Subject: Re: PCM8 vs. PCM16/LINEAR?
To: Rob Healey <>
From: John Brezak <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 08/07/1995 08:55:30
> > True. But Sun really didn't get things right. They work ok for the limited
> > audio capabilities of their workstations, but the PC audio cards today
> > are way beyond that. In the NetBSD mixer design, there was a alot of though
> > put in for flexability and capability for compat. I think it has both. I
> > looked at many mixers, and thought that the Windows one really had the
> > most flexability. The Sun one, well it was for a Sun.
> > 
> 	Which Sun? The current model Sun's like the 4 and the 5 have much
> 	more capable sound system than the SS1/SS2 type systems.
> 	The audio interface in Solaris has been extended to handle the
> 	additional capabilitys; i.e. stereo CD+ sound record/playback and
> 	internal snarf from the CDROM on the 4/5's.
> 	Interested partys may want to look at the current Solaris 2.4 interface
> 	rather than some old ratty StunOS 4.x one build for anciant SS? series
> 	boxes...
> 		-Rob

I didn't intend for this to turn into Sun vs... so please direct those sorts
of replies directly to me and leave tech-kern alone - thanx.

Other capabilities (to name only a few) are -

- Greater than 2 channels of sound
- DSP access
- Effects

Many PC cards can do these things

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