Hello all. I know everyone hates “what’s the best distro” threads, and this question is not about Ardour specifically, but I don’t know who else to ask.
I’ve used Ubuntu Studio, Kubuntu, and A/V Linux. I am dual-booting on a 2012 Mac Mini.
My issue is that audio crackles and pops every few seconds during playback on Linux, no matter what program I’m running. I have a PreSonus FireStudio, and a DigiMax plugged into the FireStudio via ADAT optical for a total of 16 analog ins and outs, plus MIDI in and out.
I have tried asking Ardour to directly connect to ALSA, and I tried having Jack connect to the FireStudio, and then asked Ardour to connect to Jack. The audio sounds bad either way. It sounds like a clocking error or something.
If I boot into Mac OS, Ardour (and audio in general) sounds perfect. I realize I could just keep using MacOS, but I want out of that ecosystem. Apple will drop support for my Mini sooner rather than later, and I want to be a 100% Linux user before that happens.
The only way I’ve been able to get clean sound is to use my motherboard’s built-in audio ports… but I can’t record any instruments that way. Can anybody help?