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Hey all, I keep having problems with sound applications (for example no sound in the midi application rosegarden, or no sound and no recording in audacity), and I would like ...
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    Background info on linux sound systems?


    Hey all,

    I keep having problems with sound applications (for example no sound in the midi application rosegarden, or no sound and no recording in audacity), and I would like to improve my understanding of how the various linux sound systems work to the point where I can fix such issues.

    Can anyone recommend some good introductory and advanced reading on the topic?

    Things I would like to know are: the differences between ALSA, OSS, Jack; how does the gstreamer framework fit in; why is there sometimes a problem with multiple applications accessing the sound device and sometime no, can any application work with any sound system, ...

    cheers, kai

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    Hi,

    I would start with the wikipedia entry for ALSA, it is pretty good:

    Advanced Linux Sound Architecture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Related to that, the OSS entry:

    Open Sound System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    From all I've read and remember: OSS = earlier;legacy ALSA = newer;current

    Here's an unofficial ALSA take on JACK:

    JACK - ALSA wiki

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    Thanks atreyu! I'll look into it.

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