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Making Linux Sing - page 2

The Drivers: OSS and ALSA

  • July 2, 2002
  • By Dee-Ann LeBlanc

There are a number of tools that work in conjunction with the OSS and ALSA drivers. One of these is SLab (, a suite of applications that handles multi-channel audio mixing, effects, direct to disk recording, and signal manipulation. If you are an audiophile looking for such tools, your best bet is to download this suite and read the slab.history file to see the full listing of capabilities.

To give this GUI program a try, you first need to download it, gunzip it, and untar it. Then change to the slab/bin subdirectory, and type ./startSLAb, which first does a lot of setting up, processing, and compiling, and then starts the SLab tool (Figure 1). Through this interface you can access the entire suite, including StudioSLab, TapeSLab, DeviceSLab, WaveSLab, and MasterSLab.

Be warned, though. Documentation doesn't seem to have been a high priority.

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