Old 5th May 2001, 02:50   #1
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Does direct sound give higher quality sound than wave out Im just wondering?
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Old 5th May 2001, 05:22   #2
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Hahaha... I just popped in here to see if there was anything about what's new in 2.75 but felt compelled to answer your question (I never come to the forums anymore).

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Old 5th May 2001, 06:30   #3
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hmmm... ummm... i can listen to more then one wav at a time. but ive been using direct sound. i just figured it was better. is the anny advantage or disadvantage to using direct sound if you have the ability to listen to more then one wav?

note. im using soundblaster live plantinum 5.1
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Old 5th May 2001, 07:11   #4
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waveOut will directly harness this awesome computing power of your soundcard. DirectSound must process the sound through DirectX drivers (surprise surprise... the DirectSound drivers) before sending it to the soundcard. Stick with waveOut.


In short, DS is Windows/Software based. waveOut is hardware based.
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Old 5th May 2001, 09:38   #5
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Quote:
Originally posted by sawg
DirectSound is really only there if your system cannot display two wave sounds at one (i.e. Winamp and system sounds). Most newer systems do not have this problem.
But for sound cards that really can't play two sounds at once (like the SB PCI 128 I have in the office), using DirectSound in Winamp is potentially disastrous. When Winamp is already playing through DirectSound, and Windows attempts to play another sound through the normal WaveOut (e.g. the system's ding.wav), your sound card can't handle multiplexing but tries to do it anyway. The result varies:
  • You may get horribly garbled sound
  • Explorer.exe may bomb on an Illegal Operation error
  • You may get the Blue Screen o' Death
And I learned it the hard way.

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Old 5th May 2001, 11:12   #6
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Originally posted by Radioactive Man
waveOut will directly harness this awesome computing power of your soundcard. DirectSound must process the sound through DirectX drivers (surprise surprise... the DirectSound drivers) before sending it to the soundcard. Stick with waveOut.


In short, DS is Windows/Software based. waveOut is hardware based.
harness the true power of my soundcard... hmmm... well i have a soundblaster live, so I guess there is a lot of power to harness, but just how much better is the sound if i use waveout compared to directsound? posatives and negatives?
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