Musicpd-1.16_1 white noise with MP3 playback [SOLVED] -- thanks for feedback!

Chris Rees utisoft at
Tue Mar 1 21:00:42 UTC 2011

On 27 February 2011 15:17, Chris Rees <utisoft at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've been deluged with complaints about the dreaded white noise with
> musicpd, and now I've finally reproduced it I've got a workaround:
> audio_output {
>        type            "oss"
>        name            "My OSS Device"
>        device          "/dev/dsp1"     # CHANGE THIS FOR YOUR DSP!
>        format          "44100:16:2"    # optional
>        mixer_type      "hardware"      # optional
>        mixer_device    "/dev/mixer1"   # CHANGE THIS FOR YOUR MIXER!
>        mixer_control   "PCM"           # optional
> }
> I'm pretty sure it is (as Max Kellerman suggested) due to 24-bit
> support in musicpd; our base OSS doesn't play well with it.
> I'm sorry about the delay; I've got a Xonar D2X in this computer so I
> have to use ports OSS, which doesn't share this problem.
> Please let me know if you still have this problem!
> A 'proper' fix is in the works.

Right, the port has a nice new patch [1], which means you don't need
anything special in ${MPDCONF} any more.

0.16.1_2 will disable 24-bit audio support on non-Linux systems.

I've heard from some that you may have trouble on this version with
autodetected sound drivers; best to explicitly uncomment the oss
section of mpd.conf.

Any more complaints, pass them to me!



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