TO ALL ON ZOOM GEAR & HOME RECORDING FORUM's BOARD INDEX USING ZOOM IN A LINUX CONTEXT: please read this!

Questions and answers related to any Zoom Gear that doesn't have its own sub-forum yet. This includes any new gear that's been announced, and any old gear you've got. Please don't "post and run". Participate in the discussion. Thanks.
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TO ALL ON ZOOM GEAR & HOME RECORDING FORUM's BOARD INDEX USING ZOOM IN A LINUX CONTEXT: please read this!

Post by jack o-trades » Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:20 pm

Hello all,

"Officially", Zoom gear is only suited to MS Windows and Mac OS. Yet my default platform is neither Windows nor Mac. Moreover, I'm not the only one either, apparently, on Zoom Gear & Home Recording Forum with an R16 Recorder/Audio Interface/Controller at home AND Linux on their home computer. Better even: I'm using that R16 of mine, too, with some regularity, in a Linux context.

So, initially out of curiosity, I did a cursory tally of Linux-related posts in connection with R16 - my own machine. That was all I then had time for. And the outcome garnered was a bit of a surprise. So now I'm wondering what a more extensive MRS-/H-/HD-/PS- and R-forum search might have coughed up, with respect to the same theme. I didn't search or check for 'Linux' quotes in all these other forum locations, of course. But if I had, I bet that a respectable multiple of similar posts would have been excavated, in proportion to the entirety of contributions in Zoom Gear & Home Recording Forum.

So what more then to say about the claim that Zoom products are exclusively Windows- and Mac-bound? It's this: the wider Linux community, too, seems to count more than a few Zoom owners as well, in practice. Even outside of this here Zoom-themed bubble. I'm a regular myself, on a couple of online Linux bodies. But at the moment that particular brand of Zoom aficionados within the Linux community is scattered all over the net. Hard to find if you need them. So I believe there's an argument for bringing these together in a brand-new (pun unintentional) Linux sub-forum on Zoom Gear & Home Recording.

I'd like to put that idea to the test. Here and now. I'm really interested if my suggestion, as elaborated on above, will generally be seconded. I'd like to hear the opinions of posters and readers. And also if, possible, what Zoom Forums moderators have to say in connection with the theme proposed. EVERYBODY using ANY Zoom product in a Linux context is thus cordially invited to partake in this impromptu "poll". And I really mean any: whether you are a MRS-, H-, HD-, PS- or R-forum reader or regular, you're all most welcome to join in.

One thing more, though, to conclude with: please don't forget to mention the Zoom model you own. And, maybe, how you are using it. In whatever Linux distro you're on.

Thank you.

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Post by mikethebass » Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:33 am

I'll kick off.

I use an R16 both as a stand alone recorder and as an interface on a windows 10 pc. It would be more convenient if I could use it on my own Linux AV laptop. Getting the Zoom to work with Windows / Audacity / Reaper has not been a problem. I've had no such success with Linux, probably because it's rather more involved and I don't know how to go about it. In my case I'd need someone to explain every step of the way.

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Post by bogyman57 » Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:58 pm

I've been using FFADO/Jack/Ardour on an UbuntuStudio distro for a few years now. I'm trying to become more "portable" so I bought a Zoom U-24 (love the battery powering option).
This is my first USB Audio Interface and I'm still fighting to get 'er up 'n running - with marginal success.
Anyone else attempting such a thing?
Any pointers would be most welcome.
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Post by beck » Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:41 pm

I've used the PS-04, H4, and R8 with various flavors of Linux since 2005 (primarily ubuntu and debian).
I haven't tried recording using the H4 or R8 as an audio interface in a while, since I just use the R8 to record my tracks and then maybe do some editing in Qtractor / Ardour / Audacity. It's much easier to do it that way in my opinion, and the R8 gives good enough quality tracks (I only record in 24/44.1) that I can use it to do all my capture work. I like the onboard efx and drums too actually, I'm horrible at drum programming with hydrogen etc. What the R8 lacks in the editing department (hardly any editing features, sadly, unlike the PS-04 and MRS line) the above three softwares can easily fill in. One of the best things about just recording directly to the Zoom recorder is just being able to record without fan noise from the laptop when micing.
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Post by beck » Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:50 pm

As far as getting a USB interface going, you may want to pick a distro (like ubuntu studio or KX studio) with, best-case, a real-time kernel (not just low-latency) which can realistically handle your hardware. Trying to get to very low latency (say 5ms) is sometimes a challenge depending on your hardware and desired sample rate. Play with Qjackctl settings and read up on getting your machine configured right for recording.
Here are some good guides:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Ubunt ... dioDevices
http://libremusicproduction.com/article ... stribution
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Ubunt ... TimeKernel
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Post by sciurius » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:41 pm

I have an H2n and a R24. I use both to record and then copy the audio files via USB to my Fedora (25, 26) box. There I use Audacity to postprocess the audio files.
I do not use either device as an audio interface - yet.
I'm still a bit new to the R24, so I'm in the process of finding out what things can be done easily with the R24, and what things are easier with Audacity.
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Post by Smot » Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:30 pm

I use an H4 for recording band rehearsals and occasional wildlife outdoors. The SD card is then loaded into my Ubuntu PC and edited mostly with Audacity but sometimes Audigy.
I'm currently eyeing up the Livetrak 12 to replace our ageing Behringer desk for band gigs, but am slightly concerned about its use with Linux and one of the DAW apps.
I may also grab an R24 for personal use - funds permitting!
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