USB Sound Care Recommendation?

Geoff Shang geoff at
Mon Jul 30 21:06:25 UTC 2007

Hi Chris,

I can't exactly give you a specific card recommendation.  I'm actually 
interested in this subject myself.

First, not sure if you noticed but the card list linked to from the website 
is no longer being updated.  The current one is at

No idea why they don't directly link to that one.

On that page it says that all standards-compliant USB soundcards should 
work, and any that don't should be reported to the mailing list.

I've only had very limited experience with USB soundcards at all, and only 
under Windows.  I can report that the simple Creative card that I picked out 
for the project just worked, without having to install anything.  This 
sounds pretty standards-compliant to me.

The only other advice I can give is that many cards will probably do much 
more than you want, unless you want 467 audio channels (well ok, not that 
many but you get the idea).  A basic stereo USB card will be surprisingly 
cheap, but you'll need to dig a bit to find it amongst all the gaming and 
7.1 surround sound cards available.  the card I picked out was a stereo card 
with RCA inputs and outputs, plus a headphone jack and volume knob.  I'd 
tell you what it was except I don't have access to that information right 
now (I will be able to get at it when I set up my PC).

Hope this is of some help.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Christopher Gray" <chris at>
To: "Blinux List" <Blinux-list at>
Sent: Saturday, July 28, 2007 8:32 PM
Subject: USB Sound Care Recommendation?

Hi to all:

Could anybody recommend a currently available USB sound card that you have 
successfully with Linux/ALSA?  I'd like the card to work with amixer, also.

Please don't advise me to check out the list of supported cards at
I've done that and found it extremely lacking.

Thanks very much.


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