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Friday, February 13, 2004

All About ALSA

Linux Journal gives a general overview of ALSA, the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture. ALSA has been around for a while, but starting in the 2.6.x kernels, ALSA replaces the Open Sound System (OSS) as the default audio API for Linux. The article does a good job of giving a summary of ALSA's capabilities and why you should care.

I've gotten it working with a SoundBlaster Live! in my kids' box (it worked out-of-the-box with Slackware 9.1) and a SoundBlaster Audigy in my main box (I got it working with the 2.6 kernel). The nice thing is that ALSA allows me to use wavetable MIDI synthesis so now I don't have to use Timidity anymore. Unfortunately, Creative still hasn't given them the specs to support EAX. Thanks Linux Today.

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