[chuck-users] Mac OS X Lion support

Kassen signal.automatique at gmail.com
Fri Aug 19 06:46:53 EDT 2011

Hey Spencer!

> Indeed, updating RtAudio will allow us to more easily provide ASIO
> support and sort out the Linux audio landscape in perhaps a more
> sensible way, which I am very pleased about. Probably the most
> immediate manifestation will be in the form of a separate ASIO binary
> aimed at "power users"; down the line I envision command line flags to
> select which audio backend you want to use, within a single binary.
Yes, this makes sense to me. For one thing this scenario already proved
itself with the "unofficial" ASIO version that was there already. it'd be a
good idea to also consider a ASIO version of The Mini, in this context.
There was talk about this on the list in the past, searching for ASIO should
get you some of Stephen Sinclair's notes on compiling it in.

> By the way, do you have links to mailing list or forum posts related
> to the Linux audio confusion? I must have missed or forgotten that
> thread, and it would be good to understand more specifically whats
> leading to the confusion.
Actually it was quite simple; there was a .deb package that a lot of new
users took. Quite a sensible choice, of course. That package was for Jack,
which is also a sensible choice... but then it turned out that quite a few
of those new users were unaware of how to use Jack and didn't yet know how
to start the server, etc. This led a disappointingly silent first

I'd like to suggest that we try for a binary that first check whether there
is a Jack server running and connects to it if there is. If not it'd fall
back on ALSA. With no ALSA available it could take OSS as a last resort,
though I wonder how likely that situation is in practice. If that
could/would work we would probably be done with all of those questions for a
very long time and it'd be very convenient too. I suppose flags should
over-ride this, for example if Jack is running and using soundcard A and you
want ChucK to use ALSA on soundcard B for some reason.

Does that make sense? Does it sound realistic?

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