Re: [ecasound] For standardization sake . . . and other miscellany

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Subject: Re: [ecasound] For standardization sake . . . and other miscellany
From: janne halttunen (
Date: Fri Nov 22 2002 - 14:33:38 EET

On Tue, 19 Nov 2002 03:10:06 -0600
"Justin Rosander" <> wrote:

> Hey all,
> Sorry I've been out of the discussion for a while.

Well, this isn't LAD. ;)

> Alsa 0.9.0rc2
> If y'all think I should bump the Alsa driver up, or anything else, let me know.

Yeah, I upgraded from 0.9.0rc3 to rc6 because of stability problems. Required bit of tweaking config files, broke a little some apps, (gnome-volume-monitor now gives me an error on load, works fine after that, though) but audio has been relatively stable on my Mdk9.0 after that. (now if only I could get supermount to be reliable..)

> perhaps jackd needs to be running in pre5? I really am not certain about > whether or not I will need jack if all I'm using is ecasound for recording.

Well, you shoudn't be exactly *needing* it, if you don't want low-latency input from other jack-enabled apps out there. Low-latency within ecasound can be achived using low buffer-sizes and realtime-priority, combined with low-latency kernel. (or so I've heard)

> p.s.-- I am really interested in finding out what kind of recording gear people > are using, what kind of setup you have, soundcards, etc.

Well, I have an old GUS PnP with which I finally have become familiar with ;)
and a MIDI keyboard for control. (PC processor 400Mhz, memory 192Mb)

> p.p.s.-- I aquired an old Pentium Pro dual processor server, 100 mHz on each > chip, 5 2GB SCSI drives, and about 32MB memory (I think). Does anyone have any > recommendations on how I could implement using it in regards to HD recording, > aside from using it as a doorstop when I bring equipment into the studio?

Some people say that you should use different drives for playback and recording, when doing them at same time. If you keep CPU use at bay, I can't see why you couldn't use that machine for recording.

> p.p.p.s. -- I'm starting to write like Gandalf, so I thought I'd express my > anticipation of THE TWO TOWERS!!!!

And then wait in agony another year for the final. :)


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