Dear Lazyweb, in late 2001, I bought a shiny new computer to replace my VHS VCR and to finally help me in getting my last 200 hours worth of music form analog audio tapes into the digital domain. I have to admit that I have failed to do this.
While the TV ambitions were originally spoiled with the rotten Windows TV software that came with the Hauppauge PVR PCI card, audio with windows used to work rather decently. Until I decided to ditch Windows and to use Linux. Which looks like a mistake. Not even the audio stuff works any more.
I have bought a new TV card and a new sound card, but all I currently get (with the old sound card, btw) are audio recordings that sound way too fast.
I would like to use my DAT deck as a A/D-converter and to feed the resulting 44.1 kHz 16 bit stereo data stream to the computer via optical S/PDIF. I couldn't get the emu10k card I bought to listen to its optical entry, so I swapped it back to the cm8738-based Nightingale Pro 6. Since toying around with the IEC switches in command-line ALSA mixer, I can hear what's being put in on optical S/PDIF correctly playing on the PCs analog output.
However, when I use arecord -Dhw:0,2 -f cd foo.wav to actually record from the optical S/PIDIF input, the Result sounds way too fast. Otoh, both aplay and file(1) say that this is a 44.1 kHz 16 bit stereo WAV file.
Up to now, neither Usenet nor the ALSA mailing list have been helpful in debugging this. Oh dear lazyweb, who can help?
In the current situation, I am really really tempted to shell out money - either for a new Windows license, or for a Mac. What should I do?