[ecasound] Re: realtime effects with ecasound

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Subject: [ecasound] Re: realtime effects with ecasound
From: Patrick Shirkey (kotau@firstlinux.net)
Date: Thu Mar 08 2001 - 08:34:40 EET

<Kai wrote>

>What actually are these 'sample1..5' objects? Do you >refer to audio files
>or soundcard devices?

Audio files.

>Ok, with multiple presets, no problem. But I'm >starting to think that I've
>misinterpreted your proposal. Hmm, how about: you >want to run multiple GUI
>apps, each controlling a separate part of the effect >network?

Vauguely... I'm really wondering about the possiblity of having realtime fx with multiple fx setups. The best way I can think of describing it is with the chain analogy. Bw GUI is correct.

>you have a lot to choose from.

Why is it that I can never find these programs that everyone is using?;-]

>Now the difficult part seems to be find the right >concept. A good balance
>between flexibility and intuitivity, generality and >compromises. This
>isn't as easy as it sounds.

I hear ya.

last time I tried using ecasound for realtime fx, every time I added/adjusted a new setting the sound would die for about 50ms then come back in with the new setting applied.

This isn't quite realtime however I have used terminatorX and it can do real time so I'm not too worried about that wee problem dissapearing from ecasound over time.

What I'm concerned with is the possiblity of having multiple fx processors(think boxes) running and being able to add them to or remove them from the sound stream without causing dropouts.

I would eventually like to be able to add/remove them at any place in the stream, at any time I choose. At the same time I would also like to be able to start up whole new streams.

It does seem pretty utopian now but I have high hopes and ecasound seems to be the most likely app that could do this. However I would probably use the alsaplayer GUI. It's design just appeals to me! Think of it as a skin for ecasound.

This is where I see the true potential of live performance with computers. I don't think it can be done currently but, eyes to the stars eh?


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