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Re: FC3 wishlist - sound server

On Tue, 2004-07-06 at 18:44, Alan Cox wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 06, 2004 at 07:02:40PM +0300, Marius Andreiana wrote:
> > What about including a good sound server and use it by default? I don't
> > know what's best, but Jack seems ok.
> > http://jackit.sourceforge.net/
> > JACK is a low-latency audio server, written primarily for the GNU/Linux
> > operating system. It can connect a number of different applications to
> > an audio device,
> > as well as allowing them to share audio between themselves. 
> MAS seems to be the project the X world like. Not currently sure how
> they compare. I'd note btw low-latency is only of the considerations,
> synchronization either via Xtest or another means is also important
> (a 2 second latency on my movie stream does not matter providing I can
> synchronize video and audio)

The low-latency part is primarily useful for responsiveness wrt. to for
instance MIDI messages from a keyboard and a soft synth's response (if
there's much more than say a 10ms latency from the time I press a key on
my MIDI keyboard to the time when I hear the sound, that is actually
quite noticeable - believe it or not). So when talking about low
latencies in JACK we're talking about millisecond latencies on
specialized audio hardware. This kind of low-latency is not very
interesting really unless you're a musician.

In any case, I think I'd agree with you that MAS looks like a better
choice. JACK is more or less a specialized solution for pro audio work.


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