[PlanetCCRMA] MAudio - the same wav in Windows and Linux sound different

Brad Fuller brad@sonaural.com
Tue Nov 22 09:58:00 2005

mArukqs wrote:

>I always had a bad feeling that the records made in Linux sound different
>in Windows.
>Here are some facts about M-Audio:
>1) there is a setting Deemphasis in alsamixer.
>In Linux it's default value is off.
>This setting is even not mentioned in envy24control.
>It has HEAVY IMPACT on higher frequencies in the recordings.
I don't find a Deemphasis setting in Windows for MAudio.

>Try to do this:
>a) open terminal
>b) start alsamixer (or amixer)
>c) find the setting Deemphasis
>d) if your M-Audio card is running on 44100 - turn this setting to 44,1kHz
>and hear the difference
>/* Joke: e) delete all the records you mastered with your M-Audio card
>before */
>Try to change this setting to various values - you will hear the BIG
>difference. It is very sad that recording which were sounding so bright in
>Linux on other audio systems sound dull, sharp and ugly :/
>It is no fun at all as I was recording with M-Audio card for a few months
>- it is better to use SoundBlaster Audigy while mastering as it has better
>drivers :/
>2) the +3db, consumer and -10db settings both in envy24control and alsa
>mixers are missing.
>In OSS they sound different than just moving Analog volume sliders in
>I tried to install OSS driver - ossxmix allows to control this mixer
>setting. And I am 90% sure that sounds, produced via OSS drivers provide
>better dynamic too.
>The first problem is very significant as it has impact on all the
>recordings - I am still in shock :/
>Dear MAudio users - I cannot trust my soundcard anymore, so I am waiting
>for your experiences, especially with Deemphasis setting.
>P.S. tests were done in pro and semi pro quality hardware. Mastered in pro
>level studios records on MAudio cards sound okay, but these bugs does not
>allow to do mastering on MAudio cards.
>Software used in testing: xmms, winamp, audacity for linux, audacity for
>windows, ardour, qjackctl, latest commercial oss drivers, maudio panel for
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