On Sun, 10 Sep 2000, Joe Fay wrote:
> 1. Are there any full-function, bug-free ; ) drivers for the Sound
> Blaster Live! series of cards yet? Can I finally give up my Gates
> machines??? Can I, huh? Can I? I wouldn't care if I had to pay for
> them, if they met the above specs.
I get the SBLive drivers from CVS every month or so and I have no problems
with them. I don't know whether MIDI is working yet (which I assume is
what your looking for). The DSP is also dead in the water since creative
haven't been forthcoming with any info on it. So much for their opensource
> 2. Are there any full-featured programs for Linux that would be
as > functional as the Adaptec EasyCD Creator and DirectCD (not to mention
> Spin Doctor and Take Two) that are available under Windows?
cdrecord - or its frontends, like XCDRoast
> 3. How about some things like CakeWalk or Band-In-A-Box?
Windows is pretty bad for this kinda software, linux is even worse (atm),
get a Mac.
> 4. In short, What is the 'sound' state of the Linux union? If were
> still far off, any guesses as to how far???
Crummy. Linux has managed to keep up with 3d graphics hardware because
theres such a massive interest in it. However, the same can not be said
for sound. Once a soundcard is considered "working" (PCM, Mixer)
development usually grinds to a halt. But you can't blame them really, the
audio architecture is just so limited (it just plain sucks). The SBLive
drivers basically make it a glorified SB16 with hardware mixing. It'll be
a *long* time before we see any prefessional quality audio applications
I'm afraid. The facilities just aren't there.
Bother, said Pooh as Vader stopped him from killing the Emperor.
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