[alsa-devel] Success with TASCAM US144 MKII, linux-3.0

Matteo Frigo athena at fftw.org
Thu Nov 10 17:15:29 CET 2011

Dear ALSA developers,

The purpose of this email is to report that I was able to play music
with a TASCAM US144 MKII using linux-3.0, specifically
linux-3.0.0-2-amd64 from Debian wheezy.  Various reports on this mailing
list and elsewhere seem to suggest that the US144 works with ALSA but
that the US144-MKII does not work.  I want to confirm that the
US144-MKII does in fact work with snd_usb_us122l, at least in playback
mode.  Here is what I did.

*Before* inserting the USB cable, execute "rmmod ehci-hcd".  It seems
like the unit uses a different protocol in USB2 mode, and I guess it
must be plugged into a USB1 interface.  The unit does not work if booted
in USB2 mode and then reset to USB1.

Add these lines to /etc/asound.conf:

pcm.!usb_stream {
	type usb_stream
	card "1"
ctl.!usb_stream {
	type hw
	card 1


  aplay --buffer-size=1000 -MDplug:usb_stream foo.wav

works for me, where foo.wav is a {16,24}-bit stereo {44.1,48}-KHz PCM

I am not sure whether the --buffer-size=1000 is necessary---I am using a
slow Atom netbook and the sound is choppy with the default buffer size.
Increasing the buffer size seems to fix the problem.

I don't know if the firmware revision matters, but my US144-MKII unit
has the lastest firmware 2.03, which I installed via a Windows machine.

Matteo Frigo

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