[ut2004] ALSA or OSS
Gian Paolo Mureddu
thetargos at tutopia.com
Tue Jan 25 00:51:20 EST 2005
Bill Fraser wrote:
>The Creative cards work great. I've got an SB Live (emu10k1 chip) and
>it works flawlessly. With relatively minimal configuration I can get
>XMMS and UT2004 (and any number of other programs for that matter) to
>share the sound via Alsa very nicely. If it's a big issue for you, go
>out and buy one of the mid-range Creative cards.
Definitely the best supported soundcards are Creative Labs... Plus their
ALSA support is superb! Ironically the ALSA project started out to bring
support for the GUS [Gravis Ultra Sound] sound cards and look what it is
now... The Sound defacto standtard for Linux!! Yay!!
> They're not very expensive (~$30 on NewEgg), and they fit the bill quite nicely for the
>purpose. Driver support is excellent; my only complaint is that the
>mixer settings for input are a little broken.
What exact model is your card? What driver do you need in ALSA (if you
know)? I ask this, because recent models (AudigyLS, SB-Live 24-bit, and
possibly Audigy 2 Value) have relatively good output support but still
lack input support, that is being worked out.
Another thing to note is that even thought he capabilities of the Sound
Blaster Live and Audigy families is to output and mix 32 sound channels
in hardware, in practice (due to driver issue) they can only output and
HW mix up to 21 streams (not bad, huh?). There's a recent patch that
aims to fully use the card... I only hope this will be one of the first
steps taken to have true HW sound rendering in Linux (who knows, maybe
OpenAL will become the defacto 3D Sound API in Linux with HW renderers)...
With regards of other hardware (Intel, nVidia, Envy24, etc) It'd be
swell if manufacturers handed the required information to the developers
of the ALSA project ot broaden an deepen HW support for these cards.
Especially nForce hardware that seems to be so ubiquitous... Or migrate
their closed drivers to ALSA-lib altogether... That's their decision,
but in the mean time, their customers are the ones paying the
Anyway, my 2¢
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