[LAU] jack, pulse = confusion, at least for me

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Tue Mar 14 05:28:44 UTC 2017

On Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:28:20 +0100, Christopher Arndt wrote:
>Am 13.03.2017 um 20:04 schrieb Ralf Mardorf:
>> DAW users very seldom need jackdbus and other users very seldom need
>> the jack sound server at all.  
>That's just your opinion, though. I find jackdbus very useful. I often
>switch audio interfaces and JACK's dbus interface makes this a lot

That's ridiculous, jackdbus might have advantages for some usage, but
your examples don't cover them.

>I wrote a little desktop systray app to switch JACK configrations via
>dbus (I already announced this here a while ago):

Selecting a sound card could be done with qjackctl, ardour, by command
line and a lot of other ways, too, when using jackd.

>For auto-connecting JACK audio and MIDI ports, I wrote a little helper

Connections for jackd audio and midi as well as alsa midi could be
stored and restored by e.g. aj-snapshot, too.

On Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:27:09 -0700 (PDT), Len Ovens wrote:
>This is a case where the combination of pulse and jackdbus work quite 
>well. Wanting to have a DAW on the screen and be able to, without
>exiting from the DAW, play a u-toob vid...

You don't need pulseaudio to do this, but even if it would require
pulseaudio, it's a corner case.

>There are a number of workflows where a pulse/jack combination is the
>only way to make it work. (radio studio that uses skype for callin or
>interviews comes to mind)

Apart from skype interviews, what are those numerous workflows? How
often do you hear skype interviews on radio? This is a corner case.


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