I have been trying to make my M-audio/Avid Fast track C400 external soundcard work on my machine. I get sound from its outs but the sound is very low and if i raise the "PCM" in alsamixer (which starts at 00) i can get decent volume but the sound is awfull. For some reason the computer assumes that the soundcard only uses various surround sound setups but i only use either two studio monitors or my headphones. Furthermore, in the alsamixer i dont get any master level i only get a huge amount of outs and effects and these "PCM" channels. Yesterday i removed pulseaudio and yet the trouble remains. My ultimate question now is does anyone think i can actually find a solution or do you think this is a driver issue that depends only on the manufacturer?