Linux Kernal: 4.19.0-13-amd64
MX-Linux: MX 19.3 (patito feo) (Debian)
Audacity 2.3.2 (installed with Synaptic)
I AM VERY FRUSTRATED!!!
My interface is working correctly.
It is plugged into my computer’s USB port.
Microphone input level is correctly adjusted on the interface.
I am using the most often downloaded, most popular Linux distribution there is, this week.
Have I done something wrong so far?
Audio input works very poorly, but Audacity does record with EXTREMELY LOW, unacceptable playback level, but ONLY on the meters. I can hear nothing through my phones on playback.
I have adjusted the interface and Audacity input level to correct settings.
I have followed configuration advice from several Google searches, but the illustrated drop downs and options are very DIFFERENT than on my installation.
I tried to paste a screenshot of my configuration, but Linux evidently doesn’t allow that. Sorry, not my fault!
Anyway, input is working, to some extent, but very badly.
Audacity playback is not working AT ALL.
When I try to select an audio output device, my USB interface is not on the list. Is there a way to select USB playback devices?
Playback is totally dead. No sound whatsoever through my phones on Audacity, but streaming sites play back correctly through the interface. Audacity playback seems to be the only exception.
Question: Exactly WHY is USB audio playback so damned difficult in Linux? it works well with everything else, but not with audio editors and DAWs.
How do I fix these two problems?
Finally, I am NOT a programmer or IT expert. I don’t know anything about the command line, and I don’t want to use it – at all. Every time I have tried to even copy/paste commands, something goes wrong. My system has been “bricked” several times! All those cryptic commands scare me. I am afraid of the command line. and it is a significant barrier to many casual Linux users. I have already heard all the enthusiastic reasons why it is “better” than a GUI, usually from users who have college degrees or years of professional experience.
On the other hand, I do have extensive experience in professional audio, and I need to set recording levels as I see fit. Without the program developers getting in the way of “best industry practices.”
I have been working every day for at least a week on these problems, on several Linux audio programs. None of them record and play back audio correctly. Some programs don’t even try!
I don’t understand!
Sorry for being so wordy. I just wanted to supply all relevant observations.I hope make myself understood.