[alsa-devel] Master vs. Front/Rear/LFE/... elements

Lennart Poettering mznyfn at 0pointer.de
Thu May 7 14:56:54 CEST 2009

On Thu, 07.05.09 12:30, Takashi Iwai (tiwai at suse.de) wrote:

> At Thu, 7 May 2009 11:09:16 +0100,
> Mark Brown wrote:
> > 
> > On Thu, May 07, 2009 at 10:49:22AM +0200, Takashi Iwai wrote:
> > 
> > > IMO, the best would be a total rewrite of the current mixer API, as I
> > > mentioned some times.  Right now it's more complicated than needed,
> > > but not powerful enough to handle exceptional cases.
> > 
> > Indeed - for example, something that allowed audio routing to be
> > expressed in the mixing API would be a very big win for embedded systems
> > too.
> Right.  But this would also require some changes in the driver side,
> and it could be complicated.
> Actually, we had this kind of information in the time of ALSA 0.5.
> However, it ended up with too burden to the driver code because one
> had to write a comprehensive static graph in the driver code itself
> (generated by hand!).  Also, some mixer elements are tightly coupled
> with certain audio components, but some are pretty abstract and hard
> to put into a graph.  So, we reduced that in the newer API and
> implemented a straight array of control elements instead.
> Nevertheless, a sort of linking would be useful in addition to the
> current form.  For example, coupling between the control element and
> the PCM stream is missing, too.
> Alternatively, we may have an external data outside the kernel
> driver.  In that case, the data can be expressed more flexibly
> (XML? Oh yeah :)

That would actually work for me and I wouldn't even be that disgusted
by this usage of XML ;-)

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