[LAU] RME HDSPe AIO, hdsploader compulsory ?

francois bluewin francois.juigner at bluewin.ch
Thu Dec 11 20:34:28 UTC 2014

Hi Harry, Hi Ralf,

Thank you for the fast answers.

Harry, in fact you did not quite answer question 1 : do I have to use 
hdsploader ? Put it another way, would the card be recognized if the 
firmware is not ok? This firmware question is not clear for me :  I fear 
to corrupt the card's windows firmware if I run hdsploader. Maybe that's 
completely wrong...

I agree that using amixer seems to be a horrible way to work, but I 
could not manage to get anything out of hdspmixer... There is no way to 
change the routes it loads by default ! clicking on the playback labels 
doesn't allow to check or uncheck existing boxes.

This is why I wonder if there isn't anything wrong with my setup, namely 
: would the use of hdsploader change hdspmixer's behaviour ?

Thank you


Le 11/12/2014 17:03, Harry van Haaren a écrit :
> On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 3:49 PM, francois juigner 
> <francois.juigner at bluewin.ch <mailto:francois.juigner at bluewin.ch>> wrote:
>     1 - is it compulsory to use hdsploader, even if the card is
>     recognized ?
> HdspLoader and HdspMixer are two programs that will intereact with the 
> RME devices: the first provides the firmware it needs to run, the 
> second interacts with the device just like amixer, only provides a 
> sane GUI :D
> Basically, since the RME has a routing matrix built-in, using amixer 
> will provide every single control, which will be a totally horrible 
> way to work. Since HdspMixer provides a good way to interact with the 
> sub-mixes, its advised ;)
> HTH, -Harry
> PS: I have a Multiface 2, so my experience might be slightly different 
> to yours with the AIO.
> -- 
> http://www.openavproductions.com

Le 11/12/2014 18:26, Ralf Mardorf a écrit :

> I bought the HDSPe AIO in May 2011, after it was recommended on this
> list or LAD. Until today 3 1/2 years later I never could get it working
> correctly using hdspmixer on Linux. To test the sound card I installed
> FreeBSD first and then Windows XP. The sound card isn't broken and I
> know how to handle totalmix under Windows. However, I'm only using
> Linux and so assumed you should find out how to get all 8 ADAT IOs
> accessible by jackd, please let me know. On my machine only ADAT
> channel 1 and 2 are available by jackd.
> Regards,
> Ralf
> S: Assumed you want to use a frequency > 48 KHz, then you first need to
> select it using alsamixer, before you can start jackd.
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