Best Linux Compatibility for small audio interface

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Best Linux Compatibility for small audio interface

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Hi. I am looking to buy a small but good new audio interface
(Focusrite 2i2, 4i4, Tascam 4x4, Steinberg UR2C, something like that, no more than $250 USD, great if it has MIDI but no actual need)

I have read the Focusrite Scarlett 3d gen have good compatibility and are Class Compliant, but some people have experienced issues with them on Linux.

Can anybody recommend a single brand/model that will work (nearly) out of the box with Linux with no issues nor limitations?

thanks a lot

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I'm really happy with my Native Instruments Komplete 6. It is 4x4 analog ins/outs, has MIDI, worked straight out of the.... well, I got it used with no box, but you know what I mean.

I also like the build quality; it's a nice, compact, solid hunk o' gear.

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Looks great but googling around I found a lot of people complining about latency issues. Also, it is not a well known brand in my country, so, hard to get.
I am leaning to a Behringer UMC204HD, cheap, good reviews and seems to behave perfectly on linux.

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Mackie Onyx Producer 2.2 - 2 combo inputs with Hi-Z switches and gain controls, 2 balanced TRS outputs, MIDI in + out, and a DAW/input blend knob for monitoring.
It's cheap and rugged, it works neatly as a class-compliant device, and Linux compatibility is specifically mentioned regarding the copy of Waveform that comes with it. The bundle of plugins isn't half bad, either.

I like it so much, I've asked whether they plan to make one with more inputs and outputs, but haven't gotten answer yet. I'm guessing that means "no."
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Maybe a Roland Rubix44? I have it running in the homeoffice together with Linux Mint20
  • Works out of the box on linux mint20
  • it has a compressor/limiter
  • 4 mic inputs
  • low noise preamps
  • no heating issues (as with other interfaces)

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The Behringer U-PHORIA UMC204HD is fully compatible with Linux, no limitations, and has MIDI ports. I have the UMC1820 and am pleased with it.

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I have just got a Behringer U-PHORIA UMC204HD - I cannot say anything about latency or stuff like that yet, but it was a simple plug-and-play for me on Debian Stable.

Very promising.

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I can also report good results with the Behringer UMC22, the smallest of them all; worked out of the box with no issues in Ubuntu Studio. Plug it in, type 2 parameters in qjackctl, and you're good to go...

Previously, I had less luck with Komplete Audio 6, but it's probably because the seller (Thoman) did something sneaky: I bought it as new, but the interface had clear signs of being second hand: the package was broken, the knobs made noise when you moved them, and, as it turned out later, the phantom power didn't work. That said, it was also detected out of the box and didn't give any problem software wise.
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+1 for the UMC 204

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