[Solved] Re: Sound Blaster Live and 4 channel output

Damien Uern carrigan_2606 at optusnet.com.au
Sat May 17 22:45:17 CST 2003

OK FINALLY! I have 4 channels working properly in the various DVD players, I 
will detail steps here:

The device required for ALSA as mentioned below is surround40 for 4 speaker 
surround sound, surround51 for 5.1 speaker... To get sound on the rear 
speakers, using an alsamixer (such as alsamixergui or just alsamixer), 
increase the volume of the "Surround Digital" controls. (If you still don't 
get sound on the rear speakers while playing a DVD, all I can suggest is 
playing with the other controls via trial and error. That's what I did, and 
the "Surround Digital" controls seemed to do the trick).

To enable 4 speaker support with mplayer, simply pass

-ao alsa9:surround40

on the command line to mplayer. 

Ogle 0.9.1 now supports multi channel output also, edit your oglerc file (in 
/etc/oglerc or /usr/share/ogle/oglerc) so that the driver/speaker 
configuration parts look like this:


xine is already setup for this and worked out of the box (for me anyway).



On Sat, 17 May 2003 10:31 pm, Damien Uern wrote:
> Update:
> mplayer -channels 4 -ao alsa9:surround40 dvd:// -dvd-device /dev/dvd
> seems to open 4 channels okay (works with ogle too)...however I don't seem
> to get any sound on the rear speakers now. hmm maybe something is mute :/
> *sigh* oh well one step closer
> Damien
> On Sat, 17 May 2003 06:53 pm, Damien Uern wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I have been trying for _ages_ to get proper 4 speaker output using the
> > ALSA drivers and my Sound Blaster Live! Value. I'm using Mandrake 9.1
> > (which has ALSA v 0.9beta).
> >
> > At the moment I have sound coming out of front and back speakers, but the
> > back speakers just mirror the sound of the front speakers. If I try to
> > open mplayer with -channels 4, then the ALSA output plugin fails because
> > it is an invalid number of channels. Also, when using SDL, only 2
> > channels can be opened (even if more are specified), ditto with ogle.
> >
> > I so badly want to get this to work, anyone managed to accomplish this
> > feat?
> >
> > Damien

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