[linux-audio-user] Recording from SPDIF with SB live

Joern Nettingsmeier nettings at folkwang-hochschule.de
Wed Dec 10 04:21:08 EST 2003

lau at hippie-online.de wrote:
> Hi linux-audio-users,
> I am a newbie in this list - so first of all hello to everybody! :-)
> Can anybody give me some hints about my following problem?
> I would like to record directly from my DAT recorder (48 kHz) via SPDIF.
> As a greenhorn in harddisk recording I expect that there should be a way
> to get an exact copy of the data on the tape with no input level / mixer
> and no DA-AD conversion in between?!
> Unfortunately so far I did not succeed in recording from the SPDIF-input
> at all. I am just able to route the DAT signal to the analog line out by
> setting its volume using alsamixer. But the SPDIF-in does not appear in
> other mixers like kmix and the signal is not available in recording
> programs like audacity or krecord. :-(
> I am using:
> - SuSE 8.2 / kernel 2.4.20 / i86
> - alsa 0.9.0
> - emu10k1
> - Soundblaster live! rev. 4

i don't have an spdif source, so i can't test, but it used to work on my 
sblive when i set the capture flag in alsamixer on "IEC958 Coaxial" 
*and* the "capture" channel. there is also a capture gain next to it, i 
don't know which position is "neutral", you should probably ask on 



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