[alsa-devel] Enabling in-kernel synch for M-Audio boards

Clemens Ladisch cladisch at fastmail.net
Tue Sep 18 15:50:04 CEST 2007

John Rigg wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 18, 2007 at 10:07:05AM +0200, Ludovico Verducci wrote:
> > As far as I know the delta family boards drivers support the
> > synchronization of up to 4 audio boards over PCI: at the moment I'm
> > reverse engineering the hardware trying to understand how this can be
> > accomplished.
> I'm aware that some Windows users are using several Delta 1010s
> without external sync, but I'm not sure how it is done (or how
> good it sounds). AFAIK it would require a VCXO so that the frequency 
> of the card's clock could be varied by enough to keep it in sync 
> (ie. making the clock oscillator part of a phase locked loop). Looking
> at the PCI card on the 1010, I can only see standard fixed-frequency 
> crystals. The only PLLs appear to be the internal PLL in the S/PDIF
> receiver and the 4046 PLL chip for the word clock input signal.

In theory, it should be possible to use the PCI clock (between 25 and
33 MHz) as input for one of the PLLs, probably after dividing it down.


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