Is there a way to get M-Audio Jamlab working with LMMS and / or Ubuntu Studio in elementary OS? I haven't found an appropriate driver yet...

I'm on a Macbook (3,1 - late 2007).

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To get guitars or other "non-digital" (MIDI) equipment working with Linux, you will need to learn how to use JACK. Using a program called Catia from the KXStudio repository is much much easier than QJackCtl.

You will also need to make sure pavucontrol and pulseaudio-module-jack is installed.

My favorite cable so far has been a Rocksmith USB guitar cable, though they go out after regular use in a few months. Buying any audio cable with an LED light on it doesn't make any sense to me (buzzing).

Quick disclaimer

You may not be able to get LMMS working with JACK since I think it is technically dependent on Wine to work. If not, and still want to record, you could still try Ardour or Audacity.

Open PulseAudio Volume Control (pavucontrol) and look under configuration and make sure the USB M-Audio JamLab device is set to input only (I doubt you'll get both in/out working). Then, go to Input Devices tab and make sure JamLab device is the one being used. Go to Output Devices tab and make sure audio is going to the headphones or whatever you want.

Open Catia --> Tools --> Jack Server --> Configure Jack

Select Duplex Mode and make sure the Input Device and the Output Devices are correct.

Click OK, Next, go to Tools --> Jack Server --> Start Jack Server

Open the applications you want to use Catia to pipe audio through. Linux has programs like Guitarix and Rakarrack for guitar. You move the virtual cables in Catia around to make connections.


That just because you stop the Jack server, you will also have to run killall jack or use htop to find and stop the process. If your audio still acts funny afterwards, try killall pulseaudio.

Your are kind of lucky, even though you have an older MacBook, because I have a newer one with an actual HDMI port (so video and audio), and it has been nothing but hell trying to get Jack and PulseAudio to work properly. I have to kill pulseaudio to get it to reset just for normal things like Kodi or Firefox videos sometimes. And, sometimes my HDMI as an option disappears all together. If you plan to buy a newer laptop soon for Linux-only and want an actual HDMI port, don't get an Apple.

  • Thank you, @TheOuterLinux, for this very good information.
    – heinz1959
    Jul 21, 2017 at 7:31

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