matter what, because it doesn't sound like this card 
could be worth any struggle.  No use putting a lot of effort into getting 
unsatisfactory results.

> Could it be the sound card is too old? If so, can anyone recommend a
> linux friendly alternative.

Almost anything manufactured after 1997 should work reasonably well.  What are 
you trying to do?  What's your budget? 

You can go cheaper and still see acceptable results, but if you're of a Studio 
bent, you can't go wrong with anything mAudio from the Audiophile 24/96 on 
up.  These are good cards that work really well.

If you can't afford one of those, I can dig around to try to come up with a 
recommendation for something else of current manufacture.  The stuff I used 
to recommend the most is no longer in production, and I'm not really sure 
what's out there these days, since my own soundcards are old.  Just not as 
old as yours!  :)
D. Michael McIntyre 

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