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Re: ring.au

Raman -

The "play" script from the emacspeak distribution cats the file to
/dev/audio.  On my system, the "play" script that comes with sox
produces for most files a quieter but much clearer sound.  

Using the "play" and "ring.au" from the emacspeak distribution
produces on my system a fairly recognizable telephone ring followed by
about two seconds of noise - like someone blowing hard into a
microphone.  I do not think you would find it acceptable.  On the same
file, the "play" script that comes with sox fails with an error
message.  After adding the header, it produces a quieter but much
clearer ring followed by two seconds of silence.

I would say that, at least, the original ring.au is inappropriate for
my system (an Ensonique AudioPCI card and the audio device driver from
Linux 2.1.132).  I have heard other reports of problems with that
file, including a formal Debian bug report.  I suspect that you have a
better device driver than some of us.

	 - Jim Van Zandt

>Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 09:34:07 -0800 (PST)
>Cc: emacspeak@cs.vassar.edu
>From: "T. V. Raman" <raman@Adobe.COM>
>You overstate things when you say "ring.au is faulty"
>Emacspeak comes with its own play program and that program
>plays ring.au perfectly well.
>I mentioned the missing header as an explanation of why sox
>had trouble, I did not say the file was faulty or corrupt in
>any way.
>Best Regards,
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>    Disclaimer: The opinions expressed are my own and in no way should be taken
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