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Create Dummy ALSA Devices (en mass)
Create Dummy ALSA Devices (en mass)
Written by Mike C. Fletcher on April 16, 2012 in Tuxedo.
Since this was a bit of a pain to track down, here's the process, on an Ubuntu Server 12.04 machine, to create many ALSA dummy devices:
$ cat /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-dummy.conf
options snd-dummy enable=1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1 pcm_devs=4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4 fake_buffer=0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0
$ modprobe snd-dummy
That sample creates 48 dummy devices (on 12 cards), though that's likely more than you'll ever need. The fake_buffer array means they should all have a real internal buffer. The "enable" array is specifying how many cards to create. The pcm_devs array specifies how many pcm devices to have on each card.
Note that dummy devices do not seem to work as the target of dmix. You can use a file plugin to send the audio sent to the dummy device into a file or pipe.
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