SBC4204 User Guide

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Getting Started

The SBC4204 USB Audio adapter provides sound capabilities to the PhidgetSBC4. The audio adapter offers two integrated channels - one for speakers or headphones, and one for a microphone. Using this product requires a working knowledge of Linux. To begin, make sure that you plug it into one of the SBC4's USB 2.0 ports, not the USB on-the-go port: SBC4 audio port.jpg

Once you've plugged it in, you can type dmesg | tail -n 10 into the terminal.

Somewhere in the output, you should see a line that says

usbcore: registered new interface driver snd-usb-audio

This indicates that the device has been recognized by your system.

Install mpg123

In order to test that the adapter is working properly, you'll need a program that can play sound. We recommend installing mpg123:

apt-get install mpg123

If the test performed in the later section produces choppy audio, you can try using mpg321 or vlc instead.

Configure Sound Card Index

Enter the following command into the terminal: cat /proc/asound/modules

By default, you will probably see the following output: 1 snd_usb_audio

This means our USB sound card index is set to 1, which means most audio programs will fail when they try to access index 0 which doesn't exist. In order to change the sound card index, navigate to /etc/modprobe.d/ and create a new file there named alsa-base.conf with the following contents:


This single line is all that is needed. Once you've created this file, you must reset the SBC for the changes to take effect. You can reset through the web interface or by cycling power. When it boots back up, you can try the cat /proc/asound/modules command again to see if the index has successfully changed to 0.

Test the Audio

You can either test using an audio file (.wav or .mp3) on a USB stick, or you can enter the URL of an internet radio station.

mpg123 track1.mp3

At this point, you should be able to hear audio coming from the speaker or headphones that you have plugged into the USB adapter!