[alsa-devel] Alsa Support for Korg Pandora Mini, Vox ToneLab ST

Frédéric Jaume frederic.jaume at gmail.com
Sat May 14 18:57:53 CEST 2011

Daniel Mack <zonque <at> gmail.com> writes:

> Hi Pawel,
> sorry for the long delay.
> On Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 9:39 AM, Pawel Siemienski
> <pawel.siemienski <at> gmail.com> wrote:
> > I am Ubuntu Studio user and I use also ALSA for driving my audio for
> > recording etc...
> > I have tested two devices with ALSA:
> > 1. Vox Tonelab ST - works with ALSA out of the box as USB audio interface
> > with no need of modifications, provides complete functionalities needed for
> > recording and playing audio
> > 2. Korg Pandora Mini - is detected as audio interface, but when selecting it
> > information that no controls are available is displayed, this device can not
> > work as audio interface in fact with Alsa.
> The "Korg Pandora Mini" is no audio interface, according to both your
> lsusb dump and the Korg website. The device is described as
> "Ultra-compact pocket-size multi-effect designed for both guitar and
> bass "[1] and exposes only a MIDI interface on USB, presumably for
> controlling internal parameters, dumping the configuration etc. It
> specifically not an USB audio interface, and hence it can not be used
> in a way that you wanted to.
> HTH,
> Daniel
> [1] http://www.korg.com/pandoramini


I own a Korg Pandora PX5D, which is the one released before the Pandora Mini. It
has a USB audio interface that works out of the box with Alsa, which is great!
But it's a composite device and also has USB Midi (it contains a drum machine
that can be triggered via midi, and I think the windows patch editor uses midi
to communicate with the device too), unfortunately it is not recognized by Alsa
(hence no midi or patch editor). From what I read on Korg forums, the Windows
driver for USB-Midi is the same as for other Korg devices which are supported
under Linux, so maybe it can work with Alsa too ? I'd be happy to help by
sending logs or other infos.


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