PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL via USB on Linux

I have a PreSonus AudioBox 1818VSL that I used on a Mac. The Mac has since kicked the bucket. I am now trying to hook it up to a laptop running Ubuntu 18. I started asking for help on IRC and someone suggested I post here.

Searching the internet, I find posts where people have gotten ALSA and/or JACK to recognize the AudioBox, but I have not had such luck. I believe Ardour is still trying to use the built in sound hardware rather than the AudioBox via USB.

Any advice would be appreciated. I’ll continue looking on the IRC channel for help

I have a 1818VSL that works flawlessly with GNU/Linux since around 2009 as I/O interface. There is however no access to the internal mixer or effects.

There is one caveat though: It only works with USB2 ports, and fails with USB3.

That may be an issue. There have been reports that some firmware update ca. 2012 breaks Linux support to some extent. I do not recall the details, nor have first hand experience with this issue, but it relates to the device internal mixer. This only happens when connecting the device to a Windows machine or Mac at least once, The OS asks to update the device to the latest firmware. Some reported that doing a factory-reset helps.

In a terminal window run:

aplay -L

That will list all soundcards found on the system. Is the 1818VSL among those?

Some further reading:

https://linuxmusicians.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=7543

https://linuxmusicians.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=17382

https://wiki.linuxaudio.org/wiki/hardware_support#presonus_-_1818vsl_usb2