Buying new sound card

Pieter de Goeje pieter at
Tue Oct 23 17:52:21 PDT 2007

On Tuesday 23 October 2007, Roland Smith wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 04:29:34PM +0200, Dick Hoogendijk wrote:
> > Pieter de Goeje <pieter at> writes:
> > > On Sunday 21 October 2007, Roberth Sjonøy wrote:
> > >> Anyone who can confirm that a Creative SB Audigy SE PCI works with
> > >> FreeBSD?
> > >
> > > It doesn't work, unless you install the oss driver from
> > >
> >
> > That is not too hard ;-)
The OSS drivers do not integrate as well as the native drivers with most 
multimedia applications. Features like automatic vchannels are missing. Also, 
I found the mmap'ed audio support to be buggy, but this may have changed.
> >
> > > Note that in my opinion the native FreeBSD drivers are a lot better.
> >
> > What drivers? The ones that don't exist for the card?
Drivers for supported cards ofcourse :)
> >
> > In my opinion the SB Audigy is a very common card that should have
> > been supported long ago. On the other hand, the OSS drivers are very
> > good.
> The command 'apropos Audigy' gives: snd_emu10k1(4)
> I quote:
>       The snd_emu10k1 driver supports the following sound cards:
>      o   Creative SoundBlaster Live! (EMU10K1 Chipset)
>      o   Creative SoundBlaster Audigy (EMU10K2 Chipset)
>      o   Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2 (EMU10K2 Chipset)
>      o   Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2 (EMU10K3 Chipset)
> I'm not sure if this is the right one, because I can't find the type of
> chip used in the SE on the Creative site.
The Audigy SE (24bit/96khz) isn't among the supported cards. I bought this 
card some time ago because it was dirt cheap, only to discover that there was 
no native freebsd driver for it. The chip is different from the standard 
Audigy. I have to say, the windows drivers sucked too. It is now collecting 
dust in my hardware bin :)

> Roland

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