some years ago I bought the Steinberg UR242 which I do like very much. But back then I was on Windows only and did not care about other options. Meanwhile I'm all Ubuntu Linux and I find it very annoying that a good part of the interface function is accessible only by software and carefully hidden behind the "dspMixFx" application for that it has no obvious replacement on Linux and which I'm unable to get running on Wine either.
It IS "class compatible", so I can "use" it without much troubles with "all channels visible". First on "Pulse", later on JACK and now on PipeWire.
But every Time I want to change some settings, like decoupling the mic inputs and mapping them to center for the headphone/monitoring output, or vice versa, pan two mics fully left and right for stereo recording - every time I have to run for a windows PC, install the drivers and recable the interface.
Or I keep an old Notebook or virtual Windows running to make this change.
I increasingly get really frustrated on this.
Does anybody know of some software that at least is able to change the elementary settings of this interface on Linux? I don't care about the DSP stuff.
Would "class compatible" mean that the "internal settings" are exposed through this and a suitable "class compatible control panel" could access them?
If I have to get rid of this thing, does anybody recommend some equally good replacement, that will not cost a fortune? I will at least need two mic inputs with a good pre-amp (CM3 mics are good but have a rather low sensitivity), one line-in. Lately I had the need to get a signal from an external mixer that offered just balanced XLR but we at least managed to get the headphone out into the line-in with reasonable quality. So if a new interface has more than two XLR in, it would not hurt.
I know of the "no software, all hardware" interfaces like the Behringer that should work without drivers. I do like (and need) the latency free monitoring as I mostly use it for practicing my instrument and even the slightest latency between backing, mic and direct sound drives me crazy.
But none of them seems to do any panning on the channels for the monitoring headphone. Is this something that just I seem to need?
The Steinberg interfaces have no coverage here, certainly for a good reason.
But really - how complicated can it be to port a windows GUI for the device settings to Linux?