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  • chrisr
    started a topic Best sound card for World of Warcaft under Linux?

    Best sound card for World of Warcaft under Linux?

    Hi,

    I have recently bought a new PC, one of whose uses will (eventually) be playing World of Warcraft. However, this PC only has on-board sound and so I am considering installing a dedicated sound card instead. Can anyone recommend a sound card, please? Something with lots of hardware channels and a decent ALSA driver would seem to be appropriate. (My current WoW PC has an Audigy2, which has 32 channels.)

    Thanks,
    Chris

  • MNKyDeth
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    Originally posted by chrisr View Post
    That matrix is out-of-date.

    And according to Takashi's email:
    http://mailman.alsa-project.org/pipe...ry/024727.html


    This is very interesting to me as I was just pondering wich audio card to upgrade to. Replacing my audigy2zs. I have looked at many studio solutions because they have hardware mixing support in linux. RME, and a few others.

    If all I want is audio playback of anything, games, music etc, plus the ability to use teamspeak or other voice chat software like mumble is the X-fi worth it?

    To quote the mailing list you referred us too.

    There is no sequencer support, and no access to the DSP features,
    which would be needed to put it in line with the old emu10k1 features.
    What is it exactly that we are losing? What does the sequencer and dsp do? DSP uses the crystalier? what is that and how does that effect us as well?

    Sorry to revive the old thread, I just would like a bit more info on what I would be giving up versus my current Audigy2zs as the X-fi seems like the only affordable hardware mixing upgrade.

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  • BlackStar
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    Noone in their right mind should give their money to Creative after the Linux/X-Fi screwup. Besides, the Xonars are better value for money.

    On the other hand, consider getting an external digital decoder and/or better speakers instead of a new sound card. Integrated sound card + digital out will usually give better sound quality than dedicated sound card + analogue out.

    Finally, you won't get hardware mixing on Wine (much less hardware acceleration of EAX/EFX). A dedicated sound card is a waste of money if performance is your goal.

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  • chrisr
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    Email from Takashi

    Originally posted by deanjo View Post
    That matrix is out-of-date.

    And according to Takashi's email:
    http://mailman.alsa-project.org/pipe...ry/024727.html

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  • deanjo
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    Originally posted by chrisr View Post
    According to Takashi, X-Fis based upon the EMU20K1/2 chips do support hardware mixing.
    The chip does, the alsa drivers however do not.

    http://www.alsa-project.org/main/ind...-Creative_Labs

    http://www.alsa-project.org/main/ind...trix:Tag-HWMIX

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  • chrisr
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    X-Fi and hardware mixing

    Originally posted by deanjo View Post
    Just as a FYI multi voice hardware mixing is not present in the linux x-fi drivers.
    According to Takashi, X-Fis based upon the EMU20K1/2 chips do support hardware mixing.

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  • deanjo
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    There are a few cards in my collection that deserve legendary status:

    Gravis Ultrasound
    Adlib Gold with surround sound daughter card
    Yamaha SW1000XG (best damn midi period)
    Monstersound MX-300
    Philips Acoustic Sound Edge (why oh why did they loose the specs, hardware Qsound was amazing)
    AV-710
    M-Audio 24/96
    Auzentech X-Meridian

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  • deanjo
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    Originally posted by DeepDayze View Post
    I have that same exact card and it works flawlessly for me
    Oh it works, not saying it doesn't, just don't believe what is reported. Reporting 4096 voices on a card that does not even support hw acceleration was just an example.

    OT BTW Great bitperfect card on the cheap the AV-710 is. Totally bummed me out when IC Ensemble got bought out by via.

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  • DeepDayze
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    Originally posted by deanjo View Post
    Sorry but you don't, you are getting false positives.

    http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=10603

    http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=13852

    http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=11764

    http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=11499

    http://source.winehq.org/git/wine.gi...5;hb=HEAD#l266


    Don't trust what apps "report" and what is actually capable. Fmod in wine is horrible at reporting audio capabilities. My Chaintech AV-710 for example reports 4096 voices even though it is a pure audio controller with no DSP capabilities.
    I have that same exact card and it works flawlessly for me

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  • deanjo
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    Originally posted by chrisr View Post
    Here's what WoW thinks of my current sound system:

    So I get "hardware acceleration" and "reverb", even if I only get 32 channels.

    Sorry but you don't, you are getting false positives.

    http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=10603

    http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=13852

    http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=11764

    http://bugs.winehq.org/show_bug.cgi?id=11499

    http://source.winehq.org/git/wine.gi...5;hb=HEAD#l266


    Don't trust what apps "report" and what is actually capable. Fmod in wine is horrible at reporting audio capabilities. My Chaintech AV-710 for example reports 4096 voices even though it is a pure audio controller with no DSP capabilities.

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