James Courtier-Dutton wrote:
> William wrote:
>> James Courtier-Dutton wrote:
>>>Audigy LS driver is now ready for inclusion into alsa-driver.
>>>Get it from http://www.superbug.demon.co.uk/alsa
>> Are you going to work on any other Audigy-series drivers, e.g. Audigy 2 ZS?
>> I'm finding the emu10k1 driver in alsa-driver-1.0.5a has serious problems
>> with random intermittent distortion of the soundfont samples while they are
>> being played on the soundcard's MIDI synthesiser, e.g. using aplaymidi -p 65:0.
>> "Random intermittent distortion" means, e.g. the sound during MIDI playback
>> becomes "muffled" for a minute or two and then returns to normal sound
>> quality, or the sound wrongly becomes mono for a few seconds, and then
>> returns to stereo.
>> Also, it seems emu10k1 does not load soundfonts correctly,
>> especially if you ever use any really large 25MB soundfonts.
> I don't have an Audigy 2 ZS, so unless someone donates one, I can't help 
> you there.

At the moment I also have an Audigy LS (5.1) which seems to have
similar problems to the Audigy 2 ZS.

> Can you post to a web site your soundfonts file, and instructions on how 
> to use them with the creative cards, I might be able to help.

The 25MB piano soundfont is here:
Please note the author Warren has told me his soundfont is not re-distributable.

ALSA soundfont loading:  asfxload WST25FStein_00Aug14.SF2
ALSA OSS-mode soundfont loading:  sfxload WST25FStein_00Aug14.SF2

Sample MIDI files for piano: http://members.aol.com/sdrodrian/

 $ aplaymidi -l
  Port    Client name                      Port name
  62:0    Midi Through                     Midi Through Port-0
  64:0    Audigy MPU-401 (UART) - Rawmidi  Audigy MPU-401 (UART)
  64:32   Audigy MPU-401 (UART) - Rawmidi  Audigy MPU-401 #2
  65:0    Emu10k1 WaveTable                Emu10k1 Port 0
  65:1    Emu10k1 WaveTable                Emu10k1 Port 1
  65:2    Emu10k1 WaveTable                Emu10k1 Port 2
  65:3    Emu10k1 WaveTable                Emu10k1 Port 3
  72:0    Virtual Raw MIDI 1-0             VirMIDI 1-0
  73:0    Virtual Raw MIDI 1-1             VirMIDI 1-1
  74:0    Virtual Raw MIDI 1-2             VirMIDI 1-2
  75:0    Virtual Raw MIDI 1-3             VirMIDI 1-3

 $ aplaymidi -p 65:0 midi_music_file.mid

An even better test would be to do some experiments on an Audigy using
Rosegarden 4 0.9.8 for MIDI playback, JACK audio, etc

> I have a cheepo Audigy 2 (old version) that I might be able to reproduce 
> your problems on.
> I don't work with MIDI much, which is why I have not added MIDI support 
> to the Audigy LS driver at the moment.

I hope you will add MIDI support; I think it would be a great improvement. 


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