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Re: Multiple sounds

From: "Dmitri Nikulin" <dnikulin@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2006 19:50:52 +1000

On 8/21/06, Petr Janda <elekktretterr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
You were correct.
Is there any way to get this done automatically? Without manually
changing all multimedia programs that make sound?

No, so FreeBSD 5+ 'solved' it as part of devfs, making the free channels appear on demand. It's possible with other hacks beneath the kernel surface but the less of those the better. There are probably great ways to solve all audio problems, but meanwhile we already have FreeBSD 6 as a decent multimedia kernel, including automatic handling of hardware mixing and configurable generalised software mixing, well ahead of what even Linux can do. NetBSD is following suit but not quite there yet, give it some time, they like to do things as cleanly as possible.

Meanwhile, give each program its own channel. You probably only have
two or three - I for one only use audio/musicpd and multimedia/mplayer
on any Unix, and never at the same time anyway. Don't forget you can
also use esound for user-land mixing, but it's a bit of a mess given
you already have it in the kernel with only minor configuration

Dmitri Nikulin

Centre for Synchrotron Science
Monash University
Victoria 3800, Australia

email: dnikulin@xxxxxxxxx

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