Mark Merengue wrote:
> It is very difficult to figure out how to get playback working from
> just the FAQ. It may not even be possible. I had to use at least 3
> other websites to find out how to set this up. And even then, I had to
> fill in a few blanks myself. I'm a new RG user also, but I'm getting
> fairly comfortable with linux, and it took me about four hours to
> figure this out. I still have a lot to learn in this area as well. I
> think it would help a lot of new people out if there were a thorough
> guide to playback configuration in one place.
A lot of the difficulty in doing that stems from the fact that everyone
is starting with different configurations. By that I mean that each
flavor of Linux comes configured differently out of the box (Unbuntu,
Fedora, CentOS, Mint, etc). Add to that that different versions of each
distribution can be configured differently by default (i.e.- Fedora Core
7 has different default audio options than Fedora Core 11, and both can
be different than a stock Arch Linux install). This mostly affects
audio rather than rosegarden itself, but unless you can get sound out of
your speakers, it doesn't much matter if RG works or not.
The whole thing is aggravated by the fact that when you do a web search
on Linux audio, you get hits on HOWTOs and FAQs that are 2, 3, 4, or
more years old, each of which has a different list of things to do,
because each one deals with a different "standard" configuration (one
deals with a distribution which uses ARTs audio, another one with OSS, a
few that deal with ALSA, one with portaudio, a few with Pulseaudio,
etc), and the method you use to get jack working with each one varies.
On top of all of that software variability is that different hardware
configurations require adjustments.
I muddled through it myself, and even though I've been using Linux since
kernel 1.13 (Slack), it took quite a while to get jack working at all.
After I got that much working, getting rosegarden working was fairly
easy. One of the best advice I've seen given is to download one of the
dedicated audio distributions and try it out. They tend to work, and if
nothing else, you can look at how they are set up to give you an idea of
how to configure your install.
Check out the website I've been cobbling together. It will never be done, but it's a start:
My blog, with commentary on a variety of things, including audio, mixing, equipment, etc, is at:
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