Comments on: Using the ASUS Xonar Essence STX Under Linux PC enthusiasts one-stop resource for high-quality reviews, articles and current technology news. Mon, 03 Aug 2015 07:53:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Rob Williams Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:51:00 +0000 I’ve never had to use oxygen, and still don’t. I thought it was exclusively used by other C-Media cards that weren’t Xonars (I am not sure what makes the Xonars special over the other C-Media cards). Here’s a screenshot of my current setup:

You can see that Oxygen is not even enabled in the kernel, yet the mixers refer to the card as being both Oxygen and Virtuoso. It’s a little interesting. I guess maybe Oxygen is the name of the chipset itself and Virtuoso is the name of ASUS’ off-shoot.

We do have a forum, but it’s kind of in a limbo stage since we might upgrade them in the future. Disqus always works well for questions.

It’s funny you mention Pulse EQ, because I was forced to move to Pulseaudio last month after I upgraded to a version of Skype that seemed to insist upon it. As soon as I did that, I lost so many of the individual controls on the card in KMix. These really didn’t matter to me, but even so. The card still sounds great.

By: Steve Phillips Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:02:00 +0000 Hi Rob. Thanks for the response and help. I found these lines
snd_oxygen_lib 36709 1 snd_virtuoso and

snd_virtuoso 39047 2 when I ran ‘lsmod’ as you suggested.

Please keep these posts and article going and also please consider setting up a forum, because there is certainly a call for assistance, views etc, regarding this excellent perice of kit! The help and discussions I found are in off topic forums and is at best fragmented.

Fingers crossed that someone starts to develop the Pulse Eq, again because I cant think of an alternative at the moment, and it’s a great add on to the card.

Again Rob many thanks – Steve

By: Rob Williams Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:01:00 +0000 I’d assume that since the card is working, virtuoso is already loaded, since that’s still the main driver. You can go sudo or su and run ‘lsmod’ and see if it’s listed there. Either way, if the card is working, there’s really nothing you should have to do, especially if all of the functionality is there.

I can’t believe this article is five-years-old… I’m still using the same Xonar card!

By: Steve Phillips Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:47:00 +0000 Received mine today. I was due for a re-install and thought it best to leave till I
got this card and WOW……… what a sound, worth every penny.

Crunchbang 11 (Debian stable) detects it as the aforementioned (C-Media CMI8788 –
Oxygen HD Audio) and I am controlling it though the Pulse Multi-band EQ which I downloaded from;
I and also ran ‘apt-get install python-dbus python-qt4 python-qt4-dbus pulseaudio-utils’
for good measure. The EQ interface can be run through Alt F2 ‘run program’ using the cmd pulseaudio-equalizer-gtk. The EQ’s development seems to erratic but is does the job and retains all settings even on a reboot.

That said guys, do I really need virtuoso? Please let me know if you have any opinions or advise on the way I have set it up.

Thanks for the guide and article, it was this that persuaded me to buy the card.

By: Rob Williams Sat, 14 Dec 2013 19:55:00 +0000 I agree with you. I’m still rocking it :D Damn, I’ve had a piece of hardware last me over four years!

By: Matt Sat, 14 Dec 2013 02:53:00 +0000 It’s still one of the best sound cards around.