Tested Soundcards

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You can find ALSA device names by entering cat /proc/asound/cards or aplay -l into the terminal.

This list is avalible as JSON here.

Working Tested Soundcards

Behringer UCA222

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Ensure monitor switch is set to “off”.

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Behringer UFO202

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Requires modification to work.

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ESI Maya44 USB

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May require a high -m value (15 or higher worked in testing).

.asoundrc file to provide stereo pairs.

This card has no internal phono preamp and thus it is unsuitable for use with most turntables without an additional preamp. This is not an issue with CD players or other line level devices.

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Hercules DJ Console Mk2

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Requires a high output cartridge such as Shure M44-7 (9.5mV) to work well, Pickering 625-DJ (3mV) was not loud enough. Set Headphones Selection knob to Deck B to isolate output for second deck on RCA socket outputs 3 and 4. This hardware has all four channels in one ALSA device, so to use two decks you will need an .asoundrc file similar to the file for the Maya 44.

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Native Instruments Audio 4 DJ

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Set inputs to Phono: amixer -c [cardnumber] cset numid=1 1
Set inputs to Line: amixer -c [cardnumber] cset numid=1 0

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Native Instruments Audio 8 DJ

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Set inputs to Phono: amixer -c [cardnumber] cset numid=1 1
Set inputs to Line: amixer -c [cardnumber] cset numid=1 0

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Native Instruments Audio 6

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PASSTHRU on channel A: amixer -c T6 cset numid=1 on/(off)
PASSTHRU on channel B: amixer -c T6 cset numid=2 on/(off)
switch PHONO/LINE on channel A: amixer -c T6 cset numid=3 on/(off)
switch PHONO/LINE on channel B: amixer -c T6 cset numid=4 on/(off)

.asoundrc file to provide stereo pairs.

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Rane SL-1

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Phono input does not work making it unsuitable for use with most turntables without an additional preamp. This is not an issue with CD players or other line level devices.

There are ALSA patches to enable the preamp. 1 2

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American Audio Versaport

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Needs a .asoundrc file to provide stereo pairs.

It only have a preamp on Input 2, so you need external preamps to use both decks with standard turntables.

Volume is always turned down, use this command to turn the volume up before launching xwax. amixer set -c [cardnumber] Speaker,0 100%,100% unmute

Available as OEM variants (MixVibes U-MIX44, Reloop Spin!, iScratch Mixlive, Omnitronix DDI, …)

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MixVibes U-MIX44

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Needs a .asoundrc file to provide stereo pairs.

Available as OEM variants (MixVibes U-MIX44, Reloop Spin!, iScratch Mixlive, Omnitronix DDI, …)

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Broken Soundcards

Soundcard Status Tested with… Comment
American Audio VMS4 Buggy Debian Squeeze Distortion on phono preamps, supposedly fixed in later VMS4.1 model. Spinbacks don’t work in xwax (related to input distortion?). Poor JACK performance, xruns even at large buffer sizes.

Other Soundcard Resources

Mark’s Soundcard resources for Linux DJs page contains some useful information.