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soundblaster and audigy sound cards

Postby cmc4bsd » 01 Feb 2010, 20:02

I have a Soundblaster Live! in my FreeBSD box now.
It's a PIII desktop with a 500 mhz processor and
512MB of memory running FreeBSD 8.0.

I use it a lot for listening to mp3s with 2.1
Creative speakers. It sounds good.

I've thought about upgrading my sound card and
the Creative Audigy SE looks like a good match.
Would I notice much difference?

Thanks for any advice,
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Postby adamk » 01 Feb 2010, 20:31

The Audigy SE is not an emu10k1 chip, and will not work with any of the drivers that ship with FreeBSD. It should work with OSS from ports, though. Having said that, I don't think you'll really notice any difference in the quality or performance of the audio.

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Postby phoenix » 02 Feb 2010, 16:50

What about [port]audio/emu10kx[/port]?

Personally, unless you absolutely need 7.1 channel audio, I don't think there's a reason to get a separate/newer soundcard.
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Postby adamk » 02 Feb 2010, 17:08

The Audigy SE does not use any emu10k* chip. It uses the CA-0106 controller.

EDIT: Oh, BTW, emu10kx is actually in the base system now.
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Postby Seeker » 02 Feb 2010, 17:19

Would this port be useful for me on 8.0?
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# ossdetect -v
Detected Sound Blaster Audigy LS / Live7.1
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Postby adamk » 02 Feb 2010, 17:23

As I said, the emu10kx driver is in the base system (and has been for at least most of the 7 series and all of the 8 series). I do not believe it supports any more soundcards than the emu10k1 driver also in the base system and, iirc, the Audigy LS is not an emu10k* soundcard.

ossinfo should show you what driver OSS is using, and my guess is that it won't be oss_sblive.

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Postby Seeker » 02 Feb 2010, 18:40

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# ossinfo
Number of audio devices:        4
Number of audio engines:        8
Number of MIDI devices:         1
Number of mixer devices:        1


Device objects
 0: oss_audigyls0 AudigyLS interrupts=1048214 (1048214)

MIDI devices (/dev/midi*)
0: AudigyLS UART (MIDI port 1 of device object 0)

Mixer devices
 0: AudigyLS (STAC9750) (Mixer 0 of device object 0)

Audio devices
AudigyLS front                    /dev/oss/oss_audigyls0/pcm0  (device index 0)
AudigyLS center/lfe               /dev/oss/oss_audigyls0/pcm1  (device index 1)
AudigyLS surround                 /dev/oss/oss_audigyls0/pcm2  (device index 2)
AudigyLS 5.1 output               /dev/oss/oss_audigyls0/pcm3  (device index 3)

Nodes
  /dev/dsp -> /dev/oss/oss_audigyls0/pcm0
  /dev/dsp_in -> /dev/oss/oss_audigyls0/pcm0
  /dev/dsp_out -> /dev/oss/oss_audigyls0/pcm0
  /dev/dsp_ac3 -> /dev/oss/oss_audigyls0/pcm0
  /dev/dsp_mmap -> /dev/oss/oss_audigyls0/pcm0
  /dev/dsp_multich -> /dev/oss/oss_audigyls0/pcm3
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Postby adamk » 02 Feb 2010, 19:22

So your soundcard is not an emu10k* card, and you have to use OSS.

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Postby Seeker » 02 Feb 2010, 19:33

That is..., to continue to use OSS... :P
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