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Quick addition: Had a look through the questions archive, nothing jumped out and answered this, but it's possible I missed something.

Good Morning,

I'm currently in the middle of writing an automated radio playout system
for a northern student radio station in the UK (post SBN liquidation).

I have the requirement of it running on a *nix system. I'm a large BSD
advocate between our friends, so would prefer not to use Linux.

The system design consists of a daemon for each soundcard used in the
studio. I'm currently in the process of writing this daemon.

I've found that there is about a 800ms delay between the output data
being written to /dev/dsp and being able to hear the output from the
soundcard on FreeBSD. I'm working to a 200ms deadline.

I'm opening the soundcard with:

audio_fd = open((char *) device, O_WRONLY | O_FSYNC | O_DIRECT);

I've used O_DIRECT and O_FSYNC to try and get rid of this delay, but
alas that didn't work, device is cast as it's coming from a void *
(thanks to pthread_create ;).

The daemon outputs blocks of 0 when there is no actual audio to output
so the sound card is always fed.

While this isn't a problem for mpg123, it is for this application.  I've
tried to find where the delay is, however I haven't had any luck.

Could anyone knowledgable let me know if there's any hope for getting
rid of it (hacking the kernel is fine ;) or if I should "give up" and go
to linux?

I suppose Linux does have ALSA which claims 2.6ms latency but I was
hoping to just use OSS. Oh well.

For reference the test machine is a 2.2Ghz machine with a AC97 chip
(yeah crap I know, studio playout machines will probably have a Creative
card) running 4.10-STABLE (Yeasturday's cvsup).

My appologies if this isn't the right place, I'm happy to go pester else
where. Heh.

Many thanks,

Peter Wood BSc (Hons) :: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> :: Tel +44 7974 799440

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