Resources for “A User's Guide to ALSA”

Resources for the print article.

ALSA Home:

ALSA Wiki:






Thac's RPMs for Mandrake:

Core Sound:

Interview with Hannu Savolainen: /article/3375

“Introduction to Sound Programming with ALSA” by Jeff Tranter: /article/6735


Similis sum folio de quo ludunt venti.


Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

ALSA write up

Travis's picture

Hi Dave,

Great write up on ALSA. When is your next one coming out?



Overall, good info

Nathan Bargmann's picture

I found the article to be quite helpful overall. I was initially confused about setting up my system to play MIDI files. It would have been more clear if the author would have emphasized that not all sound cards have a wavetable they can use for playing MIDI. I spent several hours chasing my tail and on Google trying to play a MIDI file on my T23 laptop and an Intel 800 series chipset with AC97 sound. I slowly came to the slow realization that Timidity++ is the only hope on it.

Meanwhile, I found the brief note of his SB Live! card helpful by at least giving me a lead. I have an SB PCI-512 card that also uses the emu10k1 driver and digging out the original CD revealed a file named 8MBGMSFX.SF2 on it. A bit of Googling revealed that this was the needed file and indeed, playing MIDI files now works.

I realize some of these low-level details aren't necessarily a function of ALSA, but since much of the article was devoted to MIDI and sequencing, I think they should have been developed a bit more. For all of their popularity, modern soundboards are largely a mystery for most of us.

Once we can listen to streaming audio or a CD, most of us consider the audio to be installed. My thanks to Mr. Phillips for an interesting article with many new ideas to explore.

- Nate >>