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1<?xml version='1.0' encoding="UTF-8"?> 1<?xml version='1.0' encoding="UTF-8"?>
2<!-- $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo/xml/htdocs/doc/en/alsa-guide.xml,v 1.38 2004/07/30 12:42:06 swift Exp $ --> 2<!-- $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo/xml/htdocs/doc/en/alsa-guide.xml,v 1.39 2004/08/13 18:01:14 cam Exp $ -->
3<!DOCTYPE guide SYSTEM "/dtd/guide.dtd"> 3<!DOCTYPE guide SYSTEM "/dtd/guide.dtd">
4 4
5<guide link = "/doc/en/alsa-guide.xml"> 5<guide link = "/doc/en/alsa-guide.xml">
6<title>Gentoo Linux ALSA Guide</title> 6<title>Gentoo Linux ALSA Guide</title>
7<author title="Author"> 7<author title="Author">
8 <mail link="zu@pandora.be">Vincent Verleye</mail> 8 <mail link="zu@pandora.be">Vincent Verleye</mail>
9</author> 9</author>
10<author title="Author"> 10<author title="Author">
11 <mail link="g2boojum@gentoo.org">Grant Goodyear</mail> 11 <mail link="g2boojum@gentoo.org">Grant Goodyear</mail>
12</author> 12</author>
13<author title="Author"> 13<author title="Author">
14 <mail link="agenkin@gentoo.org">Arcady Genkin</mail> 14 <mail link="agenkin@gentoo.org">Arcady Genkin</mail>
15</author> 15</author>
16<author title="Author"> 16<author title="Author">
17 <mail link="eradicator@gentoo.org">Jeremy Huddleston</mail> 17 <mail link="eradicator@gentoo.org">Jeremy Huddleston</mail>
28<author title="Editor"> 28<author title="Editor">
29 <mail link="blubber@gentoo.org">Tiemo Kieft</mail> 29 <mail link="blubber@gentoo.org">Tiemo Kieft</mail>
30</author> 30</author>
31<author title="Editor"> 31<author title="Editor">
32 <mail link="erwin@gentoo.org">Erwin</mail> 32 <mail link="erwin@gentoo.org">Erwin</mail>
33</author> 33</author>
34 34
35<abstract> 35<abstract>
36This guide will show you how to set up the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture 36This guide will show you how to set up the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
37(ALSA) on Gentoo Linux. In addition to the Gentoo Linux Desktop Configuration 37(ALSA) on Gentoo Linux. In addition to the Gentoo Linux Desktop Configuration
38Guide, this guide is supposed to give you more information on this subject. 38Guide, this guide is supposed to give you more information on this subject.
39</abstract> 39</abstract>
40 40
41<license/> 41<license/>
42 42
43<version>1.5.1</version> 43<version>1.5.2</version>
44<date>July 30, 2004</date> 44<date>August 13, 2004</date>
45 45
46<chapter> 46<chapter>
47<title>The Advanced Linux Sound Architecture</title> 47<title>The Advanced Linux Sound Architecture</title>
48<section> 48<section>
49<title>What is ALSA?</title> 49<title>What is ALSA?</title>
50<body> 50<body>
51 51
52<p> 52<p>
53ALSA is the <e>Advanced Linux Sound Architecture</e>, a project dedicated to the 53ALSA is the <e>Advanced Linux Sound Architecture</e>, a project dedicated to the
54development of a high-quality Linux sound subsystem. It has replaced OSS 54development of a high-quality Linux sound subsystem. It has replaced OSS
55(<e>Open Sound System</e>) as default sound subsystem in the 2.6 kernel series. 55(<e>Open Sound System</e>) as default sound subsystem in the 2.6 kernel series.
56</p> 56</p>
57 57
58<p> 58<p>
59ALSA provides efficient support for all types of audio interfaces, is fully 59ALSA provides efficient support for all types of audio interfaces, is fully
299Some soundcards come with onboard MIDI synthesizers. To use them, you must first 299Some soundcards come with onboard MIDI synthesizers. To use them, you must first
300install the <c>awesfx</c> package: 300install the <c>awesfx</c> package:
301</p> 301</p>
302 302
303<pre caption="Installing the awesfx package"> 303<pre caption="Installing the awesfx package">
304# <i>emerge awesfx</i> 304# <i>emerge awesfx</i>
305</pre> 305</pre>
306 306
307<p> 307<p>
308If you have a collection of sound fonts somewhere, place them in 308If you have a collection of sound fonts somewhere, place them in
309<path>/usr/share/sfbank</path>. For instance, the SBLive has a sound font file 309<path>/usr/share/sfbank</path>. For instance, the SBLive has a sound font file
310called <path>8MBGMSFX.SF2</path> or <path>CT4GMSFX.SF2</path>. 310called <path>8MBGMSFX.SF2</path> or <path>CT4GMSFX.SF2</path>.
311</p> 311</p>
312 312
313<p> 313<p>
314After copying over the sound font, select them using <c>sfxload</c>: 314After copying over the sound font, select them using <c>asfxload</c>:
315</p> 315</p>
316 316
317<pre caption="Loading the sound font"> 317<pre caption="Loading the sound font">
318# <i>sfxload /usr/share/sfbank/8MBGMSFX.SF2</i> 318# <i>asfxload /usr/share/sfbank/8MBGMSFX.SF2</i>
319</pre> 319</pre>
320 320
321<p> 321<p>
322You must have this command run every time you boot, so it is adviseable to add 322You must have this command run every time you boot, so it is adviseable to add
323it to <path>/etc/conf.d/local.start</path> as well. 323it to <path>/etc/conf.d/local.start</path> as well.
324</p> 324</p>
325 325
326<p> 326<p>
327If you can't find soundfonts on your driver CD you can download some online from 327If you can't find soundfonts on your driver CD you can download some online from
328<uri>http://www.parabola.demon.co.uk/alsa/awe64.html</uri>. 328<uri>http://www.parabola.demon.co.uk/alsa/awe64.html</uri>.
329</p> 329</p>
330 330
331</body> 331</body>
332</section> 332</section>
333<section> 333<section>

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