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Date:      Sun, 24 May 2020 12:49:46 +0100
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Subject:   Re: best sound subsystem for freebsd for a desktop
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Hi, thank you all for your inputs :D

On Fri, May 22, 2020 at 11:47:11AM +0200, Ede Wolf wrote:

>If I am not mistaken, there are two soundsystems in FreeBSD: OSS and the
>newer pcm. OSS may just be layer ontop of pcm, these days.

My problem is when building sound ports, I dunno what's best. Basically I w=
ant
low-latency high quality stereo sound. I'm not a musician. But I want to pl=
ay
music etc on a nice set of speakers.

>Then on top of that one may have a sound server, running in userspace.
>Most popular nowadays being pulseaudio, the successor of ESD. Or jack,
>popular for low latency audio work.

Pulseaudo gives me the heebigeebees a bit because it seems to want to wind
itself round everything. Additionally, I don't understand it.

>A sound server abstracts the low level audio api and allows stuff like
>multiple audio streams (like "you have new mail" and listening to bsd
>now on youtube), in case the hardware (or the underlying sound system)
>does not.
>
>Now the FreeBSD audio subsystem, to my little knowledge, allows for
>mixing multiple streams. The question is, does this need a special setup
>for typical desktop applications? I do not know.
>
>If not, you may skip using a soundserver.

For my use, it depends on the context really. If I'm doing actual work I'll
want say maybe a favourite internet radio station playing, but I'll also wa=
nt
mail notifications and the odd bleep to be heard as well, but for some seri=
ous
music playing, loud, in my non-work time id like to easily turn those bleeps
off and high fidelity.

>Deping on your choice of windowmanager or desktop environment, it would
>get started automatically or you may have take care of that yourself.

choice of windowmanager is a whole other can o' worms. I was using xfce4 fo=
r a
while but over the last few months it's been using 100% cpu constantly so I=
've
switched back to windowmaker which ive been using since the late 90s and ha=
ve
got my very responsive desktop back. I'd like to try something more modern
like kde5 sometime though. Really need a recent walkthrough/howto in the
context of nvidia because this is way out of my area of expertise.

Years ago I'd just configure sound_drv in the kernel and it'd just work. I
didn't know jack was something for low-latency, accurate work. Maybe i'll t=
ry
that.

thanks,
--=20
J.

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