I hope you'll forgive me if I ask a *really* basic question.
I'm running a mix of Debian stable and testing. Kernel 2.4.18. I have
a Creative Ensoniq AudioPCI sound-card. I'm using the OSS kernel
drivers, but working up to switching to Alsa.
I want to get better audio output---partially just for listening but
also because I'm doing more and more recording. I don't do games. So
for audio reproduction it's mainly a matter of DVD playing (opera and
jazz mostly, some rock). I use Xine for DVD playback; I also use
Ogg123 and Xmms for pure audio.
So my very basic question is: how necessary or how advisable is it to
put an amplifier between the audio output jack and the PC speakers?
Has anyone got a recommendation for a good mid-range or mid-price
amplifier that would make a noticeable difference?
Thanks a lot for your time,
I´m using a M-Audio card (Audophile 2496) and a LINN Numerik external DAC for
Audio playback.(in a ReadHat 7.3 box with ALSA drivers) very nice!
It´s very important to have a good source like uncompressed music (or a good compression like flac or someting), good Soundcard, DAC is also very important.
If you can get a nice Surround processor you will have a Sdif input, and if you
Connect computer from your Digital out to spdif in, you probably get better result.
And of cause, ordanary PC speaker is not that fun to listen at...
Try to get a pair of used nice speakers, you get more music for less money.
Best regards /Lasse
> I hope you'll forgive me if I ask a *really* basic question.
> I'm running a mix of Debian stable and testing. Kernel
> 2.4.18. I have a Creative Ensoniq AudioPCI sound-card. I'm
> using the OSS kernel drivers, but working up to switching to Alsa.
> I want to get better audio output---partially just for
> listening but also because I'm doing more and more recording.
> I don't do games. So for audio reproduction it's mainly a
> matter of DVD playing (opera and jazz mostly, some rock). I
> use Xine for DVD playback; I also use Ogg123 and Xmms for pure audio.
> So my very basic question is: how necessary or how advisable
> is it to put an amplifier between the audio output jack and
> the PC speakers? Has anyone got a recommendation for a good
> mid-range or mid-price amplifier that would make a noticeable
> Thanks a lot for your time,
Has anybody tested the Echo Layla 24? I'm searching for an external audio
interface with low latency (for soft synths) and high audio quality (I'm
tired of internal cards, buzzing or making stupid sounds when I'm moving the
mouse or something) and of course it should support Linux.
Layla catched my eye first, because you can also use it in conjunction with a
laptop. That's very handy, although not that important.
Any pros or contras? Or can anybody recommend another device that matches
And whatabout DSP functionality? I read a while ago that there are interfaces
which come with DSP chips. Is that useful? Or are they supported only by very
In the interests of making life easier for my fellow penguinistas Boost
Hardware has aquired a new user friendly, audio centric, domain name.
You can now point your browser at
and the space occupied by the LAU guide and the quicktoots will be
rendered before your eyes.
Patrick Shirkey - Boost Hardware Ltd.
For the discerning hardware connoisseur
Http://www.boosthardware.comHttp://www.djcj.org - The Linux Audio Users guide
"Um...symbol_get and symbol_put... They're
kindof like does anyone remember like get_symbol
and put_symbol I think we used to have..."
- Rusty Russell in his talk on the module subsystem
I'm finally ready (two months after I thought I'd be) to release some
music under a GPL-type music license, but now I'm getting bogged down
trying to decide which one to use. Unlike the free software community,
which has two highly visible licenses (GPL and BSD), the free music
community seems to have a number of licenses, with no clear popular
Although most (if not all) Free Music Licenses talk about "help build a
common pool of creative expression that can be accessed and improved
upon by all of society" (from the EFF's OAL), it's not clear that
their licenses allow for that. AFAIK, I cannot combine music licensed
under the OAL with music licensed under the Design Science License
or Open Content License (except with express permission of the copyright
holders, of course). This seems to result in a number of small ponds
of artistic expression, rather than one big common pool. Is this a valid
concern, or just a wild hypothesis? :)
Does anybody have a favourite Free Music License? Right now I'm leaning
towards the EFF's OAL, but I really don't like their idea that you should
use (O) instead of (c).
Two lists of Free Music Licenses:
just wondering what USB audio devices, if any, are compatible with
im thinking of using USB audio with my laptop... better quality and more
copyleft: creativity, technology and freedom?
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/ \ cat /dev/sda1 > /dev/dsp
*** stopping make sense ***
"If you want to use this program to make music that is against God and
Jesus (like HeavyMetal, NewAge,..) STOP and think that you'll be judged
someday by God Himself for causing many people to loose the Salvation and
go to hell. This will happen, no matter if you'll use my program, else's
program or anything else against Jesus's name.
I wish to know that my work will be used to praise the name of Jesus."
Could you be a bit more specific about the genres being against God and
Jesus? I wouldn't want to end up in hell.
And isn't this in contradiction with the GPL?
From: Nasca Paul zynaddsubfx(a)yahoo.com
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 01:48:18 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [linux-audio-user] New software synthesizer for Linux (free under
GPL v. 2)
Hi, I wrote a software syntesizer for Linux, it is
available at http://zynaddsubfx.sourceforge.net/ or
http://sourceforge.net/projects/zynaddsubfx/ . It has
many features including: polipohony, multi-timbral,
microtonal capabilities, 2 synth engines, effects
(system and insertion), user interface.
I started this project on March 2002 and this is the
first relase. I hope that you'll like it.
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linux-audio-user mailing list
mail2web - Check your email from the web at
A while ago I polled this group for information and opinions about
setting up sound on laptops running Linux. My article has been
published, you can find it here:
Please note that it is rather model-centric, charting my experiences
with the HP Omnibook 4150, but hopefully it will inspire other laptop
owners who may have difficulty setting up a sound system on their
Again, my thanks to all who responded and shared their own experiences
with me. As an aside, I must say I've been rather lucky with my 4150,
and I had relatively few problems. Someday someone wil have to rate a
variety of laptops by their ease of sound setup for Linux. It's evident
that some machines and/or chipsets are just not very Linux-friendly, and
that information could be very useful for a user looking for a laptop to
run Linux audio apps.
== Dave Phillips
The Book Of Linux Music & Sound at http://www.nostarch.com/lms.htm
The Linux Soundapps Site at http://linux-sound.org
The Alsa documentation is confusing me massively.
I have no problems getting a basic setup sorted but I'm having trouble when
trying to do more than one thing at a time.
I have 2 soundcards:
- via686 onboard (half-duplex hardware. Can only record OR playback, can
only playback one thing at a time atm)
- ymfpci (should be full-duplex. Can play back more than one thing at a
time. Should be able to record whilst playing back)
One way or another I need to record whilst playing back and be able to
playback from >1 source (i.e. play 2 mp3 files at once).
To do this:
- How do I go about setting up /dev/dsp1 as well as /dev/dsp? (I have edited
/etc/modules.d/alsa and update-modules to no avail. Can I do this with
seporate soundcards or
just one? (the ymfpci has 2 channels)
- How do I get my yamaha to record whilst playing back (full-duplex)? I have
followed install instructions and I think it should work
Any links or suggestions would be great. I'm finding Alsa incredibly
compilcated for me.
Perhaps (as the most simple answer) I could have the via686 using standard
OSS and the ymfpci using Alsa?
details to follow:-
snd-pcm-oss 36804 1
snd-mixer-oss 9184 0 [snd-pcm-oss]
joydev 6816 0 (unused)
input 3424 0 [joydev]
snd-opl3-synth 8604 0 (unused)
snd-seq-instr 4432 0 [snd-opl3-synth]
snd-seq-midi-emul 4560 0 [snd-opl3-synth]
snd-seq 37868 0 [snd-opl3-synth snd-seq-instr
snd-ainstr-fm 1540 0 [snd-opl3-synth]
ppdev 8292 0 (unused)
lp 6176 0 (unused)
hid 15072 0 (unused)
sr_mod 11864 0 (unused)
apm 9608 1
uhci 24296 0 (unused)
vfat 10780 0 (unused)
fat 32056 0 [vfat]
parport_pc 13252 1
parport 14208 1 [ppdev lp parport_pc]
printer 7488 0 (unused)
scanner 8512 0 (unused)
NVdriver 1065920 10
ide-scsi 7680 0
eepro100 17456 1
snd-via686 7076 0
snd-ymfpci 41664 1
snd-pcm 56256 0 [snd-pcm-oss snd-via686 snd-ymfpci]
snd-ac97-codec 24432 0 [snd-via686 snd-ymfpci]
snd-mpu401-uart 2736 0 [snd-via686 snd-ymfpci]
snd-rawmidi 12896 0 [snd-mpu401-uart]
snd-opl3-lib 5408 0 [snd-opl3-synth snd-ymfpci]
snd-timer 10688 0 [snd-seq snd-pcm snd-opl3-lib]
snd-hwdep 3712 0 [snd-opl3-lib]
snd-seq-device 3936 0 [snd-opl3-synth snd-seq snd-rawmidi
snd 25928 0 [snd-pcm-oss snd-mixer-oss snd-opl3-synth
snd-seq-instr snd-seq snd-via686 snd-ymfpci snd-pcm snd-ac97-codec
snd-opl3-lib snd-timer snd-hwdep snd-seq-device]
# cat /etc/modules.d/alsa
# Alsa 0.9.X kernel modules' configuration file.
1.3 2002/06/24 18:05:58 agenkin Exp $
# ALSA portion
alias char-major-116 snd
# OSS/Free portion
alias char-major-14 soundcore
## You need to customise this section for your specific sound card(s)
## and then run `update-modules' command.
## Read alsa-driver's INSTALL file in /usr/share/doc for more info.
## ALSA portion
alias snd-card-0 snd-ymfpci
alias snd-card-1 snd-via686
#alias snd-card-2 snd-ymfpci
#alias snd-card-3 snd-via686
#alias snd-card-4 snd-ymfpci
#alias snd-card-5 snd-via686
#alias snd-card-6 snd-ymfpci
#alias snd-card-7 snd-via686
## OSS/Free portion
## alias sound-slot-0 snd-card-0
## alias sound-slot-1 snd-card-1
# OSS/Free portion - card #1
alias sound-service-0-0 snd-mixer-oss
alias sound-service-0-1 snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-0-3 snd-pcm-oss
alias sound-service-0-8 snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-0-12 snd-pcm-oss
## OSS/Free portion - card #2
alias sound-service-1-0 snd-mixer-oss
alias sound-service-1-8 snd-seq-oss
alias sound-service-1-12 snd-pcm-oss
#alias /dev/dsp1 snd-pcm-oss? or something?
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