Originally Posted by ubuntuuser1
Thanks Studioj. Help me out: sfxload is for oss...right? asfx is for alsa...right? Which one is the best to use? What is the practical difference? I have loaded Timidity and Qsynth and loaded sndfonts with them and that worked ok. But, I'm sure that uses more system resources than the synth that is on my SB Live sound card...right? thanks
yea you are right asfxoad uses native alsa where sfxload uses alsa oss emulation.
i swear sfxload sounds way better here so just check them out yourself and use the one you like best.
in terms of system resources i think using hardware synth is better but i'm not sure. once again i always think hardware synth sounds better. plus i always have soft synths running too, the more synths the better ;-) i can use huge soundfont files here with my sb live on an amd64 cpu and it works great using oss emulation.
so many different versions of sblive out there before they stopped selling them so you just have to see what work best. i personally love having a fast hardware synth.
theoretically soft synths might have more latency problems but they are not slow enough to cause any problems here. i guess like all things music you just have to check it out and see what blows best.
i have mine load the soundfonts at boot and unload at shutdown