I've just gone through all the instructions on th Alsa Setup wiki page, and sound apps only work as root.
hw:0 is the NF4 onboard sound (CK804?)
hw:1 is my RME HDSP9652
# groups thegnu optical audio storage scanner users
$ alsamixer alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such device
qjackctl log output:
17:22:02.363 Patchbay deactivated. 17:22:02.383 Statistics reset. 17:22:02.385 Could not open ALSA sequencer as a client. MIDI patchbay will be not available. ALSA lib seq_hw.c:455:(snd_seq_hw_open) open /dev/snd/seq failed: No such file or directory 17:22:05.228 Startup script... 17:22:05.228 artsshell -q terminate can't create mcop directory Creating link /home/thegnu/.kde/socket-mu. 17:22:05.478 Startup script terminated with exit status=256. 17:22:05.478 JACK is starting... 17:22:05.478 /usr/bin/jackd -R -dalsa -dhw:1 -r48000 -p1024 -n2 17:22:05.484 JACK was started with PID=18394 (0x47da). jackd 0.100.0 Copyright 2001-2005 Paul Davis and others. jackd comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions; see the file COPYING for details JACK compiled with System V SHM support. loading driver .. apparent rate = 48000 creating alsa driver ... hw:1|hw:1|1024|2|48000|0|0|nomon|swmeter|-|32bit control device hw:1 control open "hw:1" (No such device) cannot load driver module alsa 17:22:05.514 JACK was stopped successfully. 17:22:07.597 Could not connect to JACK server as client.
$ xmms ** WARNING**: alsa_get_mixer(): Attaching to mixer hw:0 failed: No such device