Interfacing Linux: Digidesign Digi 003R

UPDATE: The Digidesign Digi 003R has working drivers!

Whether you’re creating a MIDI masterpiece, recording a drum kit, or mixing a podcast you’re going to want an interface at some point. Thing is, finding out which ones work with Linux can be an adventure.

This week we’re taking a trip back to 2007 and poking the Digidesign Digi 003R with our Linux stick!

Each week we’re going to put an interface through a few trials and one tribulation.

1. Overview
2. Setup
3. Soundcheck
4. Round trip latency
5. 15 minute torture test
6. What works and what nopes.


CPU AMD Ryzen 7 1700
RAM Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB
Motherboard MSI B350 Tomahawk
GPU Nvidia Quadro 4000
SSD Samsung 840
PSU: EVGA 600 B1
Firewire: Syba SY-PEX30016
Network: Intel i350-T4
OS: Debian Buster
Kernel: 4.19.0-8-rt-amd64
Desktop: XFCE 4.12

Do you enjoy lifting heavy objects? Until the driver issue is sorted that’s all it’s good for. If you see one for under $60 you might consider picking one up just in case.

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Digidesign Digi 003R

2.5 out of 10
Works out of the box
1 out of 10
Ease of setup
1 out of 10
1 out of 10
Build quality
10 out of 10


Can be used for deadlifts.


Bad Alsa driver.

Limited sample rates.

2U form factor.


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