Subject: Re: [ecasound] recording large audio files (was: Re: Question to developers of sound editors.)
From: S. Massy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Jun 05 2001 - 02:42:02 EEST
On Tue, 05 Jun 2001, Kai Vehmanen wrote:
> simple tools handle the job, why use 'monsters' like ecasound? Well, a
> quick list of what you get by doing the above with ecasound:
> - ecasound can provide double-buffering (-z:db)
> - lock-free communication between disk and audio threads (-z:db)
> - support for realtime scheduling (-r)
> - better control over buffering done by soundcard
> drivers (-b:bsize and -z:intbuf + -z:nointbuf)
> - support more other formats than just 16bit/stereo (32bit, multich, ...)
> - support for OSS, various ALSA versions, aRts (C-API), LADPSA, LAAGA, ...
> - support for various file formats other than wav (mp3, ogg, libaudiofile)
> - ...
Ecasound even lets you record and encode directly to mp3, so you can record
for LONG periods of time without needing too much disk space. (I suspect
-z:db here really is the magic trick for the whole thing to come smoothly.)
I used to record my jams on tape so that I could listen to them afterwards
to look for good melodic lines and song ideas in them. Now I just do it
with ecasound. :) Real time encoding (with lame) doesn't even suck up too
much CPU time!
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