[alsa-devel] alsa playback channel interleaving question

Matthias Nyffenegger matthias.nyffenegger at bluewin.ch
Sun May 27 22:36:10 CEST 2007


Earlier this year I wrote to this list:

> I am trying to write an alsa driver for my audiowerk8 soundcard.
> The aw8 uses a Philips saa7146 chipset. There are 2 capture and
> 8 playback channels mapped on the saa7146's DMA as follows:
> DMA1: 2xcapture
> DMA2: 4xplayback
> DMA3: 4xplayback
> Sample format is 16bit.
> Frame format is as follows:
> (A number corresponds to a channel, a stereo channel-pair is embraced
> by [] and 1 digit corresponds to one sample byte)
> capture channels [0,1] on DMA1:        00--11--
> playback channels [2,3],[4,5] on DMA2: 22443355
> playback channels [6,7],[8,9] on DMA3: 66887799

I tried to find a way to handle this in the card, but this special 
for the playback channels is by hardware restriction and can't be worked 
in the soundcard itself.
AFAIK alsa provides the samples interleaved like 22334455 (66778899). To 
channel switching I guess some special processing in the alsa driver is 
Where is this done best? Do I have to move around the samples in the 
handler or does alsa provide some (possibly better) means to achive the 
(for the soundcard) interleaving?

Regards, Matthias

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