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ALSA - AudioSystem.isLineSupported FAILS with USB MIC

Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:28 pm

i'm using an USB MIC on a Raspberry and i'm developing with the JAVA SOUND API
but the Line is Not Supported, why?
I've executed this code on a normal PC with Linux and it works (the Line is supported and the Mic works)
What is missing? how can is get Line Supported?

the cose is this:

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import javax.sound.sampled.AudioFormat;
import javax.sound.sampled.AudioSystem;
import javax.sound.sampled.DataLine;
import javax.sound.sampled.LineUnavailableException;
import javax.sound.sampled.Mixer;
import javax.sound.sampled.Port;
import javax.sound.sampled.TargetDataLine;

public class TestAudio {

	public static void main(String[] args) throws LineUnavailableException {
		Mixer.Info minfo[] = AudioSystem.getMixerInfo();
		for (Mixer.Info minfo1 : minfo) {

		if (AudioSystem.isLineSupported(Port.Info.MICROPHONE)) {

			System.out.println("++ LINE IS SUPPORTED ++");
		} else {
			System.out.println("Line is NOT supported");



The output is this:

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ALSA [default], version 4.9.54-v7+
ALSA [plughw:0,0], version 4.9.54-v7+
ALSA [plughw:0,1], version 4.9.54-v7+
Device [plughw:1,0], version 4.9.54-v7+
Port ALSA [hw:0], version 4.9.54-v7+
Port Device [hw:1], version 4.9.54-v7+
Line is NOT supported

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Re: ALSA - AudioSystem.isLineSupported FAILS with USB MIC

Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:49 pm

Sorry I can't assist, I have never tried developing in Java on any platform. The only things I've done on RPi like this is recording audio from a USB webcam with 'arecord' and also separately with 'ffmpeg' as described here: ... 0#p1006200

If you can get 'arecord' to work from the command line, that would demonstrate that the hardware and the Linux audio driver is working, and it is a higher-level issue with whatever tools you are using.

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Re: ALSA - AudioSystem.isLineSupported FAILS with USB MIC

Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:19 pm

I'm not sure why that doesn't work but I've never been able to get a line from a Port that way (on Windows or Linux). If you want the microphone just get a TargetDataLine with the appropriate AudioFormat and it will be the microphone.

Please see my Intercom program at for some code examples.

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