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FreeBSD pcm(4) latency (From write() to audible output)
- Subject: FreeBSD pcm(4) latency (From write() to audible output)
- From: dnelson at allantgroup.com (Dan Nelson)
- Date: Fri Aug 13 08:11:30 2004
In the last episode (Aug 13), Peter Wood said:
> I'm currently in the middle of writing an automated radio playout
> system for a northern student radio station in the UK (post SBN
> I have the requirement of it running on a *nix system. I'm a large
> BSD advocate between our friends, so would prefer not to use Linux.
> The system design consists of a daemon for each soundcard used in the
> studio. I'm currently in the process of writing this daemon.
> I've found that there is about a 800ms delay between the output data
> being written to /dev/dsp and being able to hear the output from the
> soundcard on FreeBSD. I'm working to a 200ms deadline.
> I'm opening the soundcard with:
> audio_fd = open((char *) device, O_WRONLY | O_FSYNC | O_DIRECT);
> I've used O_DIRECT and O_FSYNC to try and get rid of this delay, but
> alas that didn't work, device is cast as it's coming from a void *
> (thanks to pthread_create ;).
What's your write size? At 44100khz*2 channels, a 65k write would take
around 800 ms to play. Try writing smaller chunks, or maybe raise
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