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[Qemu-devel] [PATCH 22/25] audio: add mixeng option (documentation)

From: Kővágó, Zoltán
Subject: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH 22/25] audio: add mixeng option (documentation)
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2015 20:28:34 +0200

This will allow us to disable mixeng when we use a decent backend.

Disabling mixeng have a few advantages:
* we no longer convert the audio output from one format to another, when
  the underlying audio system would just convert it to a third format.
  We no longer convert, only the underlying system, when needed.
* the underlying system probably has better resampling and sample format
  converting methods anyway...
* we may support formats that the mixeng currently does not support (S24
  or float samples, more than two channels)
* when using an audio server (like pulseaudio) different sound card
  outputs will show up as separate streams, even if we use only one

* audio capturing no longer works (wavcapture, and vnc audio extension)
* some backends only support a single playback stream or very picky
  about the audio format.  In this case we can't disable mixeng.

However mixeng is not removed, only made optional, so this shouldn't be
a big concern.

Signed-off-by: Kővágó, Zoltán <address@hidden>
 qapi/audio.json | 5 +++++
 qemu-options.hx | 6 ++++++
 2 files changed, 11 insertions(+)

diff --git a/qapi/audio.json b/qapi/audio.json
index b57b215..0216a10 100644
--- a/qapi/audio.json
+++ b/qapi/audio.json
@@ -184,6 +184,10 @@
 # General audio backend options that are used for both playback and recording.
+# @mixeng: #optional use QEMU's mixing engine to mix all streams inside QEMU.
+#          When set to off, fixed-settings must be also off.  Not every backend
+#          compatible with the off setting (default on)
 # @fixed-settings: #optional use fixed settings for host input/output.  When
 #                  off, frequency, channels and format must not be specified
 #                  (default on)
@@ -207,6 +211,7 @@
 { 'struct': 'AudiodevPerDirectionOptions',
   'data': {
+    '*mixeng':         'bool',
     '*fixed-settings': 'bool',
     '*frequency':      'int',
     '*channels':       'int',
diff --git a/qemu-options.hx b/qemu-options.hx
index 60a3563..bd922bf 100644
--- a/qemu-options.hx
+++ b/qemu-options.hx
@@ -329,6 +329,7 @@ DEF("audiodev", HAS_ARG, QEMU_OPTION_audiodev,
     "                specifies the audio backend to use\n"
     "                id= identifier of the backend\n"
     "                timer-period= timer period in microseconds\n"
+    "                in|out.mixeng= use mixeng to mix streams inside QEMU\n"
     "                in|out.fixed-settings= use fixed settings for host 
     "                in|out.frequency= frequency to use with fixed settings\n"
     "                in|out.channels= number of channels to use with fixed 
@@ -397,6 +398,11 @@ Identifies the audio backend.
 Sets the timer @var{period} used by the audio subsystem in microseconds.
 Default is 10000 (10 ms).
address@hidden in|out.mixeng=on|off
+Use QEMU's mixing engine to mix all streams inside QEMU.  When off,
address@hidden must be off too.  Not every backend is fully
+compatible with the off setting.  Default is on.
 @item in|out.fixed-settings=on|off
 Use fixed settings for host audio.  When off, it will change based on
 how the guest opens the sound card.  In this case you must not specify

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