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Re: [fluid-dev] Crazy non-Xrun Xruns

From: Josh Green
Subject: Re: [fluid-dev] Crazy non-Xrun Xruns
Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2007 20:46:09 +0000

Glad to hear things worked so well for you!  Also sounds like it makes
sense to get another sound card for real audio work when you have an
hda-intel based card (which unfortunately I do).  Best regards,

On Thu, 2007-01-04 at 23:42 -0800, Ken Restivo wrote:
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> On Mon, Jan 01, 2007 at 12:28:03PM -0700, Dave Serls wrote:
> > 
> >   I haven't seen this message, but I'm more of a recidivist. Having found a
> >   combination that mostly works and is only moderately annoying, I kept it.
> >   I would suggest a sound card with more impeccable alsa creds.  Does the 
> > Mac Mini
> >   have room for a PCI addon?  The ICE1712 chipset cards are quite stable.
> >   (M-Audio 2496, Delta 1010, etc. )  Support for onboard Intel chipsets has 
> > been,
> >   in my experience, not trustworthy.  
> Well, I'm stunned, but.... it just worked.
> I mean, it worked. Out of the box. On Debian Etch.
> I plugged in the FA-66, followed the steps on Pau Arumi's blog 
> (http://arumi.wordpress.com/2006/12/19/getting-firewire-audio-work-on-linux/),
>  and... it just worked.
> I've settled on a jack config of /usr/bin/jackd -R -d freebob -p256 -n2 , 
> with excellent low latency (mostly fluidsynt stuff here) on a mostly vanilla 
> kernel. I have a RT kernel around here but I can't think of a reason 
> to arse with it, unless I wanted to try -p64 or something.
> As a bonus, it solved another frustrating problem: the fact that Firefox and 
> tools like avidemux don't support JACK, nor do I really want to wrap them in 
> things that'll give them RT priority and lock their RAM either. Instead, I 
> solved the problem with hardware: I run the yucky hda-intel in ALSA mode, to 
> handle all the non-JACK apps, and physically connect the outputs of the 
> hda-intel into two Line In inputs on the FA-66. Both my monitors and my 
> headphones come out of the FA-66. I supposes if I had an optical cable I 
> could run the hda-intel digital outs into the S/PDIF inputs on the FA-66, and 
> eliminate a D-A/A-D step. So now I can, for example, surf around Freesound 
> while having a Rosegarden/Ardour/Hydrogen/Fluidsynth project going at the 
> same time, and use the Flash mp3 player built in to freesound, to hear how 
> the samples fit in (or don't) with what I'm working on.
> It's also small and self-powered (on the Mac Mini, anyway), and I could use 
> it with any modern Sony or Apple laptop for field recordings, if I wanted or 
> needed to do so.
> Well worth the money, I have to say.
> Wow. Just... wow.
> - -ken
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