[alsa-devel] Multichannel capture support in E-MU 1212

dustin at seznam.cz dustin at seznam.cz
Tue May 15 15:26:34 CEST 2007


I am working together with Ctirad on supporting more capture channels in E-MU1212. So far we have managed to increase the number of channels from the default of 8 to 16 (A_FXWC2 = 0xffffffff, added new  snd_emu10k1_audigy_dsp_convert_32_to_2x16 calls in emufx.c), there is still a number of issues to solve.

I would like to get your opinion on the form of adding this support to the module. The options are either hard-coding the 16 capture channels into the code, assuming that users would prefer as many channels as possible and do the routing in jack, or introducing a module parameter emu1010-capture-channels (range e.g. 1 to 16 - untested yet) and leaving the  default number at the existing 8.

Furthermore, the PCMs other than efx seem to be of no use for the EMU-1x1x models, probably fairly confusing for new users. Would you find it OK, if  they were removed for this specific card (if (emu->card_capabilities->emu1010)), keeping only the playback and capture PCM id 2?

Thanks a lot for your suggestions. Based on them, I will prepare the patch (with comments on what we found out about the card - it is a pitty that the driver has almost no big-picture comments on the supported cards' specifics, making new developers spend a number of long nights going through the nontrivial code and guessing).


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