- Jack clients that perform I/O with an
alternate audio interface
A JACK client that opens a specified audio interface (different to the one used
by the JACK server, if any) and moves audio data between its JACK ports and
the interface. alsa_in will provide data from the interface (potentially for
capture); alsa_out will deliver data to it (for playback).
The audio interface used by alsa_in/alsa_out does not need to be synchronized
with JACK backend (or the hardware it might be using). alsa_in/alsa_out tries
to resample the output stream in an attempt to compensate for drift between
the two clocks.
As of jack-0.116.3 this works almost perfectly. It takes some time, to reach
absolute resample-rate stability. So give it some minutes (its intended to be
running permanently anyways)
- -j jack_client_name
Set Client Name.
- -d alsa_device
Use this Soundcard.
Verbose, prints out resample coefficient and other parameters useful for
debugging, every 500ms. also reports soft xruns.
Instrumentation. This logs the 4 important parameters of the samplerate
control algorithm every 1ms. You can pipe this into a file, and plot it.
Should only be necessary, if it does not work as expected, and we need to
adjust some of the obscure parameters, to make it work. Find me on
irc.freenode.org #jack in order to set this up correctly.
- -c channels
Set Number of channels.
- -r sample_rate
Set sample_rate. The program resamples as necessary. So you can connect a
44k1 jackd to a soundcard only supporting 48k. (default is jack
- -p period_size
Set the period size. It is not related to the jackd period_size. Sometimes
it affects the quality of the delay measurements. Setting this lower than
the jackd period_size will only work, if you use a higher number of
- -n num_period
Set number of periods. See note for period_size.
- -q quality
Set the quality of the resampler from 0 to 4. can significanly reduce cpu
- -m max_diff
The value when a soft xrun occurs. Basically the window, in which the dma
pointer may jitter. I don't think its necessary to play with this
- -t target_delay
The delay alsa_io should try to approach. Same as for max_diff. It will be
setup based on -p and -n which is generally sufficient.
- -s smooth_array_size
This parameter controls the size of the array used for smoothing the delay
measurement. Its default is 256. If you use a pretty low period size, you
can lower the CPU usage a bit by decreasing this parameter. However most
CPU time is spent in the resampling so this will not be much.
- -C P Control Clamp
If you have a PCI card, then the default value (15) of this parameter is too
high for -p64 -n2... Setting it to 5 should fix that. Be aware that
setting this parameter too low, lets the hf noise on the delay measurement
come through onto the resamplerate, so this might degrade the quality of
the output. (but its a threshold value, and it has been chosen, to mask
the noise of a USB card, which has an amplitude which is 50 times higher
than that of a PCI card, so 5 wont loose you any quality on a PCI card)