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I am facing audio clipping issues when dmix is used for playback. For the test we used a full scale sine wave tone generated using software and encoded as "Signed 16 bit Little Endian, Rate 44100 Hz, Mono". The audio is getting cut out at a 2-3 second interval during playback. This happens only for a fraction of second but it is consistent. This does not happen when audio is played back on the device directly but only when going through dmix. We have observed that there were differences in audio cutting off when the sampling rate was set to 8000Hz and 32000 Hz in asound.conf.
The contents of asound.conf is pasted below for your reference:
The configuration given above works fine with dmix in 2.6.29 kernel, I am using kernel 188.8.131.52.
I have compared the configuration differences (buffers and periods) with and without using dmix. I tried applying some parameters (like buffer_size, period_time and period_size) which was in use when audio was played directly to the hardware device by aplay using the following command:
Please help me fix this issue. Does this occur due to non-optimal settings of the parameters (buffers, periods) in the configuration or is it some other issue with the ALSA library or the kernel? Please ask if any more setup/configuration settings are required for reference.