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DSP24 and Dsp2000 c port Sound-Card in Linux

Written by Sumedho who kindly wrote this article for those who wish to use Linux. Please notify me if anything is incorrect or needs extra detail and I'll fix it up for those in the future who need help. Thanks to Lawrie who has already done so.


Here is a short guide to installing the alsa drivers for the DSP24 ve card. The procedure is not for complete linux beginners but neither is it too difficult. I have succesfully installed the drivers for the DSP24ve under RedHat Linux 7.3. They work quite well but I haven't done any multitrack recording or serious tests yet. But I can definitely record and listen to audio. There are some good audio software packages being developed for the Linux platform so it could be very promising as a DAW in the future. Please see the links at the end of the page which you should also read and research as well. On a final note you also need the kernel source installed on your system. Go through your rpms on the discs and find the kernel sources and install them.




The modules.conf file described in this step will only work for ALSA 0.5
and is slightly different for ALSA 0.9.x. The easy way to fix this is
to download a utility from THIS website called Alsaconf which can
automatically generate a configuration file without the need to hand edit.


Download all the files from the alsa webpage http://www.alsa-project.org. This includes drivers, library, utils and tools. Try to get the latest files ( the 0.9 series). Once you have downloaded all the files unpack and untar them. The files I downloaded were bzipped so these are the commands I used.

bunzip2 <filename>
tar xvf <filename>

Change to the driver directory and type

make install


If everything compiles without errors and installs then you can change to the /etc directory and open a file called modules.conf using a text editor. So do the following:


cd /etc
vi modules.conf (or use your favourite text editor)


Then add these lines below to modules.conf Add them after any other lines in the modules.conf file. The alsa drivers provide support for the ICE1712 chipset which is what is on the DSP24ve. If you had another soundcard installed previously then you can edit those lines out or comment them out by adding a &ldquo;#&rdquo; in front of the line:


# ALSA native device support
alias char-major-116 snd
options snd snd_major=116 snd_cards_limit=1
alias snd-card-0 snd-card-ice1712
options snd-card-ice1712 snd_index=1 snd_id=&rdquo;DSP24ve&rdquo;


# OSS/ Free Setup
alias char-major-14 soundcore
alias sound-slot-0 snd-card-0
alias sound-service-0-0 snd-mixer-oss
alias sound-service-0-1 snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-0-3 snd-pcm-oss
alias sound-service-0-12 snd-pcm-oss


Once these are added you can save modules.conf and restart your computer. After restarting you should be able to play music and also record using your Linux system and DSPve card.


  Where did step 2 go ? *shrug*


If the drivers are succesfully installed then you can unzip and untar the other files and compile them using the same procedure. The library is needed to compile the utilities and tools. In the tools you will find a mixer application for the DSP24ve card called envy24control which you can use for hardware mixing. It has many functions for the card. Just start it up when you have X windows running and you have control over the various inputs and outputs of your soundcard.


More Information


You can find more information at the alsa site itself. This tutorial is only a quick guide to installing drivers. If you need to know more then there is more complete information available.


Alsa website:
This is the drivers you use for DSPve support under linux.


For further help with alsa drivers install and more information (RECOMMENDED READING!! before installing) visit



There is a really useful site
http://ccrma-www.stanford.edu/planetccrma/software/ where you can
automatically download and configure your Red Hat Linux system for work
with audio -including DSP24, which would be good link to visit.



Linux Audio Software

Vist this webpage for up to date information on linux sound and midi software




Audacity is a multirack audio editing program freely available for Linux, Mac and Windows. It is quite powerful and is improving all the time.




Ardour is a multitrack program with and interface similar to protools. The developers aim to provide a professional multirack program with many different functions. It is not yet available as a tarball but is free and very powerful.