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Re: Emacspeak with Espeak on Ubuntu doesn't work





Well, I can change that. 

Most recent versions of pulseAudio work well for me on two different systems - one running 64bit and one running 32bit Linux. 
I now need to worry a lot less about the type of audio card, can multiplex different sound sources and setup usb devices, such as mcrophones and headsets just by plugging them in. I can vary the volume of different sound sources and can stream different sources over the network to different mahcines. All in all, a lot more flexible and easier to run than just plain alsa

Pulseaudio had a lot of problems initially and you can get some weird problems when mixing in things like portaudio, alsa only software and oss stuff (though its got a lot better than it was). Getting the initial pulseaudio setup right use to be a hassle and you needed to ensure it used things like real-time scheduling, which required manually setting the right permissions and lots of other fairly complicated tweaks, but this is largely handled automatically in most distributions now.  It has taken some distributions a bit of effort to get the defaults set appropriately, but they have come a long way.

As time passes, it will become more difficult to not use pulseaudio than use it as this is the direction nearly all distributions are going. Once more and more packages have native pulseaudio support (without other layers, such as portaudio) things will get even better. I strongly recommend re-evaluating pulseaudio as I think many will be surprised how much things have improved and how flexible/powerful it is.

Tim
On Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 3:56 AM, Steve Holmes <steve@holmesgrown.com> wrote:
Yeah, get rid of pulse! I never hear anything good about pulse audio.
I know Ubuntu forces it on you guys though.  So I don't know how to
get around this.  I Use ALSA exclusively here on my Arch linux system
and it works pretty well.  I only have one particular issue with the
espeak server and emacspeak and that's to do with changing pitch when
arrowing over individual letters in a file.  It doesn't change pitch
like I want.

On Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 04:58:29PM -0500, Francisco Javier Dorado Martínez wrote:
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> Hi all
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> I am an Emacs/Emacspeak beginner
> I have decided to install Emacspeak 33.0 Stardog. The installation went OK
> but when I try to play with Espeak the audio comes too late, or cuts a lot.
> Does anyone have Espeak server working OK?
>
> I have compiled Espeak to use Pulseaudio, routed the alsa sound to Pulse
> in ~/.asoundrc
> but nothing seems to fix the problem.
>
> I have Ubuntu 10.10 distribution, AMD64 machine.
>
> Any clue would be appreciated.
>
> Thanks in advance
>
> Javier
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