[LAU] Linux mint for audio?

Dominique Michel dominique.c.michel at gmail.com
Mon Feb 18 09:45:24 CET 2019

Le Fri, 15 Feb 2019 07:22:29 +0100,
Alf Haakon Pietruszka Lund <alf at mellomrommet.no> a écrit :

> Hello all,
> I'm considering to test Linux mint for my 'sound machine' - a normal
> laptop that's used for modest recording and editing of sounds and
> music, as well as miscellaneous office work.

For me, the main issue with laptops is the audio hardware, not the
distribution. The analogue part of their combined mic/line audio inputs
are optimized for a sound level of 0dB, which correspond to their line
In order to get the best possible sound of it, you must set the input
level at 0dB with alsamixer, run a vu-meter, connect it to the input
and use an external mixer or device to set the recording level on the
vu-meter. That way, you can get a decent sound quality even with the
built-in audio card.

Also, less important but still important if you want to get the best
out of the hardware - you must test the sound card with different
sampling rates. It was discussions here in the past, pointing the fact
that many cheap sound cards A/D converters are always working at a
fixed sampling frequency (at the maximum sampling rate frequency the
card can do), and that the card will make a sampling rate conversion
when the JACK/ALSA sampling rate is lower. Cheap hardware imply cheap
conversion with a lot of aliasing artefacts, and it will be better to
use the highest sampling rate the card can do for recording, and to make
a software sampling rate conversion afterwards.

> Anyone here try that before? Any pitfalls to avoid?

For mint, I have no idea, I am a happy gentoo user with no experience of

> Regards, Alf

If you have a problem and you are not doing anything to fix it, you are
at the heart of the problem.

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