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Old 11-28-2007, 08:51 PM   #1
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Need a Linux Distro that can handle multiple PCI sound cards

I have 5 spare PCI sound cards. Call them A, B, C, D and E. All different sound cards.

I have a spare PC. It has 5 PCI slots.

I would like to create a simple amplifier/receiver system by:
1. Installing as many of these PCI sound cards as possible

2. Connect the outputs of sound card
"A" => to the 4 Speakers and Subwoofer
3. Connect inputs to the sound cards
"B" <= from the TV
"C" <= from the DVD
"D" <= from the Cable STB
"E" <= from the Camcorder
So when I am:
  • Watching TV (local channel), I can route B's input to => A
  • Watching a DVD movie, I can route C's input to => A
  • Watching Cable channel, I can route D's input to => A
  • Watching Camcorder home movie, I can route E's input to => A
I understand that many Linux distro's can handle multiple PCI sound cards.

But I am looking for a Linux distro that:
* Has some focus on audio
* Makes this easy
* Recognizes the different sound cards at boot time
* Has some kind of application (GUI) that I can use to point-and-click for routing the audio "B=>A", "C=>A", "D=>A" or "E=>A"

What would you recommend?

Note: I only care about the audio. The video outputs are all taken care of.
Old 11-29-2007, 02:12 PM   #2
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This isn't really a distribution issue, ALSA is what handles audio devices and works equally among all Linux distributions. That said, the different distributions all come with different installed packages, and some are more geared towards a particular task (like multimedia) than others; though of course you can install the same software on any distribution.

As for some multimedia distributions, you might want to try Ubuntu Studio. I know there were a few other multimedia distributions, but I am not sure if they still are in development.


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