Recommended play device names
default (this one will automatically use dmix for sound cards that do not support hardware mixing of multiple channels) plug:front plug:rear plug:center_lfe plug:side plug:surround40 plug:surround51 plug:surround71 spdif or iec958 (This is a special one that routes sound to the digital output of the card, for AC3 and DTS etc.)
The "plug" part implements sample rate conversion and sample format conversion. If one does not wish either of these conversions, one can use the device name without the prefix "plug:" If one wishes to only have sample format conversion, there is an alsa api call to disable the resampling feature in the "plug" plugin.
#if SND_LIB_VERSION >= 0x010009 /* Restrict a configuration space to contain only real hardware rates */ err = snd_pcm_hw_params_set_rate_resample(this->audio_fd, params, 0); #endif
If the user has more than one sound card, e.g:
0 [ICH5 ]: ICH4 - Intel ICH5 Intel ICH5 with ALC650F at irq 201 1 [Audigy2 ]: Audigy2 - Audigy 4 [SB0610] Audigy 4 [SB0610] (rev.0, serial:0x10211102) at 0x8400, irq 209 2 [Audigy2_1 ]: Audigy2 - Audigy 4 PRO [SB0380] Audigy 4 PRO [SB0380] (rev.4, serial:0x20071102) at 0x8800, irq 217
The application can select which sound card to use. e.g. to use card 2, one would use:
one could also use:
but using the name is better, as it tracks the card name even if on the next reboot the card number changes, for example, due to USB audio devices.
Some device names should not be used by applications