Creative Sound Blaster XFI USB and Ubuntu

As of kernel in Ubuntu 11.10 (at least as of late 2011 updates), XFI USB (and Titanium HD support) is there.

However for whatever reason, it’s disabled by default as a preference/rule in /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf, and doesn’t show up in listed devices nor does it play.

Had to go in that conf file, right near the bottom or find this:
“# Keep snd-usb-audio from beeing loaded as first soundcard
options snd-usb-audio index=-2”

… and change the -2 to 1 (being an index for device). This allowed both my on-board Intel audio (index 0) and USB xfi (index 1) to show up at the same time.

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