[alsa-devel] Verifying mixer dB data/Invalid dB data from USB cards, especially Aureon 5.1 MkII

Raymond Yau superquad.vortex2 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 25 00:51:21 CEST 2010

2010/2/16 Lennart Poettering <mznyfn at 0pointer.de>

> Heya,
> a while back I wrote a little tool "dbmeasure" which can be used to
> determine dB attenuation data for alsa mixer controls. I have now
> extended this little dB tools suite to include a tiny tool "dbverify"
> that can be used to verify the correctness of existing dB data exposed
> by the drivers. It should be relatively easy to use that tool,
> suitable even for non-guru folks who want to debug the dB information
> from alsa.
> http://git.0pointer.de/?p=dbmeasure.git
> git://git.0pointer.de/dbmeasure.git
> Just run "make" in a git checkout and then try:
>   $ ./dbverify Aureon51MkII Master 30 200
> That will verify the dB data of the "Master" control of the sound card
> that goes by the id "Aureon51MkII". It will compare the discrete
> volume steps 30 and 200: first it will play a full amplitude sine wave
> at mixer volume step 30, and then will change to mixer volume step
> 200, but attenuate the sine wave in software compensating for the
> volume change. So once you hear the sine wave attenuated by the hw,
> and once by the software. If the card's dB data is correct both sines
> should have the same volume.
> Lennart
Finally have time and an analog loop back cable to test your program

It really depend on your ear to do the verifcation which is not really

Unfortunately , I am unable to run dbmeasure on both of my au8830 and HDA
sound card

Can you provide any test result of your HDA sound card ?

!) The program dbmeasure.c seem underrun easily since you start the device
and waiting for the user to press enter key

2) it expect the sound driver can provide exactly 1 second buffer because
your logic is generate one second sample,  Neither au8830 nor HDA driver can
provide exactly one second buffer

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