[LAU] sound with Scarlett 3rd Gen device?

Iain Mott mott at escuta.org
Thu Jan 30 12:38:34 CET 2020

Adding to that:

If in Windows, I plug in a mic into channel 1 and turn up the input 
gain, the input LEDs respond as they should to incoming sound. I can 
also in the Focusrite Control sodtware, map the input directly to the 
monitor so that I I can hear it in the headphones. If I then reboot the 
laptop, the LED and routing continue to function until the machine loads 
the Grub system boot page, whereupon the LED stops functioning and the 
monitoring of the mic also stops. The mic channel remains unresponsive 
when Linux is booted. This is a bit worrying as I had read for earlier 
generations that the control routing set in Windows is remembered by the 
Scarlett once in Linux (and presumably after switching the box on and off).

The F6 button in alsamixer shows "Scarlett 18i20 USB", however once 
selected, for capture/input, it says something to the effect of: this 
device has no input/capture controller. For reproduction/playback it 
lists only S/PDIF but with no fade controler.

Hope someone can help!


Em 30/01/2020 06:24, Iain Mott escreveu:
> Dear Linux audio people,
> I have a Scarlett 18i20 3rd Gen interface which I'm trying to use on a 
> recent Samsung laptop with Ubuntu 19.04.
> The 3rd gen devices are apparently shipped in non-functional "MSD" 
> mode, so I registered and activated the device using Windows 10 
> following the instructions on the Focusrite website. Tested it there 
> with Ableton Live Lite (provided via registration of the device) and 
> also Ardour. It works fine. To get it to work on Ardour it was 
> necessary to use the ASIO driver in the Ardour audio configuration. I 
> had removed ASIO4ALL before installing the Focusrite/Scarlett software 
> as suggested, so perhaps this driver came with Focusrite install.
> Now with the device apparently configured and the routing done in 
> Windows using the Focusrite Control software (i thinks that's the 
> name, I had selected output channels 1 and 2 to connect with the 
> monitors/headphone jack), I returned to Linux. The Scarlett device is 
> detected by lsusb, qjackctl and pavucontrol. Jack runs with no errors 
> when the Scarlett is selected as the i/o device and all the correct 
> channels appear in the Connect window. No sound however is heard 
> through the phone jack, nor if i plug the phones directly in to the 
> output jacks at the back. I tested using VLC configured for Jack 
> output and also with pd -jack.
> With jack turned off and with VLC audio out set to pulsaudio, I set 
> the Scarlett 18i20 as the preferred device in pavucontrol. With VLC 
> playing the output VU meter for the Scarlett is active in pavucontrol 
> but there is still no sound coming out of the device itself.
> Has anyone managed to get a 3rd generation Scarlett to work on Linux? 
> Can anyone suggest please what I can do?
> Thanks!
> Iain
> PS. i did see an unresolved thread on this list last year about a 3rd 
> gen Scarlett. I'll send a message to the author to see if the problem 
> was fixed.
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